singer, musician, and song researcher
I sing traditional songs, accompanying myself on banjo, English concertina and sometimes on a one-row melodeon.
Working as a duo with Anahata who accompanies me on cello, Anglo concertina and a variety of melodeons, I also play keyboards and the occasional banjo in English Rebellion
and keyboards and English concertina in Fendragon and Barley Cote ceilidh bands.
MARY & ANAHATA have now stopped travelling for gigs. We will still do ceilidh work locally (when Covid-19 allows).
My main occupation,apart from singing, playing at music sessions and for ceilidhs, is researching songs and tunes from East Anglia, specialising in Cambridgeshire and its near neighbours. I have written an award-winning book on Cambridgeshire folksongs which you can read about on another page. I also give talks to community groups, folk clubs and festival audiences on songs collected in Cambridgeshire during the last century.
Updated 5 June 2020