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Brian Jeffels 

singer songwriter/session musician/producer            

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Guitar (6st,12st, & bass), Irish Bouzouki, Mandolin, Ukulele, Whistle, Keyboards / Piano Accordion

 

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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. Ranging in style from fine generic English folk songs to Celtic tunes (with a little bit of Old Time thrown in for good measure), his guitar and stringed  instrument  technique (influenced by those early days) make his arrangements instantly recognisable as his own. As well as being a solo artist Brian Jeffels was also one half of The Creosote Brothers with Alan Jenkins: a duo formed to play Alan's Americana style songs on a short tour of Italy, which grew into a long-standing partnership. Playing a variety of gigs from festivals to folk clubs , Brian is a familiar face around the sessions and clubs of Bedfordshire (where he makes his home) and the surrounding counties. 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 some of which are available on this site or have a link. The start of 2010 saw a further collaboration with Clarke, Gittins and Blundell on a CD and  regular gigs throughout the year. A second CD "Is this where I come in?" was released in 2015 following an  enforced break towards the end of 2010 after Carol Schaessens (whistle/recorder) and Brian were involved in a serious road accident on the way home from playing.  The Brian Jeffels Band was formed in the summer of 2011 to perform music from both CDs featuring Carol, Heather Saunderson on fiddle and Vince Gorman playing all manner of stringed instruments and bodhran.  The band gigged 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. After a brief time playing with "Ragged Staff" Brian is now performing solo again and also plays with The Morrowers, a band set up by Carol and Heather after the Brian Jeffels Band disbanded in 2014.