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Three Danish Galleys – the full studio recording

A Viking raid on an English village, with terrible consequences for both sides. Collected over a hundred years ago, and described as ancient then, Three Danish Galleys tells the story of a raid by 3 Viking ships on the English … Continue reading

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The Day The Bank Closed Its Doors

It turns out this is a theme so many people can relate to, from all over the country and from many countries; a rural town no longer the thriving centre it once was. Symbolised by how the once fine and … Continue reading

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One Word War – the story behind the song

I remember just a couple of family stories about the First World War. Grandad was in the medical corps, front line. He saw the worst of everything but refused to shoot back. There’s a silver cigarette case, swapped with a … Continue reading

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Three Danish Galleys – and a bit of a Tease

A few years ago, on the campsite of a historical re-enactment festival in the south of England, my mate Dave came up to me with an obscure tome in hand. I had just been performing some middle ages music. “What … Continue reading

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She Moved Through the Fair

I first discovered this haunting song on an album by a band calls All About Eve. Loved it ever since, so on my return to folk music a few years ago I started singing it again, with a newly developed … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Song – Ship of Dreams

Go out to your ship of dreams Time to leave the shore Row out to your ship of dreams Don’t stand there waiting for your ship of dreams for ever more If you have a song, A song you’d like … Continue reading

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Quest for Wellyfest – With your support see us on the main stage

Hi folks, friends, supporters. We’re in the running for the People’s Choice at Wellyfest. We entered late but moving up fast and with your support we’ll get there. The prize is a spot on the main stage at Wellington Folk … Continue reading

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Plenty of music in the Bay

High time I wrote a little something about a music festival I was at recently – the Tauranga & Katikati Acoustic Music Festival, 21-22 Feb. This is a totally relaxed event with just one smallish stage, set in a nice … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Song – Roll on the Day

Roll on the Day is a sad, haunting ballad created by UK folk singer Allan Taylor. It tells of the health difficulties suffered by a working man from the north of England struck down in retirement by a typical industrial … Continue reading

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The making of an album – #1

Now THAT was an experience. So I have been in studios before (mainly radio and TV, but still with mics and other bits & pieces you don’t have at home) and done some bash recording, but nothing is quite like … Continue reading

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