Archive for August, 2011


Two Corbies features Colin Sillence (vocals, guitar and bodhran) and Heather Bristow (vocals, fiddle). Their repertoire is a mix of originals by Colin and Heather (she was a double finalist in the 2010 BRIT-affiliated UK Songwriting Contest), modern and traditional folk, blues and a touch of bluegrass.
Colin is from Stroud; Heather from Tetbury. (Colin is originally from Portsmouth and Heather from North Carolina, USA.)
Two Corbies have appeared at a variety of venues including Folk at the Oak (Corsham), The New Brewery Arts (Cirencester), Didmarton Bluegrass Festival (Kemble), Brownshill Festival (Stroud), SOLAM Festival, The Quarry Gig (Avening) and The Prom (Bristol) among others. They have performed live on Glastonbury Fm.
Colin features on two tracks of Heather’s critically acclaimed cd, Hope on the Vine, (Heifer Records, 2009). Heather has performed at bluegrass festivals such as Didmarton, Orwell and Malvern in a variety of line-ups, and folk festivals such as Priddy and Folk on the Water (Saul); last year she performed at several bluegrass festivals with the New Essex Bluegrass Band. She also occasionally performs (fiddle, vocals) with The Hog Ranch, a Bristol-based bluegrass band and with Hog Ranch banjo player Sean Hogan as a duo; she is currently working on her second solo cd, which will include Colin. For reviews and more information please see www.myspace.com/heatherbristow 
Colin’s debut cd of original songs and instrumentals, Wire and Wood, was released last year by his own recording studio, Heronshaw Music, based in Rodborough. In addition to performing with Two Corbies, he has also performed in a variety of line-ups and runs his own instrument repair/set up & recording/sound engineering business.
Two Corbies take their name from the traditional songs Twa Corbies and Three Ravens.



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The Yirdbards 16th August

We’re delighted to welcome The Yirdbards back to Seend for the main event particularly after their wonderful floorspot performances earlier in the year.  They delighted everyone present at their stunning performance at the Village Pump Weekender in Trowbridge recently and they’ll do the same here.

Here’s what others say about them.

Strong and true’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Having been singing from the heart since the ‘60s, the voice of Paul Darby has matured like fine wine. Already front-man for the ever popular Dubious Brothers, with the Yirdbards this is Darby at his most soulful. The songs, many of which have been written by close friends, have a strong spiritual power, often drawing on man’s potent relationship with nature, landscape and society. Having crossed paths with Pat Randall (guitar, backing vocals) and Verity Sharp (cello, fiddle) in rural Wiltshire, the music of Paul Darby and Yirdbards is now set to deliver a deep sigh of satisfaction.

What the punters say: ‘utterly lovely’ ; ‘…shades of Incredible String Band co-mingled with Billy Bragg via Attila the Stockbroker…’

Meaning: Yird Earth, Bard A poet.

“I Will Sing You This Song” is Paul Darby and the Yirdbard’s 7 track debut, born out of a shared love of music and landscape

For further information, bookings etc, please contact:

For more information call Cartwheel Records on 01672 851 332, 07973 653 603, or email yirds@yirdbards.com


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