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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 almost without trying!’
– David Kidman, Fatea

‘Yet another blisteringly good album from my favourite Old Time band… This gets my vote of Best Album of the Year.’
– Mary Humphreys, Mardles magazine


For more details and to order please visit the Wild Goose Records website.


Old Virginia - front

Old Virginia - back

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 of fiddler Ben Paley and guitarist Tab Hunter on vocal harmonies, this is a band which combines flawless technique with subtlety and imagination. By turns exuberant and heartfelt, their live performances are an unconfined joy!….”  – Stuart Reed, February 2013

“Hunter, Paley and Stewart are all widely-acknowledged masters of their instruments but there isn’t a trace of the dry, sterile, academic virtuosity that afflicts the recordings of too many for whom it all comes very easily – rather a real sense that these chaps are using their ears as much as their fingers….”  – Steve Hunt, fRoots Magazine


To download the press release including details of how to order, please click here.


Beauty and Butchery

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 others.

A Hisory of Insolence


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 hard to put together a suitable set of tunes for the dances, and met our caller, the pipe major of the local highland bagpipe band, when we arrived in Sao Paulo. The dance went really well, and we spent the rest of the trip being transported around the city to play in local schools, an old people’s home, and for the British Legion. Thanks to our hosts Jonathan and Derek and all the other staff for an amazing ten days.

Photos to follow…

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.

Beer Mat in Japan

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.

 Songs of Old Appalachia - front

Songs of Old Appalachia - back

“Alice was born and raised as one of eight children in the heart of West Virginia, the only state completely within the Appalachian Mountain range. She spent 43 years of her life living up the same holler, until she made the move to England. She learned many songs from her mother and from folks in the local area and has sung them all her life.

The cover picture shows the house where Alice was raised. The picture was taken in 1978.”


The album is available from the Wild Goose Records website.

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!

Rattle at Wild Goose