Header Image  
   
  cEILIDH BAND  
 

CUT THE MUSTARD GUEST MUSICIANS

From time to time we call on our highly talented guest musicians to deputise for band members or to join our core band for some of our events.


Pete Hagan

Pete Hagan

I started playing the guitar in 1974, greatly influenced by Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.
I have played at many folk clubs and in various duos. I moved to Shropshire in 1980 and in the mid 80s got involved in the Irish sessions at the Boat Inn at Jackfield. The sound of Irish traditional music played on a banjo just blew me away and it was then that I bought my first banjo and really got into the Irish music scene.
A big influence on my playing has been Gerry O’Connor. I now have 5 banjos – 3 vegas and 2 sullys. I go to Ireland every year for the Fleah – and the crack! – and I got to the final of the All–Ireland Fleah one year.
It was in 1996 that I met Roger at a ”Boat“ session and we have been great friends ever since. We have played many gigs together including a tour to Denver, Colorado USA where, incidentally, I slept in the same bed as my hero Bob Dylan, who had been there two weeks before us.


We have also enjoyed a tour of Brittany in 2007 and St. Patrick’s night at the Diver’s Inn, Braye, on Alderney, in the Channel Islands, in 2008

 


Malcolm Wragg

Malcolm Wragg

I have been playing drums for 42 years. My influence was Keith Moon, watching him play with The Who inspired me to buy my own drum kit.
I have played with many bands through the years covering all styles of rhythms. I was the original drummer with T'Pau in the 1980s  and in the 1990s I worked with Mike Sanchez and Robert Plant.
Today I enjoy playing drums more than ever and feel I keep improving.

 

 

 

John Smith

John Smith

Oddly  I  was  first  turned  on  to  music during school  assemblies.   The  music  master,  the  venerable Mr  Crowhurst, or  Pengy,  played Bach  Preludes and Fugues  while we shuffled out  of  the  main  hall.  This  gave  me  a  lifelong love of  Baroque music and  is  the  reason  I  started  playing  the  piano  and  the  organ.

The  first  proper band  I  played  in  was  a  strange psychedelic  combo  called The  Moonlight  Drive.  I  was then  introduced  to  the  folk  scene when  I  became a  member  of  Silurian Morris.  As  keyboards are  not  very  portable and as I  wanted  to be involved musically, I  first  learned  the  mandolin  and then  moved on  to  the fiddle.

Since that time I  have  played  occasionally  with  Hodges  Dump,  and the Organ  Grinders,  of  which  I  was  a  founding  member, and  many  more  English  Ceilidh  bands.  I  have  known  Roger for many  years  and  am always happy to sit  in  with  Cut  the  Mustard  if  Helen  or  Jo  are  not  available

 
   
  Copyright