January Music Monthly

To kick-start the new year Robert Haile reviews Vortigern’s Celtic rock night and the Howken field music and storytelling evening, both at Florence Mine Arts Centre. Playing drums in the […]

To kick-start the new year Robert Haile reviews Vortigern’s Celtic rock night and the Howken field music and storytelling evening, both at Florence Mine Arts Centre.

Playing drums in the Darkness

Vortigern by Robert Haile.

Stories of Vortigern: Lead singer, Roger Lomas, weaving tales of old with modern rock, blues and drums in the darkness.

CELTIC rock group Vortigern led the way at Florence Mine Arts Centre on November 13.

The group were supported by acoustic duo Jude and the Dude, Jude Allen and Paul Deegan.

The Maryport based act played a mix of their own material and covers from the likes of Sinead O’Connor.
Vortigern took to the stage with drums, guitars, violin and keyboard to weave tales of old.

Like the songs they sing they emerged from the darkness with powerful drums, played by Paul, which drove chanting lyrics. Mesmerising everybody with his violin prowess was Mark Rudd.
So talented is his playing that when covering Whiskey in the Jar you could have said it was a guitar.
The group take inspiration from old folk songs and give them an injection of rock and roll to bring them to a new audience.

The passion and pleasure they perform with was apparent and there was even room for a little humour as Mark started to introduce a song about the Border Reivers before handing over to father, who added with a smile, “This song’s about the Border Reivers”.

The band finished with a three song encore that concluded with a rendition of Loch Lomond or Bonny Banks o’ Loch Lomond but with a slight change.

I am sure when the next venue is announced there will be a few people who will be in Lakeland before them.

 

The Howken Field is everywhere

Nick Hennessey by Robert Haile

Unlike anything you’ve seen before: Nick Hennessey mesmerised the audience with his skill on the harp.

NICK Hennessey and Hannah Sanders took a packed audience of Florence Mine Arts Centre back to a time of the Border Reivers with a mixture of tales and songs of elves, werewolves and magic, on Friday December 4.

The night was split into two acts with the first consisting of standalone songs and tales, while the second was the Howken Field story.

The first act had Hennessey playing the harp and drum while Sanders played the guitar.
The pair, who were only performing this show for the second time, took turns to amaze the crowd with songs about Werewolves performed by Sanders.

Hennessy’s stories that were short local tales like the story of the Border Fool.

The Border Fool story was filled with humour and mystery and led to a full audience applause.
After a short interval the story of the Howken Field was begun.

The collection of stories and songs were based around a meeting between an Armstrong and Elliot during the time of the Border Reivers.

The night was a very enjoyable one.

While Hennessy and Sanders had various CDs available on the night, the Howken Field has yet to be recorded and is one I shall certainly waiting for.