Gigs and things.

Well that’s Christmas over for another year. We will be out and about again in the coming weeks and months. Please see the list below.

Feb 13, The Brook at Johnny Wright’s Wednesday session.

March 8th Southern Maltings, Ware, Herts. £5.00 8.15pm music starts.

March 16th support for Red Velvet live album recording. Golden Hind 8pm

March 30th, set at Strummers at CB2, Norfolk Street, Cambridge. 8pm

April 5th, Julia’s Pantry, Ely. 8pm

5th June, Mayflower Folk Club shared evening with Robin Gillan. 8pm

20th June Relevant Records, Mill Road Cambridge, double-header with Thursday’s Band. ( Matt’s birthday bash).

29th June Bury Folk Festival, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds. More detail to follow.

19th July, Milkmaid folk club feature slot in Bury St Edmunds.

The Miner’s Eyes CD is continuing to get good reviews around the world and the songs go down well when played live. Even more pleasing is the response to new songs we have been writing.

Blues and roots radio review.

Here’s a nice review of our album by our good friend Les Ray. his radio show is now on Blues and Roots radio worldwide.

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Label: Clunk and Rattle
Album: Miner’s Eyes
Tracks : 11

‘Miner’s Eyes’ is the second CD by this duo from Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds, and differs from their first – ‘Papers in my Shoe’, released in 2015 – in that it is built around their own compositions, whereas the previous one predominantly contains their versions of traditional songs and tunes in a cajun and bluegrass style. What the two albums have in common is very pared-down, simple (in the nicest sense of the word) arrangements, with just two voices, Gary Woolley’s guitar and Matt Kelly on fiddle, viola or mandolin: very much what you hear here is what you get when you see them live.

Gary takes most of the songwriting credits here (8 out of the 11 tracks), with the key themes of his contributions being industrial decline (‘10,000 Stevedores’, ‘Cairo to Vincennes’, ‘Miner’s Eyes’) along with perhaps a more general sense of melancholy at passing time and loss (‘These Country Lanes’, ‘Walk Right Out the Door’). Matt contributes a tune to end the CD, an experimental song without rhyme (‘The Same Way’) and ‘Slow Toast’, a bittersweet song that also appears in a different version on a CD by Thursday’s Band.

How to sum up this CD in a few words? Fine songwriting, excellent musicianship, delightful harmonies.

I couldn’t review ‘Miner’s Eyes’ without mentioning its very striking cover, the picture of a miner called Lee Hipshire by renowned US photojournalist Earl Dotter. Gary explains how they came to use the photo: “After explaining to Earl who we were and why we wanted to use the photo he agreed we could use it as long as we sent four copies to him, one for him and the rest for Lee’s surviving family. We had an initial email from Earl to say he really loved the CD but in October we received an email from Lee’s son to say he loved the music and it had helped them a lot recently as their mum had also passed away”.

Les Ray