The Hosepipe Band with Martin Newell


After a quiet period we have busy June this year. Our next performance is at Stisted Church on June 5th. This is followed on June 11th by our launch event for Felixstowe Book Festival, and on the 24th by concert at Wivenhoe Church.
We’ll be doing some of our “greatest hits” as well as two of Martin’s new, hitherto unperformed poems.
Keep an eye on our Performances page for more details.

In addition to playing for ceilidhs, The Hosepipe Band is involved in an ongoing collaboration  with North Essex poet Martin Newell. Band members have composed original music to accompany readings of three of Martin’s long poems: The Song of the Waterlily, Black Shuck, and The Green Children, all illustrated by artist James Dodds and published by Jardine Press. The Song of the Waterlily won a national prize in the year it was published. For this project, the band is, left to right in the photo:
Val Woollard:  bagpipes, recorder, flute, saxophone, bells, hammered dulcimer
Cara Bruns: electric piano, organ, vocal
Martin Newell: poet’s voice, upright bass
Peter Nice (Nel): upright bass, electric guitar, brush, schwirrbogen, vocal
Simon Haines: concertina, hurdy gurdy, footbass, saw, bandoneon, vocal

Song of the Waterlily, Black Shuck, The Green Children and Jigsaw Coast
CDs available HERE.

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