Arthur Marshall

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MOSTLY BANDS…

I started playing in public back in 1969, and for money in 1972 in the folk clubs of Yorkshire.

From then on I worked around the clubs in various bits of the country - mostly around Yorkshire and then Lincolnshire, with a small excursion back to my original home county of Sussex somewhere in the middle.  Oh, and I seem to remember living in Cardiff for a short while.  And there was a field in Wrexham…

Then around 1978 I moved to the Wirral and carried on annoying audiences all over Merseyside for twenty odd years, during which time I diversified somewhat from being a solo performer, joining various bands ranging from country to zydeco.

At the same time, I ran a couple of ceilidh or barn dance bands - starting with the Fiddle Band (which did what it said on the tin and then imploded gloriously in a cloud of confusion) and then the Titanic Disaster Band of glorious memory (it went down well, by the way...).

After that, I played fiddle with Sack the Fiddler cajun band for a short while - a dodgy job for a fiddle player with a band called that, and then accordion and vocals with the great Swamp Fever - a stonking mix of musicians from folk, R&B and rock origins all belting out zydeco in great style.  First time I ever saw an entire folk club audience shove the chairs to one side and start dancing spontaneously!

And now I play fiddle and accordion, flute and sax with a bit of mandolin and guitar and singing thrown in with the Irish band Kiss the Blarney, which is terrific fun.  I still call the odd ceilidh (very odd, so they tell me), and play around the local folk clubs.

Now, about my narrowboat...