My other musical activities include Half Six, with Meri Lawes (guitar), Rosie MacDiarmid (fiddle) and sometimes Phoebe Rees (fiddle, viola). 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) drummer 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. Phoebe Rees, with whom I also play in an occasional duo, also learned the fiddle in Scotland but can turn her hand to many styles.
I also play in duos with singer and instrumentalist Martin Hugill, concertina player and singer Michelle Soinne and guitarist Keith Offord.
Forthcoming gigs include:
Friday 11 October, 7.30pm. The Spring Lamb, Shrewsbury Rd, Oswestry, with Half Six. Variety night of music, comedy, dance, art, in aid of mental health charity. We’re on last. £5 on door.
Tuesday 29 October, 2.30-3.30pm. Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury, with Martin Hugill. In the foyer: free and open to the public.
Tuesday 17 March 2020, 2.30-3.30pm. Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury, with Martin Hugill. In the foyer: free and open to the public.