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?
It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the recent passing of our dear friend Ron ‘Stricky’ Strickland. Ron left us in April after a long battle with ill health, he was one of Muskett's greatest friends and fans.
We first met over fifty years ago on one of Muskett's early trips to Lancashire. Ron went to the Lemon Tree folk club in Lytham St Annes expecting to see Mike Harding but got us instead. We stayed in touch ever since, renewing our friendship when the band reformed eleven years ago.
Ron and I had a special relationship, and many stories could be told of our escapades together, whether at gigs, parties or on our fishing trips together, usually with something liquid attached. He was always a good pal with a smile for everyone, and although our friendship was over a distance, whenever the Musketts played anywhere near the North West, he and his lovely wife Dianne would come and see us. He will be truly missed, and our condolences and thoughts go out to Di and all of Ron’s family and friends.
We will sing ‘Silver Coin’, Ron’s favourite Muskett song, for him and Di when next possible.
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.
To coincide with the book we are, for the first time, making a CD of the ‘Hunter Muskett’ album available. It can be purchased from this site in the usual way, using the links opposite. The CD features:
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.
Terry's solo CD 'Falling More Slowly' is now complete. 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, along with our second 70’s album ‘Hunter Muskett’.
The band’s debut album ‘Every Time You Move’ remains, for the moment, unavailable.
As always, if you would like to get in touch do feel free to use our e-mail link on the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Spring Tour 2021 - all dates for April/May now cancelled
Rescheduled dates for 2021 so far:
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....