A look back at recordings I made over my career.
Part 10. THE BROKEN PLEDGE by Lucy Castle cassette Steel Carpet Music MATS004 1990
Lucy Castle, fiddle and viola;
Pete Castle, guitar and vocals; Andy Tween, percussion
This was a good one. Lucy was 20. She had been at Chethams School of Music in Manchester and was now at City University in London, studying music. We had played together ever since she started on the violin aged 7. She did floor spots at clubs we ran and came with me to gigs from about 15. At that age she was better than most other fiddle players around the clubs. It was whilst at City University in that she met and fell in love with the East European fiddle music which was to have such a big affect on all our lives a few years later.
The music on this album though, was a bit of everything—English, Irish, French, Romanian... Playford, Morris… It shows her versatility and musicality but the depth and knowledge—authenticity, weren’t quite there yet… but it came soon after in Maramures! We put one song on it as well to show her accompanist skills.
Old Mother Oxford/Argeers, French Waltz, Doina Moldavenesca
Manchester Hornpipe/Sheffield Hornpipe, The Rover Reformed/Fine Companion, Cind Eram in Vremea Mea
Bonny Kate and Bonny Ann, The Breach of Killicranky
The Broken Pledge/The Gun in the
Thatch/Jenny’s Welcome to Charlie
Cut the File, Si Bhean Locha Lein, Mrs McLeod’s Reel/The Masons Apron
Lontzia, Ten Penny Bit/Elsie Marley, Handsome Molly (song)