are some of our friends, family and links to other interesting
They inspire us with more than just music!
Visit their sites, look for their concerts and recordings, tell
'em we said "hi."
add more links so check back here from time to time.
want to know about the hurdy-gurdy?
Instruments Makers of the finest hurdy-gurdies
in the USA and founders of Washington State's Over the Water
Mike Gilpin is also
an excellent hurdy-gurdy builder in England as well as
a dear friend. His site has great pictures and a bit of hurdy-gurdy
history as well.
Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo build hurdy-gurdies in Wales. Also lutes and mandolins!
Some of our Musical Pals:
Tania Opland and
of our dearest musical friends. One's from Alaska, the other
from England and their wonderful music comes from all over the
world through a dazzling assortment of hammered dulcimer, fiddle,
drums and other instruments.
Calico Jack (AKA Janie Meneely and Paul DiBlassi) Janie's songs are rare gems -- golden oysters dredged out of Chesapeake Bay! We've recorded one of them in the past (Twiddles) and plan to do more of them in the future.
writes and sings wonderful songs. Inspiring, funny, thoughtful
and he does a great bagpipe imitation with a harmonica and a
plays the cello and has added some great parts to several of
our studio recordings. She has played with The Walkabaouts
and lots of other area bands and musicians. If you need cello
(and there's always room cello) check her out.
Lintie is an
a capella vocal duet from California featuring traditional
Celtic songs. Great harmonies in English and Gaelic.
Smithfield Fair plays music
of Scotland with a driving beat. There are three of them, but
they sound like five or six when they crank it up. We met them
in Amarillo Texas at a Celtic Festival.
Cat Loves Crow is a charming Washington area duet made up of Joel and Karina Prater -- They write their own songs and sing others as well. Guaranteed to make you smile.
Thomas Arthur takes the
art of juggling to an entirely different world. His work is lyrical
and poetic. It boggles the mind and inspires the soul. His show
incorporates the music of William's former Ellipsis partner
Paul Ely Smith in a dazzling mixture of motion and music.
Bob Zentz writes
songs, sings, and plays dozens of instruments. His love of 'poetical
nauticalia' has given us a number of our favorite pieces including
Companioned by the Sea, The Beaches of Lukannon,
and 'The Tryphina's Extra Hand'.
Kat Eggleston (A wonderful
songwriter and traditional singer and guitarist from the Waterbug
label.) Kat is Felicia's childhood pal and the person who first
introduced us to each other. (Bless her cotton socks).
Andrew Calhoun (Mr Waterbug
Records himself is a great writer of song and poetry, a moving
singer, a fine guitarist and a lovely person).
most dynamic a capella trio) - wonderful original songs
with fabulous harmonies. Brian Bedford wrote one of our very
favorite songs, White Horses are Calling Me. Hilary Spencer
has a voice clearer than Yorkshire air and powerful enough to
pound nails. Jacey Bedford is our beloved agent in England and
a published author too. What a trio! No longer performing, but their CDs carry on with loads of musical wonder. Check 'em out.
Hilary Spencer is a busy
lady! Post Artisan, she is singing with Les Barker's
Mrs. Ackroyd Band and in a brilliant duet Quicksilver,
as well as doing solo performances. Check out her Web page for
all the details.
Show of Hands is the
fantastic duo of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer. Their acoustic
sound incorporates the production qualities usually only found
in the rock music world (think of a folkie Sting). Great
songs and brilliant musicianship. Someone tell us why these guys
have not yet taken the US by storm. They sold out the Albert Hall in London -- twice!
The New Scorpion
sound like the name of a heavy metal thrash group, but no, this
is, in fact, a stunning ensemble of five English musicians playing
a wide variety of strings, woodwinds, brass instruments and more
as well as singing some terrific songs. Tim Laycock, who plays
concertina, wrote Heaven's a Bar featured on Seven
& Anni Fentiman
more superb singers from England with great songs and exceptionally
fine harmonies. Some of Dave's original songs are fast becoming
Ben Walker is a
multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter . If you
can make a noise out of it -- Ben can probably play music on
keep meeting other shanty singers from all over the place!
were thrilled to discover that Poland loves sea shanties! Cztery Refy
is a wonderful band of talented musicians and singers that befriended
us on our 1999 visit.
many poets leave their audiences rolling on the floor laughing?
Only Engand's Les
Barker -- leader of the infamous Mrs Ackroyd Band
and author of dozens of hilarious books.
Seth Blair A cellist/songwriter/scientist
who defies description and member of Madison, Wisconsin's own
Reptile Palace Orchestra.
Dirty Linen Magazine
electric folk, trad and world music magazine of America. There's
a world of wonderful music out there.
Folk Alley is an
on-line all folk radio station -- Good stuff to listen to. They
do play some of our music, so it wouldn't hurt a bit for everyone
to register (it's free) and request our music and give us good
Mudcat Cafe hosts
the Digital Tradition a data base of thousands of folk
song lyrics (most with playable tunes). The Cafe also runs an
on going discussion group about any folkie subject you can come
up with. There's always something interesting there.
FolkWorld the Online
bilingual folk publication from Germany
Victory Music a unilingual
folk publication from Tacoma. Publisher of the Victory Sings
at Sea Recordings.
few Nautical Links for you as well
Maritime Heritage Center. Home of the lumber schooner Wawona
and sponsor of a sea music concert series and shanty singing
Bitter End Shanty Website has
information on Sea Music Festivals throughout Europe and the
The Lady Washington She survived
her encounter with that railroad bridge and still sails today.
Boating Links Oddly
enough, many folks who like our music are into boats and boating!
Here's a link to everything you need for boating!