KISS THE BLARNEY
KISS THE BLARNEY is (or possible are -
We play everything from the stomping chorus songs such as the Wild Rover and Black Velvet Band to the more gentle and reflective laments for times gone by (Rare Auld Times) or the longing of those who have had to leave their homes for places dimly remembered through the mists and mountains of time.
The band is led by the singing of John and Arthur, supported by John's bass and guitar, ornamented by Arthur's fiddle, melodeon, mandolin, flute, accordion and sax and driven mightily along by Robbie’s guitar and banjo. Oddly enough, we don't actually play all these instruments at the same time -
As well as the songs, dance tunes and airs drop in and out of the set -
He played in the backing band for Sean Cannon of the Dubliners when on tour. Both he and Arthur worked with the Cheshire ceilidh band Peak Folk for several years providing the music for ceilidhs and barn dances where Arthur, as well as playing melodeon, called the dances in his own inimitable style.
Robbie plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and various other instruments with strings. This may lead to the occasional surprise, to the rest of the band as well as to the audience, but we savour creativity in all its forms...
He started off playing classic rock in Kent, gradually evolving northwards to study music and play in varied bands, from pop to folk and country to heavy metal. As a session player he's played and sung at festivals throughout the UK and Europe as well as on TV. He likes real ale, pork scratchings and Airedale terriers.
Arthur, who had been busy running ceilidhs and bossing dancers around, was hankering for picking up his fiddle again. He started playing folk music in Yorkshire folk clubs back in the late sixties, formed a barn dance band in a moment of madness (and the Wirral) in the late seventies, had a small excursion into country music before veering sideways into Cajun in the eighties and Zydeco in the nineties.
There's a whole somewhat scurrilous history and a bit more of his music at www.arthurmarshall.co.uk), which will, however, tell you ivery little about narrowboats... He has spent most of his waking life attempting to get some sort of noise out of every instrument ever invented except drums and banjos. Is now wrestling with a trombone, and, although the trombone usually wins, that doesn't stop him playing it.
With the Blarney, he plays fiddle, accordion, sax and flute, with the odd burst of mandolin and guitar for the sake of variety. There are occasional bursts of harmonica just to prove he can. We won't talk about the trombone.