John’s other projects

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 play in duos with singer and instrumentalist Martin Hugill, concertina player and singer Michelle Soinne and occasionally guitarist Keith Offord; Keith, Annette Batty and I formed the group Manticore back in 1987.

Forthcoming gigs include:
Friday 6 December 2019 8pm. Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry, accompanying Phoebe Rees in Offa Events ‘Christmas Extravaganza’. £10. offaevents@aol.com.
Tuesday 17 March 2020, 2.30-3.30pm. Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury, with Martin Hugill. In the foyer: free and open to the public.