Folk Weekend Oxford (FWO) April 2021

This weekend was Folk Weekend Oxford 2021 (the event previously know as the Oxford Folk Festival). The whole shebang was put together virtually, using Zoom, YouTube and Facebook. What a mammoth task, but thankfully, no mammoths were hurt during the weekend. Well,...

Howard playing with Rose Hips

My Bands

It’s Bank Holiday Monday in May 2021 so thought I’d while away a few hours tweaking my websites. This post is about my bands and I will elaborating on them during the next … well, who knows?     I play for several different bands and dance groups in and...


Cornucopia April 2021

Patrick collected me and off we went to Jean’s back garden in Grove. Cornucopia practice of course! I had a beer (thank you Patrick) and homemade biscuits (thank you Jean) and really enjoyed playing while Patrick and Jim fiddled, and the ladies danced.  ...


When the music stopped March 26 2020

Vale Islanders. Sadly, no gigs with this dance group took place. The Vale Islanders got together a few times in a paddock to try and work out some socially distanced versions of dances (to give that authentic Black Plague vibe) but it turned out to be a bit too...

HUG Zoom

Live Music during 2020

So, no more live music for Howard in 2020? Well, no. Using the well known “let’s do this” algorithm, I managed to play loads of times this year. I almost always played outside where it is breezy and therefore, very safe. May 2020 VE Day I busked in our street,...

Whoosya in "Wantage Presents"

Streamed music 2020

Jigworks. One of the biggest impacts of corona virus was that I have only done one paid gig in 2020 and that was with Jigworks Ceilidh Band. I normally do around 50 or 60 gigs a year (with various bands and a mixture of paid and unpaid events). The one I did with...

Slow Session streamed live
Howard and AnnieMusicVale Islanders

The Vale Islanders

January 2020 was when we held Christmas Party (saves the December rush) held at our favourite country pub The Fox in Denchworth. Little did we know that we were but a few weeks away from the oncoming plague. So I thought I'd a pen a short post on the side. Annie...

Vale Islanders