Friday the 8th of Feb saw my first outing with Des Horsfall’s new line-up of his ‘Rustic Rock and Roll’ band KUSCHTY RYE. Snapped from the audience is this great pic that shows Des in the light and a shady figure playing Ralphie Jordans old MacCann Duet from ‘the dark side’… I think Ralphie would approve…
Here’s a Youtube tribute to Ralph that features the same box (along with many others!). Gone but not forgotten.
All go at BT HQ this week gearing up for the first gigs with the fabulous KUSCHTY RYE chaps. You can catch them this week in and around Halifax (and Barnoldswick!) with more in the pipeline somewhat further afield, so catch them local while you can!
KUSCHTY RYE is DES HORSFALL….. with an array of wonderful guest musicians. This line-up features the solid backline grooves of Hugh Bradley on Bass and Dylan Pepper on drums, the mighty Chris Preston on Guitars, Jason Offen on Keys, and Becky will be adding fiddle, mandolin and a sprinkling of low whistle and concertina.
Keep up to date with the live dates and other random snippets of info at the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/deshorsfallskuschtyrye/about/?ref=page_internal or http://www.kuschtyrye.net/
The creation of the band KUSCHTY RYE and albums ‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic’ and ‘The Bastard’s Tin’ were directly inspired by the work of British musician & songwriter Ronnie Lane; specifically from his ‘Slim Chance’ period after he split with The Faces.
Without Words – F#minor Reel
This works really well on a high D whistle. F# minor is a lovely key for traditional style music.
Delighted to announce that after over a year of not piping I am now officially ‘Back in the Bellows’. The regime of treatment, rest and focusing on other instruments has paid off and I have now regained full movement in piping-critical RH little finger meaning that I can play properly again.
Many thanks to everyone that has supported and helped me through this difficult (if quieter than usual!) time – you know who you are!
I was very happy to stumble across this track, bringing back very happy memories of Jonathan Taylor and the @TFRUK gang.
More on the The Forgetting Room Project here, sadly cut short by the untimely death of it’s driving force, the much missed Jonathan Taylor.
Messing about with the duet concertina
Here’s something I came across whilst looking for something else (isn’t that always the way!). Messing around on the duet concertina with the odd whistle and pipe thrown in, recorded at Steve Smith’s (now of Kimbers Men fame) in 2016 just before the problems with my hand stopped me playing for a while…good news on that front – I will be back in the bellows soon! Watch this space
All music and arrangement by Becky Taylor, all rights reserved, © 2016
This excellent introduction to Uilleann Piping from NPU is well worth a watch.
This short introduction to Uilleann Piping from Na Píobairí Uilleann features music from Mick O’Brien, Louise Mulcahy, Pat Mitchell, Kevin, Tierna and Naoise Rowsome, Gay McKeon and Jane Walls. Even if you are an experienced piper I think you will find something interesting in it. Well done NPU and thank you!
You can find out more about the work of NPU on their website: http://pipers.ie
This tune came into being after a couple of hours playing on ‘Ted’s Fiddle’, an old fiddle that had not been out of its case for many years and belonging to Edward Arthur Scott. The strings were old style gut and had obviously been on for many years, they were worn and frayed with the marks his second and third fingers had left on them clearly visible. I was too scared to tune it up for fear of them breaking so I settled for ‘in tune with itself’ somewhere way below concert pitch.
Please support #Fair Plé wherever you can – it’s so important to the traditional music world. In the many years I have been on the trad music scene I have lost count of the number of times when Fair Plé was more un-Fair Plé.
FairPlé aims to achieve gender balance in the production, performance, promotion, and development of Irish traditional and folk music. They advocate for equal opportunity and balanced representation for all.
Their mission statement is:
FairPlé aims to achieve gender balance in the production, performance, promotion, and development of Irish traditional and folk music. We advocate for equal opportunity and balanced representation for all. Continue reading