DAVE ARTHUR (banjo, guitar, melodeon, vocals) PETE COOPER (fiddle, viola, vocals) DAN STEWART (guitar, banjo)
‘Between the three of you there is so much maturity of talent and presentation. It’s a joy to be entertained by such an unpretentious, classy act.’
Mike Peach, Anchor Folk Club, Byfleet
RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE explore the interwoven worlds of traditional British and Appalachian songs, ballads, and music. Morris dances flow into their Old Time Appalachian counterparts, Minstrel songs brought to Britain in the 19th century are resurrected via the singing of Cotswold rural labourers, while English jigs and Scottish pipe tunes evolve into fiddle and banjo reels, while 18th century British ballads, as heard from source singers in the mountains and ‘hollers’ of Kentucky, Georgia and N.Carolina, reappear in more democratic guise.
The musical backgrounds of the three band members make them uniquely qualified to explore this fascinating cross-cultural area.
DAVE ARTHUR was known originally as half of the duo Dave and Toni Arthur, touring all over the world, and recording albums for Topic, Transatlantic, and Leader. As well as singing English songs, dancing and playing for the Morris, Dave gained a considerable reputation as a researcher, collector, writer and broadcaster on English song, music, and folklore. He edited English Dance and Song for twenty years, and in 2003 was awarded the EFDSS Gold Badge for services to folk music. Alongside his passion for British traditional music Dave has always loved and played American Old Time music on banjo and guitar. He has regularly visited the Appalachian region since his first American tour in 1972, where he has collected songs, stories, and tunes, and played with some of the finest traditional performers. His first Old Time album, as half of The Rufus Crisp Experience, was Chickens are a Crowin’ (Fellside FECD 113)
PETE COOPER is a respected fiddle teacher, researcher, writer and performer. His interest in Old Time music began in the 1970s when he spent time in West Virginia, and later N.Carolina, with some of the best of the, then, young revival players, as well as soaking up the style of the original source performers. Pete teaches English, Irish, Scottish, Old Time and other fiddle styles at his own London Fiddle School, and on courses around the British Isles. He also plays in a duo with cellist Richard Bolton (The Savage Hornpipe. Big Chain BC103 CD). He has released several other albums of both traditional and original fiddle tunes, and his two latest fiddle tutor publications are Irish Fiddle Solos (book/CD Mel Bay (U.S.A. and Schott & Co. (Europe), and English Fiddle Tunes (book/CD Schott & Co).
DAN STEWART the youngest member of the band started out playing recorder and guitar when he was seven. He graduated onto classical guitar before joining his fiddle playing sister, Sarah, performing Irish, Scottish, Greek and English folk music. He eventually took some Old Time banjo lessons with Barry Murphy (Dave’s ex-partner in the Rufus Crisp Experience). When not playing music Dan works as a Senior Analyst in the pharmaceutical industry. Dan still plays in a ceilidh band with his sister, and plays some Old Time music with the Sussex band Old Faded Glory.
Together ARTHUR, COOPER and STEWART combine their interest and skills in British, Irish, and Appalachian Old Time music into a joyous, foot-tapping and, at times, sensitive and moving Anglo-Appalachian experience. No one goes away from a RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE performance without a smile on their face, a skip in their step, and warmth in their heart.
HELL-FOR-LEATHER DANCE TUNES, SENSITIVE BALLADS, MEMORABLE CHORUS SONGS, INTERESTING ARRANGEMENTS, AND FUN – THAT’S RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE
(Wildgoose Records WGS 313CD) Dave Arthur with Pete Cooper & Chris Moreton
8 More Miles
(Wildgoose Records WGS 333CD) Rattle On the Stovepipe
‘I wish I could’ve heard them boys play’ Ludwig van Beethoven
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