Colin Ross illustrates a point at North Hero
Gerry Murphy, Terry Whelan, David Hillery and Megan
share a song at David's Whitby home
Session in The Lounge Lerwick 2006
Shetland house session 2006
The Ferry House Glenelg on the night of Jimmy's  House
warming. Jimmy Watt was the keeper of Edal the otter (Ring of
Bright Water). Jamie & I arrived at 8 played until 4 and set off back
to Alnwick at 8 the next day - those were the days!
Inspirational Sundries
Afloat at Newton Bay—  Low Newton Square was the idyllic scene for
many great music sessions in the early eighties.
Below: Carole, Sandra Kerr and Megan in Low Newton Square
Our two youngest; Decima (middle) and Tamsin (far right) make their
debut with the Suzuki group in the Alnwick Pantomime
Jamie tries out the
Deci aged 5
Megan aged 8
Jamie at 9
Jamie and Di Norris look down Loch Hourn from the summit of Druim Fada. The bays on
the right hold Corran, Sandaig and Glenelg. The Glenelg Inn hosted amazing sessions.
Patsy Seddon was there on our first visit and although Jamie, at 13, should have been out
of the pub by 8:30 he played  in the session until 1:30. This resulted in the pair of us being
invited to play at Jimmy Watt's house warming shortly after.
Glenelg Inn and garden is 1 mile from Skye with the treacherous 'Sound of Sleat' in between
Back home we do of course have
own celebrated fiddlers. Let's start
with Blind Willie Purvis 1752-1832:
More recently we have Willy Miller. He started playing in 'The Minstrel Boys' with Bryce
Anderson and George Mitchell and then formed 'Willy Miller's Cheviot Ranters' with Bryce
and George. When Willy left the band was known simply as 'The Cheviot Ranters'.
The Minstrel Boys
Willy Miller's Cheviot Ranters: Willy, George Mitchell & Bryce Anderson
Left: Willy was obviously known to some of the big guns in
the folk Revival as this cutting with Dave Swarbrick shows.
Note: I'm sure Swarb means the Dean Brig o' Edinburgh!
Deci's 2 nd performance with the Suzuki Group was at Alnwick Fair
'The Full Stottie' - me, David Hume, Jamie and Geoff Purvis at Widdrington circa 1999
Ruth Ball (caller in the Castle Band) and  Paul Knox (members of King
Cole) relax but keep fiddling after a long day in the studio
Nikki Williamson and Paul Knox take
inspiration from the master himself!!