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The Morrowers 

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The Morrowers are a three piece, playing mostly traditional folk music with a few self- penned generic songs and tunes thrown in. They are Carol Schaessens (whistles, recorders and blowy things), Heather Sanderson (fiddle and mandolin) and Brian Jeffels ( guitars and stringy things). For those who are inquisitive, morrowing is the exchange of help with a neighbour, and that’s how this band started. Separately, the members wanted to play tunes but had no accompaniment so the others lent theirs - get it? Most of the music originates from Gt. Britain and Europe but don’t think you’re in for an evening of Eurovision, this material is from ‘times gone by’ but played for ‘times to come’.

 

BRIAN JEFFELS (photo: Sturman Photography)

Brian Jeffels started as a rock guitarist, went through the 'prog-rock' era, flirted briefly with keyboard-based music, then discovered the acoustic scene and emerged some years later as what he is today: a multi-instrumentalist balladeer and singer songwriter.   His first CD was released in June 2009 titled 'For whom the willow weeps', and he can also be heard on various other artists' recordings.  Since forming The Brian Jeffels Band in 2011 he's been seen gigging  at a variety of venues including, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wittfest (Oxon), Balstock (Herts), Potbelly Folk Festival (Northants) and clubs including St. Neots Folk Club and Northampton Folk Club. Artists supported include Jez Lowe, Paul Downes, Vikki Swan and Jonny Dyer, and John Kirkpatrick.

CAROL SCHAESSENS (photo: Rachel Chadwick)

Like many others, Carol learned the descant recorder at primary school. But this was a distant memory when she joined a small singing quartet at her local folk club. When a recorder intro was needed for one piece she realised the wider potential of this often hated instrument! For ten years she then attended music sessions where she learned to pick up tunes by ear, and discovered folk tunes from all round the world.

In 2009 Carol met Brian at a folk session and soon after played her first outdoor gig as part of his band at the Bedford River Festival. In front of over 500 people, the band performed outdoors on one of the windiest days of the year (try playing a recorder in the wind!)

Carol now plays sopranino, descant and treble recorders, Irish whistle, melodica and xylophone. Her ambition is to be able smile even when a dog fight is taking place off stage or when the stage slopes backwards! Carol’s musical heroes include Boldwood, the Chieftains, Waterson and Carthy, Brahms and Borodin.

HEATHER SANDERSON (photo: Sarah Howard)

Heather has been surrounded by music from an early age. Her Mum studied at the Royal College of Music and taught her the piano until teenage years made this difficult for all concerned. Heather also learnt the violin classically from about the age of 7 or 8. What a relief (for all the family) to get onto a full size fiddle that had a lovely sound - a great charity shop find, and the same instrument she still loves to play. She just added a tasty bow and invested in a really good set-up and a solid Hiscox case. She also plays the mandolin.

Heather has performing and teaching diplomas from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She has a very eclectic taste in music and listens to many genres, thanks to her husband who has introduced her to rock and heavy metal.  Her strongest influences are celtic and traditional music from around the British Isles. She also has an affinity for traditional music from Scandinavia, France and Canada. She has a wide number of other interests, including traditional crafts, dance, local and social history and the history of languages, which seem to relate really well to folk music.

She met Carol at a folk club in Histon, Cambridgeshire, in 2008.  Heather credits Carol with encouraging her to learn more music from memory. Heather joined the band in 2011 and enjoys improvising and arranging. She loves scouring out-of-print folk music books and library archives for different material.

Aly Bain, Boldwood, the Chieftains, Martin Simpson, Maxim Vengerov, Martha Argerich and Lang Lang are some of her particular musical heroes.

 

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2016

MAY

3rd St Neots Folk Club

7th Red Velvet Music Marathon

8.30pm-9pm

The GoldenHind, Milton road Cambridge

 

 

 

2015

AUGUST

13th      Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

             2pm-4pm Wimpole Harvest themed event

 

SEPTEMBER

11th       Cambridge Folk Club

              Featured headline act  at showcase night

OCTOBER

12th        Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

               3pm-4pm Wimpole Hall Produce Fair

DECEMBER

12th       Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

             2pm-4pm Part of the Folk at the Farm weekends

 

PAST GIGS

2014

MARCH

22nd        The Golden Hind, Milton Road, Cambridge.  The Morrowers

6.30pm - 7pm slot

part of 24hour Charity marathon in aid of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. see www.arhc.org.uk/event

MAY

17th     St Pauls Church, Bedford.  The Morrowers

2 ad hoc performances between 10am - 4pm at the church fair.

OCTOBER

11th     The Great Hall Bedford School, Bedford.

Playing The Foyer at 'A Tapestry of Music'