TINKERS BAG: Bob and Gill Berry, already well known as a folk singing duo, and organisers
of the Chippenham Folk Festival, were asked to put together music for a BBC Wiltshire
radio programme, "A Wiltshire Wassail" for Christmas 1997. They called on a few friends,
including singers Nigel and Christine Owen, multi-instrumentalist Richard Rees, and
that icon of the Wiltshire folk revival, Mick Hiscock. The Wiltshire Wassaillers
toured with the show "A Seasonal Feast" the following Christmas, then looked around
for more ideas. Tinkers Bag was born, and five more shows followed, with gigs round
Wiltshire and beyond. Building on a shared love of unaccompanied song, they also play
dance tunes,comic songs and arrange more contemporary songs, always with solid roots
into the traditions and customs of rural southern England.
QUICKSILVER: Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham prove the old adage that if you put
two great talents together the resulting whole is much greater than the sum of the
two parts. Hilary is the vocal powerhouse most famous for her work with acappella
trio Artisan. Grant Baynham first found fame on TV’s “That's Life” but is universally
recognised as a virtuoso guitarist. Grant is also a formidable songwriter with an
energy and enthusiasm which guarantee a high-powered performance of material from
almost every genre of music. Together Hilary and Grant (Hg) deliver a performance
of complete professionalism, top-quality musicianship, breath-taking vocal performance
and, quite often, absolute hilarity!
JIM MAGEEAN & GRAEME KNIGHTS:These two singers are mostly known in association with
the late, great Johnny Collins who sadly passed away in July 2009. Jim had been singing
in a duo with Johnny since 1975 and Graeme had also been singing with Johnny since
1999. Sometimes the three singers performed as a trio (they toured Canada as such
in 2008) and the last recording Johnny made was the CD ‘Good Times' with Jim and
Graeme - so named because they always had such good times together.
Like Johnny, Jim and Graeme specialise in unaccompanied chorus songs. Sea Shanties,
Work Songs, Union Songs, Mining Songs, Drinking Songs etc. Anything to get the audience
to join in and ‘Make the Rafters Roar'.