The Shackleton Trio take their new album on tour

The Shackleton Trio

Following a busy summer of UK and European Festivals, The Shackleton Trio will be taking their new release on the road. The Shackleton Trio features fiddle player Georgia Shackleton alongside guitarist Aaren Bennett and mandolinist Nic Zuppardi. Together they play an exciting blend of folk, Americana, and self-penned material instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from their native East Anglia. Following the success of their debut album The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed, they are excited to announce brand new release Fen, Farm And Deadly Water, which is already receiving extensive airplay and high praise.

Recorded at Grange Farm Studios in the heart of the Norfolk Fenlands, the album continues to showcase the band’s eclectic musical background. Locally sourced material includes a Fenland song from pig farmer Fred Rooke, the haunting 1611 poem ‘Powte’s Complaint’, as well as the Ancient Cry Of The Radish Boys At Great Yarmouth. The album also showcases the trio’s instrumental prowess, with original compositions ‘The Stanford’ and ‘Bolton Lodge’, alongside Karen Tweed’s ‘Only Viveka’, and Swedish polska ‘The Penknife Killer’. Original songs by Georgia top off an impressively varied yet coherent album that seamlessly blends a broad musical palette.

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‘Lonesome George’ – official video:

Tour Dates

The Slaughtered Lamb, London 13/10/2018
The Musician, Leicester 15/10/2018
Great Knight Folk Club, Northampton 16/10/2018
Tower Of Song, Birmingham 17/10/2018
Orpington Folk Club 18/10/2018
Cafe #9, Sheffield 19/10/2018
Barnoldswick Arts Centre, Lancashire 21/10/2018
Loughton Folk Club 25/10/2018
The Bell Inn, Bath 29/10/2018
Bradford Upon Avon Folk Club 30/10/2018
Hyde Tavern, Winchester 02/11/2018
FATEA Festical, Bournemouth 03/11/2018
Bracknell Folk Club 06/11/2018
Tasburgh Village Hall, Tasburgh 09/11/2018
Cambridge Junction, Cambridge 10/11/2018
Atherstone Folk Club 21/11/2018
Great British Folk Festival, Skegness 02/12/2018

THE SHACKLETON TRIO – Fen, Farm And Deadly Water (own label)

Fen, Fire & Deadly WaterThe name having slimmed down from The Georgia Shackleton Trio, though still comprising fiddle player, locally accented vocalist and songsmith Georgia alongside guitarist Aaren Bennett and mandolinist Nic Zuppardi, their second album, Fen, Farm And Deadly Water, again draws on British, American and Scandinavian traditions for its songs and influences as well as particularly those of their native East Anglia.

It’s one such that opens the album, the self-penned ‘The Fashionable Farmer’ being their rewrite of an old Norfolk broadside ballad, mandolin underlaying its cautionary jaunty tale of a farmer who spent all his money on dressing la mode, ending up with nowt to pay the rent. It’s followed by another indigenous Fenlands number, a bleugrassy arrangement of the traditional ‘Radish Boys’, a song dating from at least 1842 and apparently the ancient cry of the Great Yarmouth radish sellers, the Norfolk Fens apparently being the epicentre of the radish-growing universe.

Staying local, built around pizzicato fiddle and with a decided medieval troubadour feel, appropriately so since it dates from 1611, ‘Powte’s Complaint’ is the setting of a poem concerning the anger of the fen dwellers over the draining of the fens by the Dutch. It’s followed by a fourth fenland-sourced number, the unambiguously titled ‘Fenland Song’, which is slightly at odds with the calypso colours of the mandolin-led melody, written by Norfolk pig farmer Fred Brooke about the always present dangers of the sea reclaiming the lands.

Casting the net further afield, ‘Old Blue’, sometimes known as ‘Old Dog Blue’, is a traditional good time stomping American fiddle and mandolin tune dating from the minstrel shows of the late 19th century that has also seen service on recording by the likes of Seeger, Baez, Van Ronk and The Byrds and even features in Angus Wilson’s acclaimed stage play Fences.

Shifting continents, the trio’s Scandinavian influences are given expression on a pairing of lively tempo-shifting instrumental numbers, ‘Vals Till Lars-Olov’ twinned with the traditional polka ‘The Penknife Killer’, that afford the chance to show their dexterity on stringy things.

There’s three other instrumentals, the first being the trio’s fiddle-based arrangement of accordionist Karen Tweed’s ‘Only Viveka’. If you search YouTube you can find a recording of her playing it accompanied by Zuppardi on bass, and it’s he who contributes wandering tune ‘Bolton Lodge’, written for his great aunt and her habit of walking to the shops with her footsteps in time to songs remembered from her youth.

The third, ‘The Stanford’ is another tribute, this one a rumbustious fiddle and mandolin tune written by Shackleton in honour of Lowestoft pub The Stanford Arms and the landlord’s championing of local music.

The album closes with a more nostalgic celebration, the five minute ‘Down Into The Sea’ a bubbling affectionate reminiscence of and protest lament for the traditions of the old Victorian seaside towns and how the bustle of modern life and the priorities of government policies have seen them and their residents fallen into neglect. Fentastic stuff.

Mike Davies

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Artists’ website: https://www.shackletontrio.co.uk/

‘The Stanford’ – live:

Dan Walsh: new album – Incidents & Accidents

Released March 16th on Rooksmere Records

Photograph by Sean Elliot
Photograph by Sean Elliot

Incidents & Accidents is the highly anticipated follow up to Dan Walsh’s critically acclaimed Same But Different album release. On the new album we get to hear Dan in a more stripped back format with just a few guest appearances from Patsy Reid (fiddle), Nic Zuppardi (mandolin), Mark Hutchinson (percussion/vocals) and Canadian singer Meaghan Blanchard. The album was also produced by Mark Hutchinson at his Rooksmere Studios, known for producing albums by Blair Dunlop, Fabian Holland and of course Walsh & Pound. There are seven songs and four instrumentals. The song lyrics are a major focus on this album but there is still plenty of Dan’s signature fast and furious banjo playing to keep the fans happy. Of the livelier songs ‘Time To Stay’ tells of Dan’s mixed emotions of moving back to his home town of Stafford after six years living in Newcastle upon Tyne along with the bluegrass inspired ‘Lost Rambler’, showing his love of the mountain music minor tunings. Of the slower songs, the contemplative ‘Dancing In The Wind’ and ‘The Song Always Stays’ are perfect examples, the former telling of a moving moment on a family holiday in Ireland and the latter relates to Dan and Nic Zuppardi’s experience of playing a gig to Scottish singer Glen Mason in a Surrey care home and rekindling his love of singing and performing in his twilight years. Dan originally started playing banjo due to his love of Scottish and Irish jigs and reels and the aptly named ‘The Tune Set’ contains four tunes from a slow air building right up to a fast and furious reel with names inspired from touring from the Isle of Barra to New Zealand. To complete the musical world tour, ‘Whiplash Reel’ displays Dan’s new found passion for Indian classical music.

Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as ‘The real deal’ in UNCUT magazine. To date he has released two critically acclaimed solo albums and has toured the world including visits to Canada, Norway, Germany, India and New Zealand and of course has played solo at venues and festivals across the UK. Having made his name with the duo Walsh and Pound and now a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances on stage and on record with the Levellers and Seth Lakeman, this unique and eclectic musician continues to stun audiences across the world.

His eclectic and innovative approach has led to many exciting collaborations alongside his solo work and the UFQ, including tours with Northeast concertina legend Alistair Anderson and with sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan as well as Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard.

‘The real deal, a demon picker’UNCUT
‘Incredibly gifted, you must see him’ BBC RADIO 2
‘Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant’fRoots

Artist’s website: http://www.danwalshbanjo.co.uk/

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‘Time To Stay’ from Incidents & Accidents: