A true all-rounder, on the one hand a passionate singer able to tackle big songs, and on the other a multi-instrumentalist acknowledged as one of England’s leading exponents of the anglo concertina and melodeon (button accordion) and a skilled guitarist as well.
Brian believes strongly in the power and relevance of the old songs, specializing particularly in the great ballads of the British Isles. His accompaniments on three instruments give a wide range of musical textures to his songs, though in performance he’s not a traditional diehard, including songs from unexpected sources, and never forgetting that folk music is meant to be accessible, and fun.
For many years he played and researched old Northern English country dance music, unearthing tunes from centuries-old manuscripts, at the same time composing new tunes in traditional style, many of which were published in his book Rattle and Roll. Brian is experienced as a teacher and workshop leader on concertina, melodeon and guitar at countless tutorial sessions. He’s also the accordion player heard regularly on the TV cartoon Spongebob Squarepants!
“A singer, guitarist and melodeon player of rare ability -One of the very best performers in the field of English traditional song and music” Steve Winick, Dirty Linen (USA)