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Drummer Boy

by Broadband

Stunning live vocals, hauntingly beautiful music and unique lyrics from Angie, Martin and Phil blend into an irresistible follow up CD that will be played over and over again.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mary Lacy
3:44 $0.99
2. Winter Rain
4:13 $0.99
3. Red Sky At Night
4:42 $0.99
4. But for Grace
4:24 $0.99
5. Friendly Beggar
5:55 $0.99
6. The Drummer Boy
5:31 $0.99
7. Tom Tom
4:39 $0.99
8. Molly
4:53 $0.99
9. Shuttles Fly
3:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
For a description of the origins of the songs please read on......

Broadband are :- Angie Archer, Martin Bradburn and Phil Summers

Angie Archer
Angie (winner of the best traditional unaccompanied folk singer competition at the 2012 Saltburn Folk festival) is the band’s main vocalist who plays Guitar and Mandolin.
Her amazing vocals which have been praised by her many audiences (& judges), give the group its edge.

Martin Bradburn
Martin is not only gifted with a superb voice but also brings to the group tremendous musical talent, with his skills on Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Bouzouki & when required on the group’s bass Tea chest

Phil Summers
Phil is the comedian of the group, with many,many years experience of entertaining audiences. He has a vast repertoire of comedy numbers & humorous monologues. His relaxed style, musical virtuosity and vocal input add to the mix that is Broadband.

The Members of the group have known each other for many years and have played together for the past 5 years.
They have worked to produce a unique sound and have written, mixed and produced this latest CD over the last 18 months.
Although primarily a folk trio, on occassion they play an extensive range of more contemporary songs, This coupled with the groups innate sense of humour endears them to the many audiences they reach.
When not performing at the many folk and acoustic clubs up and down the North East of England they can be found running the extremely popular Pot and Glass Folk Club at Egglescliffe Village near Yarm on Tees.

Mary Lacy
The English Folk tradition is littered with anecdotal tales of young ladies who don male attire & then follow their military boyfriends on board ship or to the battlefield. The story of Mary Lacy however, is both well documented & true. After a failed romance, she took on the persona of William Chandler & volunteered in the Royal Navy, eventually becoming a fully qualified ship’s carpenter on HM warship Sandwich. The story took on an even more remarkable twist in that, after service in the seven years war, when her naval career finally finished (long after her true gender had been revealed) she was granted a Royal Naval pension. This,all in a time when even the mere presence of a woman onboard was considered bad luck by most sailors. Written by band member Angie

Winter Rain
Also written by Angie, this song evokes memories of walking around (in the bleak mid winter) the scenic valley of Rosedale, set deep in the heart of the North Yorks moors & how, with its vagaries of weather, it’s possible to experience all four seasons in one day.

Red Sky at Night
The well known sailing & farming saying for predicting the forthcoming weather is used in an allegorical way to describe the lovers’ close, loving & committed relationship in this romantic song by Martin

But for Grace
This is the group’s take on the famous story of Grace Darling, daughter of Farne Island lighthouse keeper William. Together, on the 7th Sept 1878, they spotted the S/S Forfarshire wrecked on Harcar rocks. Bravely & in terrible weather, she & her father rowed in an open boat to the ship, managing to save five of the ship’s company. Later, William returned to save a further four souls from the deadly raging seas. Although Grace found the courage to tackle both wild seas & weather, the notoriety that her bravery attracted proved more daunting. Perhaps because of the pressure generated by her fame, she fell ill some years later & died at the tender age of just twenty seven. Written by Angie

Friendly Beggar
This song, again written by Martin, evokes the idea of a musical instrument which imparts on its owner magical properties. Once in the hands of its new custodian, even though he may never have played a note in his life, the instrument produces mystical & haunting melodies. But, the great gift (like that given to King Midas) comes at a terrible price, instantly rendering old age on its bearer. However, all is not lost, as the passing of the mystic instrument on to its next owner guarantees the donor a place in the hereafter. Who said Opera had improbable plots ?!!!

The Drummer Boy
The inspiration for this song, written by Angie, was the sight of a 17th century drummer boy’s uniform in a regimental museum. Spurred on by the thought of such a small figure in that uniform, Angie researched the role of being a drummer boy, only to find it involved a lot more than beating the drum. The song sets out to describe the fears & pride of such a young warrior as seen through the eyes of the birds flying above him.

Tom Tom
This song, written by band member Phil, shows the group’s sense of humour. The idea for it came about when a friend acquired a new company car, complete with latest hi-tech gadgetry.

Molly (on the misty moor)
This composition was inspired by a walk (on a particularly foggy day) around Rosedale & Blakey ridge in the wonderful North Yorks moors. Rosedale, though now a peaceful sleepy hamlet, once echoed to the sounds of explosions & rattling railway engines, as men battled to extract iron ore from the valley to feed the hungry blast furnaces of nearby Teesside. This song weaves the story of a doomed love, with the valleys mining heritage, all interlaced with the terrible personal tragedy created by that man-made hell we call World War 1. Written by Angie.

Shuttles Fly
This song imagines the apprehensions of a young man embarking on a new life & career as a millwright, just as the Industrial Revolution begins. As he leaves behind his previously quiet idyllic rural existence, he wonders if he will ever get used to the noise & bustle of “modern” life. Written by Angie

Cover Artwork by Sam Bradburn CD produced by Ron Archer

Thank You for your interest - Angie, Martin and Phil



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