Bob and Gill Berry
Traditional and Contemporary Folk Songs in Harmony

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Latest Recordings

We have now launched our new album "Echoes of Alfred". It is a 16 track album with songs from the collection of Alfred Williams in the Wiltshire and surrounding counties. The launch was at the Chippenham Folk Festival and was well received.

Albums can be purchased at the following link. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Echoes-of-Alfred-Latest-album-by-Bob-Gill-Berry-Wildgoose-records/123176265294

Albums by Bob & Gills band Tinkers Bag are also still available. 

We also have a good number of gigs coming up including some great festivals. We look forward to seeing you there?

Way back inJune 2008 we had the great opportunity of being invited to record at the Real World Studios, Box ( that's Peter Gabriels place!) with the internationally known celtic harpist and singer, Loreena McKennit on her latest album " A Midwinter Night's dream".

A truly amazing experience and really nice to sing alongside such a giant in her field of music. Bob even got to do a couple of additional harmony lines as an over- dub. The track is "The Gloucestershire Wassail" and includes other singers including Eddie Upton, Bernard Coulter, Elena Robotham and Phillipa Toulson. Samples of Loreena McKennits music, inclu ding the 'wassail' can be found on http://www.quinlanroad.com

Bob & Gill recorded a song from the singing of Loreena on their previous album "Sitting on a tree" on the WildGoose record label. The track was called" Bonny Portmore" .
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Awards.
Bob & Gill were delighted to have been given an award by the English Folk Dance & Song Society Anniversary Awards ceremony which was held on Monday 11th June 2007.

The EFDSS 75th Anniversary Awards were a way of honouring many of the people who have made significant contributions to the development and continuity of traditional English folk music, song and dance. We are delighted to receive this award- however it is also to the friends and fellow enthusiasts that have supported our endeavours to share this wonderful music and song.

Since then Bob received a Joint Exceptional Community service award from the Chippenham Town Council and The Wiltshire Council. This was for working with the community of Chippenham and the Folk festival. Bob shares this with Gill and all the other fine volunteers at the Festival that does such a great job each year. However he was really chuffed to be presented it.

 

 

 

 

 

Some quotes from the latest album reviews

...excellent album of English traditional song...
Ian Croft RnR

"There really isn’t much to criticise, and there’s a lot to enjoy on this CD, and if you like examining the slightly less popular backwaters of the English tradition, and if you enjoy good singing, you’ll like this." . John Waltham Living Tradition

"This is their second on the Wildgoose label and the emphasis is on material from their own area of the Upper Thames. This makes their obvious major source the great work of Alfred Williams. Not discouraged by the fact that he only noted the words, they have borrowed, reconstructed or made the melodies to carry the traditional words with consistently pleasing results. This makes their songs sound slightly different from
the standard versions and it is these differences that enable the listener to appreciate the songs with fresh ears.They have some talented musicians among their
guest musicians including Gill Redmon
d and Lewis Wood but accompaniments are kept straightforward and unobtrusive; they are also joined on some choruses by other members of their long running band, Tinkers' Bag". Vic Smith fRoots

"Interesting arrangements with plenty of space in them keep the narratives strong- you'll be fascinated to find out how many different ways there are to keep any audience joining in- a thoroughly well-crafted collection using acoustic instruments well captured ...There's some radical C19 protest in there, and the joys of Army life alongside superb versions of Salisbury Plain and Miggy Campbell's Days Of Summer... What comes over most of all is sincerity and the joy which Bob & Gill bring to singing. Highly recommended!"
Bob Kenward Around Kent Folk





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