With thanks to Andy
Formed in 1968 and still going strong, Hunter Muskett are:
Muskett opened the Saturday evening session on The Centre Stage with the 'House Full' signs up. Aided and abetted by Paul Burgess on drums and Alan Thomson, up on bass for the final two numbers, it was terrific fun. Maybe 1200+ people, an excellent reception and plenty of nice comments afterwards. Many thanks to Peter Barton for putting us on the bill once more, and to PB and Alan for helping out.
Back in 2010 Muskett had opened the first Skeggie festival in the snow. A downpour this time but not a wet blanket in sight: excellent acts, time to catch up with old friends and warm accommodation. If this was to be the final festival, it was a good way to go.
As many people will be aware Rab Noakes sadly passed away on 11 November last. It is beyond unfortunate that some billings for the Skegness festival continue to include Rab's name on the artist list. Our sympathy and good wishes go to Rab's family and friends.
Another tour completed. Seven excellent gigs and each with highly appreciative audiences. Wonderful as always to meet so many old friends and to make a few new ones along the way. The long-awaited return to Green Note provided a rare London outing, and what a fine one it proved to be. Many thanks to one and all for continuing to turn out and support us.
Michael Bjorn’s article on the band is now available in ‘Shindig’ magazine issue #133. The article, to be found under the ‘The Vinyl Clicks’ section, covers Muskett in the Bradleys era and includes the photo of the band performing at the Festival Hall London in, 1973. Shindig magazine is available on the shelves of all good news-agents.
Texas retrospective website ‘Tending the Pale Bloom’ approached the band for an on-line interview on the Hunter Muskett story. For those with an hour and a half to spare Roger’s exhaustive (not to say exhausting) conversation with Greg Chance is now available on:
Muskett interview – Tending the Pale Bloom
A Heart Full of Soul: The Life of the Yardbird’s Keith Relf written by US author David French and published by McFarland Books is now available in the UK. This is the first full biography of the singer and harmonica player.
As Keith produced our 1973 album ‘Hunter Muskett’ David asked us to help him with a few memories from those times, both in the studio and later on tour with the Bradley’s Roadshow. Sadly we were unable to provide a photo of us with Keith (as far as we know none were taken), but David has kindly included the album sleeve in his book.
Many thanks to Yardbird expert Josh Cicek who also helped with the book. Josh contacted us from Australia with some Muskett tracks copied from Keith’s personal tapes – including an alternative version of Laze Around All Day.
The Hunter Muskett CD re-released to coincide with the book is now sold out.
After performing Terry’s song ‘Leave It With Mine’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, Archie Fisher has now released a live version. It appears on the CD ‘The Best Times After All’ recorded in Canada by Archie along with Garnett Rogers. There is also a projected studio version in the pipeline. This is in keeping with Archie’s habit of recording Terry’s songs twice – he recorded two versions of ‘Silver Coin’ some years ago.
All but two of the songs are Hiscock originals and Terry plays the instruments himself with just a little help from Tom Leary on fiddle. Noel Gander and Gayna Taylor contribute vocals and John Ellis, who did Muskett's 'That Was Then This Is Now' CD, engineered at his Limefield Studio.
We could tell you how good it is but why not read an impartial review in FATEA on-line magazine Terry Hiscock CD review?
Copies of the CD are available by contacting Terry's website or by going to one of his solo gigs also listed on the site (assuming he remembers to take them along).
Copies of our comeback CDs – ‘Unafraid and Sober’ and ‘That Was Then This Is Now’ are still available from this site.
The band’s debut album ‘Every Time You Move’ remains, for the moment, unavailable, as does the other 70s album ‘Hunter Muskett’.
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 6 – Mon 9 The Great British Folk Festival, Butlins, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ
Hunter Muskett to appear on Saturday evening (7th January)
Thur 20 Black Swan Folk Club Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR
Fri 21 North Ferriby Village Hall, 50 Church Road, North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, HU14 3AA
Thurs 27 Darlington Folk Acoustic Club, The Copper Beech, Neasham Road, Darlington, DL1 4DH
Fri 28 Zeffirellis Jazz Bar, 2 Compston Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9DJ
Thur 16 Wivenhoe Folk Club, Royal British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe, Essex CO7 9BX
Fri 1 St Edith Folk, Sevenoaks, Kent - venue to be announced
If anyone out there would like to book us , or if you know someone who might, then please get in touch.
Please go to Terry’s Website for a full listing
With thanks to John Lamb for his reinterpretation....