Taking the Piskies

Taking the Piskies

 

Members: Steve Merritt, Debbie Merritt, Vince Jerrison, Barbara Griggs

Steve plays mandolin and bazouki, Debbie the whistle and bodhran and shruti, Barbara the bass viol and violin , and Vince guitar, madolin and bouzouki. We sing and play folk music with a twist, sometimes diving deep into our Celtic Heritage with ballads and sea shanties, sometimes singing more contemporary songs, and we have our own compositions too. Folk music is a participant sport, we try to sing songs that you will want to join in with!

Tregallion are an acoustic duo featuring Vince and Nickie Jerrison. We perform traditional and contemporary songs and tunes with a Celtic influence.
When performing together we have a huge range of songs and tunes, and if you’re really lucky, Steve may go into his story-teller mode!

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Smokey Mountain Boys

Smokey Mountain Boys

 

Who’s Who

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Atticus Altizer – Banjo

Atticus, a.k.a Alan, was born into this godforsaken world pluckin’ a Banjo. Throughout his four score years and ten he’s become a master of the art.
His passion for Bluegrass knows no bounds and Atticus believes his one mission in life is to spread the holy, (whichever lord you prey to) universally loved, soul saving sound of the Appalachian Mountains.
His Favourite quote: “If your grass ain’t blue, you’s using the wrong type of lawnmower”

Clayton Vipperman – Fiddle & Guitar

Clayton, a.k.a Martin, is known as the Smokies gentle giant. This quietly spoken man is not only a musical maestro on the Guitar, Fiddle AND Mandolin but also 7 times Tri-State naked Bear wrestling champion.
When not chopping down trees he’s to be found in his shack turning those trees into some of the finest musical instruments known to man.
Favourite Quote: “I once had me a cow….. but never had me a sheep”

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Zedikiah Castellaw – Guitar

Zedikiah Castellaw, a.k.a Stu, but referred to as “Billy-Bob” by his closest close friends, is a genuine man of mystery. He wondered into our hometown 13 years ago a total amnesiac, only able to recall his name & shirt size. The Smokies took the poor Hobo under their collective wing and nurtured his gift for guitar playing which incidentally he discovered by total accident when falling through the window of Claytons shack one moonshine riddled night. Don’t be fooled by his genteel nature & sweet smile, when he’s riled he’s meaner than a Raccoon in a butter churn.
Favourite Quote: “Gosh Dang Darn It”

Lyle Bandy – Bass Guitar

Lyle, a.k.a Stu, loves nothin better than snugglin up to his beautiful upright Bass which he’s had since he was 6. He won the instrument at the State Fair on account of his uncanny ability to balance a Possum on his forehead while reciting ‘Yellow Rose Of Texas’ backwards. Since that tender age his simple minded dream has been that shared by the other Smokies, that being, to spread the spiritual & mental healing powers of Bluegrass to a world in dire need of some lovin’.

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Riley Johnson – Mandolin

Now Riley, a.k.a Odinn, here is the babe of the bunch but don’t let his appearance fool you. This lads got more talent in his little finger than most of those self-obsessed, big city, pop star folks have got in their entire wardrobe. They could do much worse than to sit by his feet to watch & learn from a genuine oasis of talent in today’s desert of musical mediocrity. To Riley Bluegrass ain’t some kind of ‘genre’ to be pigeon holed by, it’s a way of life and he’s up for livin’ it in the right here & now.
Favourite Quote: “Jeeze, Is you’s gonna shoot that thang or not?”

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Worry Dolls

 Worry Dolls

 

Worry Dolls met at Paul McCartney’s school of music in Liverpool. Bonding initially due to having the same fiery red locks, what sets them apart is their tongue-in-cheek, honest lyrics and their refusal to sing “cliché love songs”.

Described by Bob Harris as “a warm and infectious sound”, Worry Dolls’ music is packed full of sublime harmonies, atop a plethora of varied instruments. Many will have seen them performing at Glastonbury Festival, supporting Joan Armatrading on tour, or heard their music played on Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.

With two EPs already under their belt, Worry Dolls recently returned from Nashville, where they recorded their debut album with producer Neilson Hubbard (Matthew Perryman Jones), to be released in 2016. Since their first EP, Worry Dolls’ sound has grown as their influences shifted towards the rootsier sounds of Nashville & the Appalachian mountains – still with a strong UK stamp. In their time together as a duo, they’ve forged something substantially stronger than a hair colour match. A beautiful and captivating result.

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Megan Schirnhofer

Megan Schirnhofer Music here

Megan Schirnhofer combined pop and soul to create a twist to original acoustic music. Her years of vocal training and intermediate skills at guitar make her definitely worth a listen.

Busking locally in Truro and surrounding areas, Megan thrives for more, gigging all around Cornwall; The Watering Hole, Lusty Glaze and Mr Wolf’s Bristol to name but a few.

Megan4Music is her own creation, with her passion for music a key inspiration!

“You really have got to go and see Megan Schirnhofer live to really appreciate her amazing vocal range. After hearing her busking in Truro it’s clear this lady is destined for bigger things. Her set consists of originals with a nice mix of covers. Warm and direct and impossible to explain. If she is performing near you snap up a ticket before you have to queue at Wembley to see her. We are very proud to have her as part of the Macmillan In The Mix family!”
Macmillan in the Mix Coordinator