Last December, we were delighted to be the guest act at the Mayflower in Cambridge, who are old friends. Indeed, many old friends appeared in the audience, and gave us a rousing welcome. We played a good many sets from our last CD, Cold Fen, featuring especially Greg’s tune Cold Fen itself, along with Shove the Pig’s Foot Closer to the Fire and Tom Crionin’s Homework. The evening also gave us the chance for a second outing for some new sets we’d been working on, and had tried earlier in the year at the Cambridge Folk Club, including the rather challenging Golden Eagle, followed by an Aly Bain tune, Sophie’s Dancing Feet; and a new set of tunes by Andrew, the Cherry Tree Polka and the Mayday Reel. We also threw in more Northumbrian pipe sets: Kathryn Tickell’s lovely Air Moving, followed by the traditional tunes Because he was a Bonny Lad and Holmes’ Fancy.
Songs too: the Handsome Cabin Boy, which we’ve been doing for more years than we care to remember; and All of a Row, from Lark Rise, which we played for twice in local school productions.
The support act was our old friend Dave Griffiths, who gave a fabulous performance of songs and tunes accompanied expertly on guitar and concertina. His voice is as lovely after all these years as it ever was.
The Mayflower described us on their website with these kind words:
The Great Eastern Ceilidh Company, comprising Andrew Burn, Greg and Hazel Smith, David Somerville and Mike Nelson, will be in concert mode on 9th December. They draw on a wide range of musical traditions from Galicia in Spain to Shetland, from America to Northumberland. Between them they play a range of instruments – fiddle, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, Northumbrian small pipes, melodeon, guitar and piano. They also perform beautifully arranged traditional folk songs.