Music - The Solway Band - Folk, acoustic and ceilidh band - Cumbria

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Here are a selection of video and sound recordings of the band. Whilst some of the clips are 'professional' recordings others are simple mobile phone videos, so we apologise for a lower quality but hope they give a feel of what we do.
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From our latest album - Five Don't Go To The Pub
The Cumberland and Westmorland Waltzes
These two local tunes were featured in our first lockdown video which led on to the idea of producing an entire album.

Meet Me On The Corner
This cover of the well known Lindisfarne song was chosen because at the time the lockdown restrictions had been slightly eased such that it was now possible for two people to meet out of doors.

The Green Fields of France
Our tribute to those who have lost their lives in war. A modern folk song written by Eric Bogle, made famous by The Fureys and recorded by countless other artists and often said to be one of the greatest anti-war protest songs ever written.
Lockdown Blues
This song started the whole lockdown recording idea. The lyrics were actually conceived during a rather sleepless night. The song is a parody of the Blues standard 'How Long Blues' and tells of life under lockdown.
From The Haafnetters Album
Solway Tides
A short clip of Terry and Catherine in The Hope and Anchor at Port Carlisle a few years back now. Taken from the documentary film 'The Haafnetters of the Solway'

Solway Tides (Full version)
A more up to date version of this song featuring Steve on vocals and accompanied by band playing a range of different instruments
The Haafnetters
Whoops - a bit political ths one. A protest song which tells the story of the fight against 'the authorities' that want haafnet fishing to be discontinued.
A tune written by Terry Croucher named after a small hamlet near to Bowness on Solway. Originally played with guitar as lead instrument. This version is rather different with a Kerry Songbird D whistle taking the lead, followed by a Dixon Alto A and accompanied by an MK Low D.
From a Ceilidh
Ceilidh Compilation
Song and dance clips from a local Valentine's Dance & Ceilidh
Lucky Seven
A traditional jig danced to the tunes Five Broken Ribs and Blaydon races
Traditional Folk Songs
The Blue Cockade
An acoustic version of a great song which we learned from the Show of Hands version featuring Catherine and Eleanor accompanied by the rest of The Solway Band in The Kings Arms at Bowness.
I'll Tell Me Ma / Star of the County Down
A medley of two traditional Irish songs performed live at Beaumont Parish Hall
Traditional and Dance Tunes
Da Slockit Light
A Scottish slow air written by Tom Anderson in 1969. Originally a fiddle tune, this version has mandolin taking the lead accompanied by bouzouki, guitar and low whistle in the background. The video explains the origins of the tune.

The Kerry Set
A sound only recording of a set of four Irish Polkas - Breeches Full of Stitches, Bill Sullivan's Polka and The Kerry Polkas I & II that we use to accompany the Kerry Set Dance
Contemporary Songs
The Rose
A beautiful classic love song written by Amanda McBroom and made famous by Bette Midler who recorded it for the soundtrack to the film of the same name.
Stormy Monday
Something a little different. We're teamed up with the band Six Hands from Dumfries for this T-Bone Walker blues standard. There was no rehersal for this so we're pretty chuffed with the outcome - Steve's in heaven with his harmonica.
Catherine singing Christine McVie's Songbird by special request at Burgh by Sands Parish Hall
Songbird (2)
An alternative acoustic version of Songbird, this time taken from a live recording at Beaumont Parish Hall
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