I’ve wanted to learn this beautiful air for a long time. Composed by English musician/songwriter/composer Chris Wood – one of English folk music’s iconic fiddlers – it seems to have become known online predominantly as a melodeon tune. The version I’ve chosen for tunecatching is played on melodeon with clarity and heart by Cambridgeshire-based musician Anahata.
Fiddle versions are few and far between, but I love the Will Pound Band’s soulful arrangement* with English fiddler Henry Webster. Enjoy it here (Will preferred me not to embed the video as the band is no longer together, but as it’s still up online I’m assuming a simple link is acceptable.) *Note that harmonica virtuoso Will tweaks the straight melody to fit the harmonica’s range.
Anahata (Oakwood D/G melodeon)
(‘Mrs Saggs – a tune by Chris Wood – Anahata, melodeon’. YouTube video, 2:33. Uploaded by anahatamelodeon on Aug 18, 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv2LkaxLOw4)
Henry Webster: website
Radio Rich Pickings launches today!
Tuesday 27 September 2016
TO LISTEN ONLINE:
- Click the LINK
- Click PLAY
My good friend and West London neighbour, ex-Genesis roadie turned environmentalist Richard Macphail, goes solo on air tonight with his shiny-bright new radio station, playing an eclectic mix of rock (1960-1985 ish), jazz, classical, folk, and a whole kaleidoscope of you-heard-it-here-first stories from his years on the road.
The second hour he describes as Off Piste – and it does what it says on the tin. Tonight, acclaimed English folk band Leveret (a Fiddletails favourite) is on the playlist with a track from their 2016 CD In The Round.
Kick back and stretch your ears for a while. I’ll see you there!
(Radio Rich Pickings: http://184.108.40.206:8200/index.html)
7-9 October 2016
Just a few places left on this first event in Laurel Swift’s 2016-2017 varied teaching programme – a multi-instrumental weekend retreat with the emphasis on developing ensemble skills alongside individual playing and musicianship. Expect dynamic, inspirational teaching in great company, fuelled by wonderful food and drink in glorious country settings.
Oh, and you’ll need to pack walking boots with your instruments!
Full details and booking here.
For Laurel’s full programme of retreats, workshops and classes, see the Teaching menu on her website.
Hurdy-gurdy maestro Nigel Eaton’s haunting evocation of this ancient European wader, a frequenter of marshes and estuaries. A 3/8 bourée, he wonders…? Sounds good to me.
Nigel Eaton (hurdy-gurdy)
Played on a hurdy-gurdy made by his father, Chris Eaton.
(‘Curlew’, YouTube video 4:12. Posted by Nigel, 2 Mar 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcg6D_fQMUQ)
Nigel Eaton: Soundcloud YouTube
Nigel Eaton, cabinetmaker: website
Chris Eaton, maker of hurdy-gurdies: website
Gadarene and Dipper Malkin
Two great London gigs a stone’s throw from Kings Cross, with Fiddletails-featured musicians as you’ve probably never seen them before!
Kings Place, Friday 29 April, 10-11.15 pm
Info and tickets here (Note late performance times – but Kings Place is only a short walk from Kings Cross tube.)
Fiddler Laurel Swift clogs and swings double bass in this extraordinary band playing ‘ultra-modern ancient music that’s wild enough to dance to! Gadarene transform obscure English 18th and 19th-century tunes with arrangements drawing on styles from funk and reggae to electronic and trance. With clogs and drums, mandolin, double bass, fiddle and flute, the band celebrate the release of their new CD’.
(Laurel Swift previously featured in posts Ben & Laurel 28 May 2015, and Idbury Hill audio teaching track 22 Aug 2015)
The Harrison, Sunday 1 May, 8-11 pm
Info and tickets here
Fiddler/viola d’amore player John Dipper joins forces with guitarist/singer Dave Malkin in a subtle and intriguing new duo.
Dipper Malkin: Facebook
(John Dipper previously featured in Oss 18 Sept 2015)
Folk Music Retreat with Laurel Swift
April 8th – 10th 2016
Just a few places left on this amazingly good workshop with fiddler/composer/dancer Laurel Swift. Fabulous teaching, playing and walking (and food!) in an unspoilt Lincolnshire village – the kind of weekend where you play your socks off and go home feeling as though you’ve had a week’s holiday.
Don’t forget your walking shoes as well as your instrument/s!
Full details and booking on Laurel’s website
Fiddler Emma Reid’s composition Great Uncle Henry, played with Rob Harbron’s Waiting For Rain in a set of memorable tunes from the duo’s subtle, engaging album Flock & Fly.
Rob Harbron & Emma Reid play London’s Green Note
Monday 4 April
Details and booking here.
Rob Harbron (concertina), Emma Reid (viola)
You can hear and buy Flock & Fly on Bandcamp here, or by clicking on the player links above.
Rob Harbron: website Twitter
Emma Reid: website