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An audience with the Shepherds


Willie Taylor, Will Atkinson & Joe Hutton


Joe Hutton (Smallpipes), Will Atkinson (Mouthorgan) and Willie Taylor (fiddle) all worked as shepherds in Northumberland. They all knew each other over many years and had family connections: Will and Willie were first cousins and Joe’s wife’s mother’s cousin was their aunt Nan Armstrong. Their performances and early recordings inspired a whole generation of musicians in the North East of England.

In retirement they joined together and became known as The Shepherds and during the late 1980s and early 1990s they gained a following outside their native homeland. Led initially by concertina player Alistair Anderson they travelled all over England playing at concerts, clubs and festivals

Only a handful of recordings of them are now available on compilation CDs, so this whole new album of ‘live’ performances will be a welcome addition to any CD collection of English

traditional music.


1. Dance de Chez Nous /Aunty Mary's Canadian Barndance /Neil Taylor's Jig - The Shepherds
2. Tombigbee Waltz /The Glakey Hornpipe - The Shepherds
3. Bonny Cragside /Little Jenny - Joe Hutton
4. Roxburgh Castle /Hesleyside /The Spootiskerry - The Shepherds
5. Duke of Fife's Welcome to Deeside /Skinner's Compilments to Dr MacDonald - Will Atkinson
6. Elsey's Waltz /Breamish - The Shepherds
7. Tich's Reel / The Pearl Wedding /Nancy Taylor's Reel - Willie Taylor
8. Morpeth Rant /Jock Wilson o' Fenton /Cheviot Rant - The Shepherds
9. Alistair J. Sim - Willie Taylor & Will Atkinson
10. Whittle Dene Hornpipe /Remember Me /The Rowley Burn - Joe Hutton
11. Rothbury Hills /Swindon - The Shepherds
12. Patchwork Polka - Willie Taylor
13. Captain Norman Orr Ewing /Redford Cottage - Joe Hutton & Will Atkinson
14. Loch Ruan /Farewell to the Dene /Nancy Clough - The Shepherds
15. A Trip to Bavaria /Bill Sutherland's /Kenmay House - Will Atkinson & Tom Gilfellon
16. Caddam Woods /72nd Highlanders' Farewell to Edinburgh /Belfast Reel - The Shepherds


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