Muskett was lucky to be around in those heady days when record companies paid for studio time, students got grants, gigs were plenty and someone had to sit on the engine.
Fast forward (remember that?) 36 years to 2010 and the same, not too rusty, Muskett ‘reloads’ at the Aspinall Arms in Clitheroe. It didn’t make the front pages but the room was full, it was great fun, so why not?
So concludes the latest stage of the never-ending tourette.
Now back from Denmark two days late (courtesy of a lightning strike at Stansted), but with all engines intact. Huge thanks to Doug for setting the whole thing up and running the show. Happily he stayed the course (just), and is now fully recovered and hopefully getting some rest after his successful ‘rebore’ at University Hospital, Odense.
Muskett played four excellent gigs for which many thanks go to: Jens and Ida Falck who looked after us so royally at Musikcafe Trekron ( lovely place, nice Mini), Jens Jorgensen for welcoming us to his Loppestuen (can that really mean ‘flea living room’?) with its endless supply of cans, and Grethe & Claus at Arne B, Svendborg - the best music venue on the island of Funen, and that’s official. Thanks also to Leif & Mette and Jan & Doug for excellent hospitality throughout, and finally, of course, to Big Keith for getting us there on time.
Seeing Doug fronting ‘Then Came the Wheel’ was a much anticipated treat, wonderful musos all and extremely nice guys to boot. Special thanks to Alan Thompson for the loan of his bass guitar and amp (I think that SWR rig would have taken the plane down).
We always look forward to playing along with other musicians and ‘Fields of France’ certainly got the treatment with Jens Falck’s wonderful fiddle at Musikcafe to be followed by the all-dancing, all-kilted massed bodhrans of Stenstrup courtesy of Jens Jorgensen & John Tordenro. Finally thumbs up to Kurt and Henrik for adding mandolin and mouth harp to ‘Once Bitten’ at Arne B.
All in all things went very well in the state of Denmark - smashing people, great gigs and perfect weather: Terry got so excited he broke a string.
Next up is a rare unplugged evening at Orpington Folk Club before our third appearance at the New Forest Folk Festival.
Looking forward to it as always - hope to see you there.
Given that Terry and Doug perform Muskett material in various solo/duo settings for much of the year we have decided to include these outings in a separate section of the ‘Live Dates’ list for those interested.
It is gratifying that the new Muskett CD ‘Unafraid and Sober’ continues to receive excellent reviews. Extracts and links can be found on the ‘Our Story’ page, together with full CD details
Copies of both our comeback CDs - ‘Unafraid and Sober’ and ‘That Was Then This Is Now’ - are available from this site and at our gigs.
Unfortunately neither of the 70s albums is officially available at the moment
As always, if you would like to get in touch do feel free to use our e-mail link on the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Fri 11 Hadleigh Folk & Music Club, Suffolk – Terry & Rog
Sun 24th Leigh on Sea Folk Festival, Leigh on Sea, Essex – Terry & Rog
Sat 20th Running Well,The Barnhall Social Club, Alderney Gardens, Wickford, SS11 7JP – Terry & Rog
Wed 23 Musikcafe Trekrone, Dalstrupvej 12, 8500 Grenå,
Thur 24 Jens Jorgensen's Loppestuen, Stenstrup,
Fri 25 Arne B, Vestergade 12, Svendborg, - with ‘Then Came The Wheel’
Sat 26– Arne B, Vestergade 12, Svendborg with ‘Then Came The Wheel’ (Doug’s Danish birthday bash)
Thurs 1 Grizebeck Community Hall, Grizebeck, Cumbria, 17 7XH
Fri 2 Brigsteer and Helsington Village Hall, Brigsteer, Cumbria LA8 8AL
Sun 4 Bothy Folk Club, Park Golf Club, Park Rd West, Southport, Lancs PR9 0JS
Fri 9 Royston Folk Club, The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, Royston, Herts SG8 9AW
Mon 12 Colchester Folk Club, Colchester Arts Centre, Essex CO1 1NF
Tues 13 Hoy at Anchor, 7/9 Northview Drive, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex SS0 9NG
Thur 15 Loughton Folk Club, 8 Station Road, Loughton, Essex 1G10 4NX
Fri 16 St Edith Folk Club, St Edith Hall, High Street, Kemsing, Kent TN15 6NA
If anyone out there would like to book us , or if you know someone who might, then please get in touch.
With thanks to John Lamb for his reinterpretation....