With the TGTH band ".. an excellent evening, with some intelligent
reworkings of old songs, some revivals of songs I hadn't heard since
my teens, and some new songs in solid traditional style. Highly
recommended!". Valmai Goodyear , Lewes Folk Club.
Solo "James Bernard Murray is a stalwart of the quirky song.
Be sure to be in by 8.30pm to catch this excellent singer do his
thing.". The Buck at Reeth The Doonans + Support from
"a fantastic surprise in the arrival of James Murray, ex of
Hebburn and Barnes, now very much of East Sussex and the Med. Jim
is almost solely responsible for the existence of Hedgehog Pie and
a great singer still." Jed Grimes guesting at
Lis Stewart plays duet concertina (56 key MacCann), fiddle
and keyboards. Based in London, she plays regularly for ceilidhs,
at folk clubs and sessions. Her musical collaborations have included
working with Duet concertina player Ralph Jordan, folk fiddler Pete
Cooper, and traditional singer Peta Webb. Most recently, she had
a solo concertina gig at the Tate in St Ives.
Chris Dyer made the conversion from chamber music to English folk fiddling,
inspired (again) by Pete Cooper. Later she bought an IKEA flat-pack fiddle
but when she put it together she found it came out as a nyckelharpa. As
well as English music, she regularly plays in Swedish sessions with Tom
Paley and each month MCs a Scandi session in central London. She plays
in the English Nyckelharpa Collective and Euro band SE3.
Alex Szyszkowski and Dave Wooldridge play both in Cheap Jack and the world famous
Islington Folk Club Angel Band. The Cheap Jack sound with Dave on fiddle
and Alex on melodeon, is rooted in the English country dance tradition of
John Clare, Thomas Hardy, and Fred Pidgeon, although their repertoire draws
from all over the British Isles. Alex leads the Islington Angel Band, he
sold Dan Quinn his first melodeon, he met Jimi Hendrix, and once lent Peter
Green his Selmer Thunderbird amplifier when playing in the support band.
Jim Murray started on the Tyneside folk scene in the early 60s and
with brother Phil and Mick and Kevin Doonan started the (eventually) legendary
Hedgehog Pie. Jim then moved to London and sang in the early clubs ; the
Singers Club , the Troubadour and the original Islington Folk Club at
the Fox. In the 60s and 70s he played in clubs in many parts of the UK.
In subsequent decades he ran clubs in London; in Chelsea, at the Roebuck
in Tottenham Court Road and at the Irish Centre in Hammersmith. He *booked*
Jimi Hendrix (but not at the Irish Club) (beat that Alex) and in early
days gave Billy Connolly probably his first gig in London("do I get
any points for that" - Jim).