After several years, two tours, an album and two BBC Folk Awards, it’s time for The Full English to call it a day and move on to other projects. It’s been a really amazing collaboration to be part of and it’s really reminded me how much undiscovered material there is in the archives at www.vwml.org, not to mention other sources in books and online.
We have a nine day tour coming up, including a final gig at Cecil Sharp House in London, where we did our first ever performance in 2013.
Hello and welcome … and apologies for leaving my old, outdated site up for so long that people were trying to get ticket for gigs which actually took place a year ago!
I’ve finally made the switch to WordPress to make it easier to add new content, and I’ve started a project of uploading dots and Youtube clips of tunes that I’ve written over the years – click the Tuneslink. More to follow!
Please let me know what you think with the email form on the Contact page or via Twitter.
Here’s a tune I wrote when I was experimenting with different phrase lengths and structures – trying to find out how irregular a tune can be and still work by ear, really. I used to play it in the English Acoustic Collective, and taught it on the EAC Summer School one year.
And here are Sam and I playing it at a house concert in Cambridgeshire … a little bit quicker than I usually would and with a few ‘variations’ from me the first time through as I remembered it! I usually play it AABBAABBCC, as we do here.
Here’s a tune I made up years ago, when I was working with clog dance group 6 Foot 3. I was trying to write a tune in which the A and B parts work on top of each other, which they do! The chords are open to variation, of course, but I really like it if it stays hanging at the end of each part and doesn’t resolve to the D chord until the start of the next part. By G/A I mean a g chord over an A root, but any sort of open, ambiguous, unresolved chord it fine! I sometimes use a G instead of the B minors, or an E minor instead of the G, and so on.
Here it is played by Sam Sweeney and I, when we were part of the Fay Hield Trio:
Tim van Eyken and I recorded it on our album One Sunday Afternoon way back in 2001, link to follow. It was also recorded by Meridian, who wrote a cool tune called The Road to Paignton to follow it, and also by Bjönsdotter • Reid. Happy playing…
Two tunes I wrote while working in a trio with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan around 2008/9, both inspired by contemporary old-time tunes. In Request Stop I usually replace the first bar of the A and B part repeats with the fifth bar of the respective part, if that makes any sense!
And here we are playing the set at Cheltenham Folk Festival in 2008…