On New Years Eve, 2005 I heard that my old friend Tim Cole had started writing songs and was performing them at medieval events I arranged to get together with him to start recording some of his stuff. We started jamming sometime after Imbolc (February) of that year and worked a few things up to perform at the Beltaine feis which is early in May so the tunes were all either medieval or Irish-inspired folk. I was lucky enough to get my brother Ned (of Trespassengers fame) to play fiddle on some of the tunes.
Since we were mostly playing at my house I recorded a lot of the stuff we did so I could give Tim a copy to practice at home or just to review with a critical ear. I soon got the idea to make a CD from the recordings which I would pass out for free at the event. I looked at all the possible CD burning solutions and decided on using a lightscribe drive - the discs just looked so cool with a greyscale image burned into them, and I wouldn't have to do any other artwork - I could just stick them into a clear case.
The artwork (not mine) depicts cattle being driven through the twin fires of Beltaine, an ancient Celtic tradition for the purification of the herd.
We didn't really have a name for the band, so I just came up with something off the cuff which nobody else really liked either. I passed out a bunch of copies of the CDs and they were really well received and I've gotten a lot of "word-fame" in medieval circles from it. Most of the recordings were second or third takes made with a partially working Fostex four track tape machine, in short they sucked - but I'm glad I have these copies of Tim doing his originals just the same.
01 Jack Stewart (I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day) 02 Maryanne 03 Whiskey Down (by Tim Cole about Pennsic) 04 Fhear-a-Bhata 05 All for Me Grog 06 What Will I Think of (by Tim Cole) 07 Ned Berrys Reel 08 Fair Game (by Tim Cole) 09 Dick Darby 10 Lowlands of Holland 11 Shule Agra 12 The Blacksmith 13 FarmersLament (by Tim Cole) 14 Foggy Dew 15 A Bunch of Thyme 16 Reel & Jig