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CD Release: Rattle on the Stovepipe – Old Virginia

Released in 2014, this is the second album from Rattle on the Stovepipe’s Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and Dan Stewart.

‘Old Virginia proves a heartwarming and tremendously enjoyable disc that does exactly what the press handout proclaims – “puts a smile on the face and a skip in the step” – and does it all [...]

CD Release: The Long Hill Ramblers – Beauty and Butchery

The first album from the Long Hill Ramblers with Laura Hockenhill, Ben Paley and Tab Hunter and me. Again some very nice reviews

“Laura Hockenhull’s effortless vocal style captures the essence of traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic. With the backing of Dan Stewart (banjo & mandolin) and the internationally acclaimed duo [...]

CD release: Naomi Bedford – A History of Insolence

Naomi and Paul asked me to provide banjo for some of their tracks on this new critically acclaimed release. It was included in Mojo Magazine’s Top Ten Folk Albums of 2014 (and Mike Harding’s), and in Robin Denslow’s Top Ten Albums of 2014 in The Guardian .

Reviews in The Guardian, and Fatea Records amongst [...]

Scottish Ceilidh in Brazil!

One of the most exciting things about being a freelance musician is getting calls out of the blue offering work that I never could have imagined… in this case, being flown out to Brazil to do a paid formal Scottish Ceilidh for the Caledonian Society of Sao Paulo! It was short notice so we worked [...]

Found on a beer mat in Japan…

In 2010 I went to Japan with Rattle on the Stovepipe, where we played at a mix of venues in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima. Nearly three years later we were spotted by a friend on a beer mat in an Irish bar in Kyoto! She emailed us the photo below.

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CD Release: Alice Wylde – Songs of Old Appalachia

I was really pleased to be asked by the wonderful Appalachian singer Alice Wylde to provide the music for her album, Songs of Old Appalachia. We spend a week in November recording at Wild Goose Records in Hampshire, and the CD was released last month.

“Alice was born and raised as one [...]

Rattle on the Stovepipe new album recorded!

Had a brilliant week in the studio with Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper. Looking forward to getting the first mixes back in a couple of weeks. Many thanks to engineer Doug Bailey at Wild Goose Records!