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 photo:
Geoff Coombs: mandola, percussion, vocal
Simon Haines: concertina, hurdy gurdy, footbass, saw, bandoneon, vocal
Martin Newell: poet’s voice, upright bass
Val Woollard: bagpipes, recorder, flute, saxophone, bells, hammered dulcimer
Cara Bruns: electric piano, organ, vocal
Peter Nice: upright bass, electric guitar, brush, schwirrbogen, vocal
CDs of Song of the Waterlily, Black Shuck and The Green Children are available HERE.