Books

JIGGERY POKERWORK - The John Spiers Tune Book (Physical copy)
  • JIGGERY POKERWORK - The John Spiers Tune Book (Physical copy)

JIGGERY POKERWORK - The John Spiers Tune Book (Physical copy)

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This is a collection of 59 new folk and dance tunes suitable for all melody instruments (fiddles, whistles, piano etc. as well as squeezeboxes). Chord suggestions are clearly given for every tune and where the material is written in some of the more unusual keys, a transposition is also given in a more folk-friendly key.

Shipping cost is £2.50 to the UK first class, or £6 worldwide standard mail. For multiple copies, 50p per copy will be added.

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JIGGERY POKERWORK - Digital Edition
  • JIGGERY POKERWORK - Digital Edition
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PDF VERSION ONLY This is a collection of 59 new folk and dance tunes suitable for all melody instruments (fiddles, whistles, piano etc. as well as squeezeboxes). Chord suggestions are clearly given for every tune and where the material is written in some of the more unusual keys, a transposition is also given in a more folk-friendly key.

This digital PDF version has easy to navigate bookmarks and indexing of all the tunes, and has links to videos of the tunes online where available.

(Please note that the download link you are sent is only valid for 5 days after purchase.)

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FORAGED MUSIC - The John Spiers Traditional Tunebook (Physical copy)
  • FORAGED MUSIC - The John Spiers Traditional Tunebook (Physical copy)

FORAGED MUSIC - The John Spiers Traditional Tunebook (Physical copy)

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A new collection of 94 traditional tunes including all the ones I have played and recorded throughout my career along with lots of others which I love. Suitable for any melody instrument with chord suggestions given for every tune and where the material is in a more unusual key a transposition is given in a more folk-friendly key along with the original.

This is a pre-order, the book will be going to print very soon, and as soon as I have them in my hands I will send them out.

Shipping cost is £2.50 to the UK first class, or £6 worldwide standard mail. For multiple copies, 50p per copy will be added.

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FORAGED MUSIC - Digital Edition
  • FORAGED MUSIC - Digital Edition
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PDF VERSION ONLY A new collection of 94 traditional tunes including all the ones I have played and recorded throughout my career along with lots of others which I love. Suitable for any melody instrument with chord suggestions given for every tune and where the material is in a more unusual key a transposition is given in a more folk-friendly key along with the original.

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CDs and Downloads

GSCD007 Natural Invention

Gigspanner Big Band

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The brand new album from the Gigspanner Big Band supergroup will be sent out from April 10th.

The Gigspanner Big Band are: Peter Knight - fiddle, vox John Spiers - melodeon, concertina, vox Hannah Martin - fiddle, banjo, vox Philip Henry - dobro, harmonica, vox Roger Flack - guitars, bass, vox Sacha Trochet - percussion, bass, vox

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KSCD001 - Well Met

Peter Knight & John Spiers

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All tracks traditional, arranged by Peter Knight and John Spiers, except track 2 (Anton Seoane), Track 6 (Nigel Eaton) and Track 11 (John Spiers)

Recorded at Blue Moon Studio near Banbury, Oxfordshire, England.

Engineered by Mark Lee Produced by Peter Knight and John Spiers Mixed by Edward Blakely, Peter Knight and John Spiers Mastered by Edward Blakely © Peter Knight 2018 released as KSCD001. All rights of the producer and owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorised copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcast prohibited

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Fallow Ground

Spiers & Boden

By the time John Spiers & Jon Boden had hung up their highly regarded hats as the Spiers & Boden duo in 2014 they had earned a place in the hearts of the folk audience that few could rival.

Described by The Guardian as 'the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene', Spiers & Boden first rocketed onto the music scene in 2001, quickly winning a clutch of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and going on to take the folk scene by storm. John and Jon were also founding members of the pioneering and hugely successful folk big band Bellowhead, whose stellar career increasingly came to dominate their time. But now, after exploring solo projects, the duo return with 'Fallow Ground'.

It's an album bursting with ideas as well as a new-found confidence to let the material speak for itself. The songs and tunes selected for 'Fallow Ground' are overwhelmingly traditional – a clever mix of rambunctious melodies and contemplative ballads – and are the classic Spiers & Boden mixture of morris tunes, pieces brought back to the 21 st century from dusty manuscripts and, of course, a rare ability to conjure their own remarkable tunes.

'Bluey Brink' comes from the repertoire of Peter Bellamy and is the duo's first foray into the world of Australian folk song. 'Butter and Cheese and All' also comes from Bellamy, although this version is Sam Larner's and is also known as "The Greasy Cook". The title track, also known as "As I Stood under My Love's Window" is an unusual traditional love song in that it's neither boasting of "conquest" nor is it lamenting betrayal or abandonment...

There are also original tracks, including 'The Fog', 'Bailey Hill / Wittenham Clumps' – the first tune written by Jon, the second by John, both about hills which mean something to them and 'Giant's Waltz / The Ironing Board Hornpipe' which is inspired by the Giant's Causeway.
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Needle Pin, Needle Pin

Jackie Oates and John Spiers

This album features four songs recorded by John and Jackie on a Thursday afternoon in January 2020, at Richard Evans' house in Bath. These songs evolved through spontaneous performances at Nettlebed Folk Club over a number of years.

The second half of the album features the stand alone songs from Jackie's Radio Ballad; 'The Lacemakers - The Lost Art of Telling'. The songs explore the rhymes and 'tells' that were once sung by bobbin lace makers who learned their trade at lace schools around the Southern Midlands.
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