My other musical activities include Half Six, a three-piece with Meri Lawes (guitar) and Rosie MacDiarmid (fiddle). We play mostly tunes, and occasional songs, from Scotland, Ireland, England, Cape Breton, our own heads and elsewhere. See the Half Six Facebook page. Meri and I started playing as a duo many years ago, and also as part of Bosco, with Jock Tyldesley, Vera van Heeringen and (for a while) Gary Santry. Rosie is a Scottish fiddler with a great traditional playing style which lends itself as well to Galician muiñeiras as to reels and strathspeys.
I also play occasionally in a duo with singer and instrumentalist Martin Hugill, and promote occasional gigs with Eirene Craney as Borderline Music.
John’s future gigs
Sat 20 Jan Variety Evening Village Hall, Llanymynech. Annual charity fundraiser featuring a number of artistes including Half Six. 01691 830558.
Fri 2 Mar Evening of Tunes Rhydycroesau Village Hall, 8pm. Follow-up to last summer’s Evening of Songs. Includes Jock Tyldesley, Vera van Heeringen, Phoebe Rees, Michelle Soinne and myself. £9 from 01691 791403 or Rowanthorn shop, Oswestry. Organised by Borderline Music.
Tue 1 May Free afternoon concert Redwoods Centre foyer, Shrewsbury. With Martin Hugill. Primarily for patients and staff but open to anyone.