I’m back home from playing festivals and riding trains in England
this August. All along the way I played concerts, taught workshops,
drank beer and met wonderful people includingAndrew and
from near Alnwick, Northumberland.
I had been squeezing with squeezers all day at the Royal Hotel in
Bradfield and we were a bit weary and bleary with squeezing and fun
and cider. Then Margaret and Andrew got there with their fiddle and
pipes and the place exploded. The three of us played a few sets of
American tunes they knew, and eyes popped with the refreshing sound
after five hours of free reeds. They asked me to join them at their
concert set that evening to great effect.
at Whitby, I called them up and the Watchorns drove down that
Friday to join me for two concerts I was playing. We had a great
rehearsal for a few hours before performing. The recordings below
are understandably a bit rough... you can hear dishes being washed
in the background.
is playing Northumbrian pipes in G and D. These high pipes along
with the fiddle and my low pitched Dipper Anglo on the bottom make
for an exciting trio sound that is still shimmering in my head