Cold, wet & windy!

A fun weekend of gigs at “Dunster by candlelight”.

The weather was a slight issue as t’was very cold, wet & windy! Wisely Mitchell and Vincent had managed to procure some indoor performance space for most of our 30 minute slots, but things took a slightly unexpected turn in the makeshift performance area opposite “The Stage Head Inn” in West Street. Despite one of the evening’s torrential downpours being under way, a few brave souls had stopped to listen. Stopping is something we also had to do when I spotted my violin case starting to float along in the newly formed stream passing though the back of the (otherwise weather tight) gazebo.

Still a great couple of evenings and hope to be back next year!

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Brighten up your winter – have a party!

We do play at parties, dinners and other private events and if you fancy brightening up one winter’s evening with some friends, we’d love to come and play for you. We bring all our own kit and have performed in some pretty small spaces in the past!

Pricing does vary according to distance, but a simple party without significant travel starts at a surprisingly modest fee.

So, if you fancy giving it a go, please get in touch – mitchellandvincent@gmail.com

Be warned, we do drink a lot of tea.

 

“A stick”

Dave & I were playing at a lovely apple harvesting day in Axmouth, we wandered around the beautiful orchard playing to the groups of apple pickers and the folks helping to process the apples through the various stages needed to make juice.

Standing by a tree, Dave & I were having a quick break between tunes when a young lad walked up to me and looked pointedly at my violin bow. “Have you got a stick I can use to get the apples down?” – I did feel a bit mean, but I had to say no.

 

Defeated by mosquito or elephant.

I was so looking forward to our gig at “The Slaughtered Lamb” in Clerkenwell, but I started to feel really ill a couple of days after getting home from Thailand. This vague feeling then changed into a raging full on infection in my leg and a fever. Finding that I couldn’t stand up, we had to cancel the gig – the first we have since my appendicitis! All back to normal now and we’ll be rescheduling that gig.

Most likely cause seems to have been a mosquito bite or standing waist deep in slightly green water at an elephant sanctuary. My wife says we’re going to Cornwall next year and to be honest I’m more than ok with that……

 

A trace of hope and joy, a tinge of sadness!!

We’d just finished our performance at Oxford Folk Weekend when a gent walked up to me and said “Never apologise for playing sad tunes, even in the saddest of tunes the fiddle has that trace of hope and joy in its sound – equally there’s always a tinge of sadness from the fiddle during the most joyous of tunes”.

He wandered off and I realised he’d just put into words something I’d felt for years – the complexity of the fiddle’s sound and the suspicion of a soul in its voice.

Deep!

It was a great festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music, guitars & fiddles!

2018 is shaping up well for us, plenty of gigs booked (click here!) and plenty more in the pipeline. Album No. 3 is being slowly and carefully put together and will include some of our own material as well as our favourites picked from the tradition and reworked!

Dave’s guitar is looking more and more like Willy Nelson’s “Trigger” after the 500 plus gigs we’ve played together so far……..

(That’s Trigger, not Dave’s guitar)

It’s probably great news then that Dave is building himself another guitar which will become his No. 1 gigging instrument. He’s also working on orders for others at present so I’m not the only one looking forward to seeing them completed!

On the violin front, I’m still playing the old English violin I have but am making myself a new fiddle to replace that. The design is influenced by the 17th & 18th Century English Makers like Benjamin Banks who copied Amati but ended up with their own idiosyncratic style. Looking forward to finishing that and also a commission I’m working on.

(Violin by Benjamin Banks – 1780)

Do keep in touch – and should you have a private party or public event that would benefit from some music, then please get in touch ( mitchellandvincent@gmail.com ).

And……. one of my favourite little snippets of information from 2017 which I saw on Dave’s Twitter feed “In Tibet, distances were traditionally measured by the number of cups of tea needed for each journey.” I’m thinking the 500 gigs equates to about 2000 cups of tea and about the same in coffee, plus perhaps the odd beer along the way!!

Bye for now!

Graham Vincent

Jan 2018