The Hosepipe Band with Martin Newell


Our first performance in well over a year is at this year’s Felixstowe Book Festival on June 26th at Old Felixstowe Community Centre (7.30-9.30).
We’ll be doing some of our “greatest hits” and some of Martin’s new, hitherto unperformed poems. More information and booking details HERE

No gigs for a year, but we did get an airing on Chelmsford Community Radio on January 10th. You can listen to Simon and Martin talking to Oliver Rogers. We start around 35 mins into the programme. HERE

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

We are currently performing our new project Jigsaw Coast, a travelogue in narrative recollection and rhyme, through the coastlands and market towns of East Anglia. This show features thirteen of Martin’s shorter poems accompanied by new music composed and played by the Hosepipe Band.
More information here,



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

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