Early this year it became more and
more obvious that Neville was unlikely to be re-joining us for the foreseeable
future. He has decided not to move back south from Scotland where he has too
By then we had played quite a few
gigs as a duo. They were well received, we were enjoying the format more and
more and our confidence grew. We were even told, by several people that we
still sounded much the same. Odd, considering that we’d lost the lead and most
dominant instrument! However, not for the first time, we soon adapted our
playing style when the band personnel changed. One unexpected difficulty we did
encounter was remembering how some of the tunes start! It’s not just an “age
thing”: Tony was going to have to play lead where he’d previously played
harmonies on most of the tunes. We found an elegant solution and most people
haven’t noticed how it’s done. But still, sometimes he’ll switch between melody
and harmony, making for some unusual arrangements.
We’re not playing so many gigs
these days. That partly IS an “age thing” but also we’re being much more
selective about where and when we play.
July 2015 – All Change!
After a total of more than twenty
years and well over 700 gigs with us, founder member Nick has decided to hang
up his Melodeon and head for the "Old Folkies Home". But not quite
yet, he's still going to be with us for most of the remaining gigs this year.
Yesterday's gig at The Swan Inn, Worlingworth was played by the duo of Tony and
Pug and was such a success that we've decided to do a few more gigs like that.
In the not too distant future, we hope to be welcoming back our old mucker,
Neville Wake, on Bass Guitar. To re-unite the "Power Trio" of the
late 1990's. More later.
March 2012 – A New LIVE Album
recorded several gigs during Autumn 2011. This was done using an eight-track
digital recorder and mixed down using Cubase. The results were so good that
we’ve released it!
January 2011 – Bringing things up to date
We’ve long prided ourselves on the
quality of our live sound but last year we realised that our gear was getting a
bit long in the tooth. What was once state of the art was beginning to look a
bit past it. Time for an upgrade. We started with the monitors – at last, we
can now hear what each other is doing! Then the main PA mixer/amp became rather
sickly after we connected a powerful power amp to the wrong socket one night!
Almost before we realised it the entire PA rig has been replaced, including
some rather sexy Turbosound speakers. The old rig was rather inflexible and we
had to use roughly the same amount of kit regardless of the size of the venue.
Now we can put together various configurations from 200 watts up to 3000 watts!
The website has barely changed for
around 10 years now and some of the photos were taken even longer ago. This
year we were fortunate to have some really nice photos taken of us at a few
gigs. The photographers were kind enough to give us permission to use them so
long as they were credited. So thank you to Kishor Krishnamoorthi, Maria
Fowler, James Monk and Doug McLean.