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?
Well done, Doug for setting up the Denmark tour, and for running the show.
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 and back.
Seeing Doug fronting ‘Then Came the Wheel’ was a much anticipated treat, wonderful players all and extremely nice guys to boot. Special thanks to Alan Thompson for the loan of his bass guitar and amp.
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.
Happily Doug is now fully recovered from his successful ‘rebore’ at University Hospital, Odense and was back in Blighty for our return to Orpington Folk Club - after a gap of 46 years. It was an excellent (and very hot) evening, with the bonus of a number of the Avery Hill crowd in attendance.
The New Forest Folk Festival is always a treat: lovely setting, nice people, great line-up, fantastic sound. This year we were twice-lucky being joined on stage by Paul Burgess (fresh from drumming with Ringo) and Tom Leary with his magic fiddle. All great fun and, just as we finished, England scored.
Once again so good to speak to friends both old and new, musos and punters alike. Talking of gaps of 46 years – how nice to meet Brian who booked us at The Star, Portsmouth in 1972.
Huge thanks to Nick and Keith Curtiss for having us back at New Forest again for our third visit. Advance notice – Doug will be gracing the 2019 festival with ‘Then Came The Wheel’.
Final thanks to Tom Lane for inviting us back to the Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music, and for setting up the gig at The George the night before. Maybe see you there.
Looking further ahead the never-ending Tourette resumes in November.
As always, dates are posted opposite. Information about venues can be found by clicking the links.
On November 16th we make our first visit to St Edith Folk. Tickets for our evening there are available from www.wegottickets.com
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 18th FolkEast Festival, Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 0BT - Terry
Sun 26th Thameside Folk Festival, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN – Terry & Rog
Sun 9th Woodfest, Takeley, Bishop's Stortford CM22 6NE - Terry
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
Thur 8 Spalding, Lincs. Details to follow
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
Wed 14th The Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DJ
Thur 15 Loughton Folk Club, 8 Station Road, Loughton, Essex 1G10 4NX
Fri 16 St Edith Folk Club, Otford Memorial Hall, 28A High Street, Otford, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5PQ Tickets from www.wegottickets.com or the St Edith web-site.
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....