a 5 piece band playing hard driving Bluegrass and American
Old-Time music with an emphasis on strong vocal harmonies.
The band was
formed in 2010 and the current line up is:
||5 string Banjo (Mick is an experienced
musician who plays a left handed Gibson Mastertone
||Double Bass and Vocals (Lindsey has been Singing
and playing the Bass for 8 years and as well as
her Bluegrass activities is also a Professional
||Guitar and Vocals ( Richard is an experienced
Bluegrass Guitarist and Singer who . has also played
with the Bluegrass band ‘Steamboat’
||Mandolin and Vocals ( Pete is an experienced gigging
musician who has played and . recorded in other
genres including Rock, Celtic and Jazz ).
||Fiddle (Tim is an experienced Fiddle player in
the American Old-Time tradition who has recently
added Bluegrass to his Bow)
We are available
for Clubs, Functions and Festivals.
(phone Pete Minkey on 01425 489376 for details).
band was formed in late 2009 as a result of a number
of informal jam sessions playing American Old-Time and
Bluegrass music. The Founder members were lifelong Bluegrass
singer/guitarist Richard Thrift, Bluegrass Banjo player
Charlie Cole, Mandolin player and singer Pete Minkey
and his partner and Charlie's sister Lindsey Cole who
sings and plays Double Bass. Not long after deciding
to form a band to play the music they all loved, Weymouth
based Bluegrass Fiddle player Nigel Canter was asked
to join and duly accepted.
has derived from the music carried across from Britain
and Ireland by settlers into the old colonies around
the Appalachian Mountains, principally Virginia, North
Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. This old mountain
music was also infused with Gospel and the Blues from
Black musicians and Church choirs and the songs have
a multitude of themes ranging from Religion, Death,
Love, Moonshine, Railways, Convicts, The American Civil
War, and the generally Harsh Life of the early American
Pioneers. There is also a huge instrumental tradition
of Fiddle and Banjo tunes used for both dance music
and for listening entertainment.
In the 1940's
all of these influences were pulled together by Singer
and Mandolin player Bill Monroe from Kentucky who along
with legendary Banjo player Earl Scruggs and Guitarist/Singer
Lester Flatt formed 'The Bluegrass Boys' who went on
to lay the foundations of this new genre of music. This
music typically uses fast tempo's and instrumental improvisation
along with 3 part harmony singing.
The Current line-up
of The BOW-LEGGED SKEETER has seen the replacement of
Richard Thrift with Guitar flat picker and Singer Richard
Filleul who like the other original members is dedicated
to replicating and performing this enchanting and unique
style of music.
the band has played and is booked for Clubs, Concerts
and Festivals across Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Kent,
Suffolk, Wiltshire and Cornwall.
|| Pete Minkey
||Telephone: 01425 489376
|| Web: www.thebowleggedskeeter.co.uk