Profile: The House Band
The House Band is a three-member British band, playing music derived from
all the celtic lands, England and further afield.
- Ged Foley - vocals, guitar, northumbrian pipes
- From County Durham in England, Ged grew up in the regions strong mix of
English and celtic folk music, and learned the local Northumbrian pipes
(a quiet, bellows-blown instrument, similar to the Irish uilleann pipes).
He started on the folk scene touring with Jez Lowe before joining the
Battlefield Band for several years and then founding the House Band with
Chris Parkinson. His singing repretoire includes traditional English
songs and adaptations from modern songsters (Richard Thompson, Elvis
Costello, to name two).
- Chris Parkinson - accordion, harmonica, melodeon, keyboards
- The rich sound of Chris' melodeon and accordion playing is the core of
the band. He has spent time as a session musician and prior to co-
founding the House band was a member of the English folk group, Yorkshire
- John Skelton - flute, bombarde, whistle, bodhran
- John came to the House Band in 1986, after the first album, from a
background in Irish music. He played for six years in Shegui, with John
Coakley (Boys of the Lough) and Sean Keane (Arcady), where he picked up
Breton influences and the Bombarde. He's also known as the joker of the
band, taking care of the patter between songs in concert.
- Roger Wilson
- The newest member of the band, on guitar, fiddle and vocals.
The House Band Topic 12TS439
Pacific Topic 12TS445
Groundwork Green Linnet 1132
Word of Mouth Topic 12TS451 Green Linnet 3045
Stonetown Harbourtown HAR019 Green Linnet 3060
Rockall ??? Green Linnet
Another Setting? Green Linnet
Groundwork is a compilation of tracks from the first two albums.
Stonetown won the British Music Retailers Assocation 'Best Folk Album'
award. The first three albums are on LP only (the others are CD/cassette)
and may be out of print.
sells most of their albums online.
Ged Foley / Battlefield Band:
Home is where the van is Flying Fish 250
There's a buzz Temple 10, 2007
The story so far Flying Fish 274
Ged Foley with Mark Richards, Sandol Astrausky
Rock in the Mountain Barking Dog BD792
Parky Tees Beat PMC313
Out of his Tree Pan Records PAN147
John Skelton, with Ged Foley and Chris Parkinson
One at a time Pan Records, PAN146
- Review of
the album Rockall by Dan Beimborn in celticmusic.com, Jan '97.
Copyright (c) 1994-97, Ceolas.
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