We started the year with our regular gig at The Snickleway Inn in York. We’d been arranging a few new tunes but hadn’t had time to run through them with our percussionist Billy. He did an amazing job of playing a new set that included two time changes, with only a two minute briefing along the lines of “three times through the first tune – the same 12/8 time as America from West Side Story – then it goes into three-three-two for the interlude, then it’s a straight reel but let Linds set the new tempo” He nailed it. Of course he did!
Bob Mitchell came down with the top-notch new Canon camera he was trying out – here are a few of his photos from the night:
Our mandolin player, the legendary Jack Woods, has left the band to concentrate on his many other musical projects, After about 8 years with the band, we sent him off from his last gig with us at The Snickleway Inn in November, clutching his Leather’o Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be travelling in Asia in early 2023 but we’re hoping he’ll join us for a couple of St Patricks gigs in March.