Here's Crooked Tree doing a charity gig at Gravelly Barn, Jan 2017. Rhys Wilson on guitar and Bronwyn Ormsby on vocals.
Performing at the Cambridge Folk Festival 30 July 2016
NEW ALBUM: MY FINEST HOUR
These songs represent most of my current live set. My intention in
doing new recordings of these previously released songs was not only
to do a “best of” collection but also to capture the feel of a live
performance with the sound quality of a studio recording. The songs
have been stripped back to just voice and guitar with the only addition
being a bass on a few tracks. You can listen to it on the Albums page. CDs now available.
UNDER THE INFLUENCE - now on cd My
tribute album to the songwriters and guitarists who most influenced me
is now available on cd. It comes as a free bonus album with a purchase
of either My Finest Hour or Journeys at gigs and for online orders. For
the stories behind these tracks click here
GOLDEN HIND GIG
Friday Dec 4 I had an unusual gig playing at The Tiller Flat folk club
below deck on the replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship The Golden Hind
which is moored on the Thames in central London. It was a great night.
CAMBRIDGE NEWS FEATURE This is from the Cambridge News of 26 November 2015
UNDER THE INFLUENCE This new album is my tribute to the singer/songwriters
and guitarists of the late 1960s and early 1970s who inspired me to
want to be a songwriter and guitarist myself. You can listen to the
whole album or download the tracks for free here
Here I am playing live at the BBC Cambs
studio on Sue Marchant's Big Night In on 14 June 2015. We had a chat
about the new album Journeys, Twenty One Swans and Sally In The Long
Grass were played off the cd and I performed Believe live. Always a
pleasure to work with Sue.
CROOKED TREE Here's
my new trio, Crooked Tree, playing live at CB2, Cambridge. Rhys Wilson
is on vocals, guitar and keyboards and Bronwyn Ormsby is on vocals. I'm
playing a U-Bass here but I also play guitar and mandolin in the group.
We are working on our debut album.
NEW ALBUM The
new album Journeys containing 19 original songs and featuring Bronwyn
Orsmby on backing vocals is now released on cd. You can listen
to the entire album using the music player below. To buy a cd go to the Albums page.
NEW VERSION OF INVISIBLE PEOPLE ALBUM
A remixed version of the Invisible People
album is now available to listen to on the albums page. The main change
is that the album now features the vocals of the excellent Bronwyn
REMASTERED BACK CATALOGUE
6 of my old albums have been remastered and are available for free download on the albums page
At the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival, 2 August 2014.
The Guardian review of the
Pavlov's Cat album "At The Races". I
played acoustic bass, fretless electric
bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar,
mandolin and violin on the album.
I am jamming with Henry
Priestman on his song The
Coolest Dance at James
Hibbins' wonderful gig
Acousticity in Colchester on
16 Oct 2010. Also joining in at
the last minute is Darren
Tansley on Cajon.
Pavlov's Cat playing at
the 2010 Cambridge
Having been available for online listening since May last year the album is now available as a cd.
A couple of photos by Iris Brandstatter of the March gig at Acousticity in Colchester.
RADIO SESSION Recording a Pavlov's Cat session at BBC Radio Suffolk to be broadcast on the Stephen Foster show in Sept 2009.
Appearing on BBC regional radio show Sue Marchant's Big Night In on Monday July 6
Some photos by Elizabeth Pettit of a recent Pavlov's Cat gig at Acoustic Routes
NEW ALBUM The new album, Invisible People, is now finished. You can listen to all the tracks on the Albums page.
CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL It
was a busy festival for me in 2008. On Thursday I did a live interview
and performance on 12 string guitar from the festival site for the Sue
Marchant show on BBC regional radio. On Saturday I ran the Acoustic
Routes session in the Club Tent. One of the acts booked by the
festival cancelled at 5 minutes notice so I had to fill in by playing a
short solo set on the mandolin. Later I played acoustic bass with both
The Mannish Boys and Pavlov's Cat.
OCT 2007 CD REISSUE
My 1988 album Home Town has been remastered and is now available on cd for the first time.
SEPT 2007 - RADIO AIRPLAY
On Tuesday 4 Sept I was Sue Marchant's studio guest on her BBC Eastern
Counties Radio show. She played 2 tracks from the new cd and I
performed one song live.
On Sunday 9 Sept I performed live on Cambridge 209 Radio as a guest of Nik Shelton.
On stage at the Pavilion Theatre in Cromer opening up the Folk on the Pier Festival in May 2005.
MAY 2006 - NEW ALBUM
The new album is finally here. It's taken a lot longer than I thought
it would but I think it was worth it. It's called "Notes In The Margin"
and features 16 new songs with backing vocals from Lisa Fitzgibbon and
Liz Simcock. Papa Sam makes another appearance on one of my albums
playing djembe and percussion as well as singing on a couple of tracks.
There are samples on the albums page.
track "Beneath The Waves" is included on a charity CD alongside some of
the big names from the folk world to raise money for Cromer Lifeboat.
The two disc set entitled "Someone Was Calling" features music and
songs from artists who have appeared at Cromer’s Folk on the Pier
festival over the last five years. There are tracks by Fairport
Convention, Show of Hands, Oysterband, Harvey Andrews, Jez Lowe, Phil
Beer, Ashley Hutchings, John Tams, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Bob
Fox, Edward II, Little Johnny England and many more. For further
information go to Deckchair Productions.
RUSSIAN CD RELEASE
Vladimir Visotsky track, "Paradise Apples", from the "Days Yet To Come"
album has been included on a CD release by the Vladimir Visotsky State
Center in Russia. It is a compilation of his songs performed in all
major European languages by different artists. At an international
conference on Visotsky in Moscow, November 2000, my collaboration with
George Tokarev was named as the best track on the album.
POLISH MUSEUM ASKS FOR CD
Vladimir Vysotsky Museum in Poland have requested two copies of the
Days Yet To Come album which includes "Paradise Apples" by
Vysotsky. The CDs will be available for visitors to listen to.
Vladimir Visotsky and the cover of the CD.
Playing to a packed Norwich Arts Centre as support for Martin Carthy (photo by Dave Boddy)
The Cambridge Folk Festival audience pose for a photo! Taken when compering on main stage one.
Live at Acousticity, Colchester
(photo by Sue Dilley)