Glass plays regularly in a duo with Jenny. As well as being an
outstanding and versatile guitarist he is an experienced sound
engineer both in the studio (most recently with Dave Shepherd, Cliff
Stapleton, Dave Whetstone and Clive Bunker currently of Poor Mouth
and The Vicky Clayton Band) and working live all over the world as
Jethro Tull's F.O.H. engineer.
Andy spent much of the late 80's
and 90's touring, writing and recording four albums with his own
band Solstice although he still managed to find time to tour as lead
guitarist with the likes of Bill Withers and The Temptations, and
was also signed to R.C.A. America to work as M.D. for various acts.
A relative newcomer to the traditional music scene, Andy has brought
with him a wealth of experience and fresh ideas that are evident
from listening to Toms Fiddle.
A native Glaswegian born to Irish parents Mark
Maguire is quite simply one of the best bodhran players you are
likely to hear. Eight times an All-Irish Drum Champion as well as an
All Irish Bodhran Champion, he is now in great demand as an
adjudicator for such competitions. Mark is constantly pushing the
boundaries of his instrument, combining an innate sensitivity to
traditional material with jazz-tinged syncopations and funky
dancefloor drive, with quite astounding results. He is currently a
member of Scottish band Deaf Shepherd and can be heard on their
third CD which is to be released soon.
The president of the Bagpipe Society and doyen of
the English bagpipe scene, Jon Swayne is enjoying an
illustrious career as a performer, composer and instrument maker. He
has toured extensively with many different bands and is a co-founder
of Blowzabella (with whom he has recorded many albums including
Vanilla and A Richer Dust). In 1992, Jon founded the bagpipe trio
Moebius and in 1998 formed a group of six pipes and percussion who
have made frequent appearances at festivals and on radio, under the
has a long history of playing
in dance bands. He is one of The Duellists with Nigel Eaton and
Cliff Stapleton and has occasionally guested with Chris Wood and
Andy Cutting in the Waltzer. In addition he has worked with Jean
Pierre Rasle (of the Cock and Bull Band), playing on Radio 3 and
appearing on stage at St Chartier Festival and the Purcell Room.
Chris is currently playing with the dynamic English ceilidh band
Stocai. More information can be found on Chris's web site
Kathleen Newman has dedicated her life to
working with handicapped and disadvantaged children, and music has
played a big part in her work. Her musical activities have been wide
and varied - ranging from church organist to tabla playing and
recently honing her music therapy skills at Dartington College.
Jenny is thrilled to have her mum play on the final track of the CD.
'Track listing for 'Red Moon'
- The Paps of Glencoe
- Hand Jigs
- Spirits of Wine
- Johnny Cope
- African Reels
- Lady Muck
- Sergeant Early's Dream
- Peter's Song
- Blue Lips
- Coming Home
Red Moon' (GHCD 004) is the title of 3sticks long awaited second album and contains 13 tracks, a combination of traditional and more contemporary tunes, each given that special 3sticks treatment.
'Versatile fiddle Jenny Newman, guitarist Andy Glass and
drummer Pete Hemsley strut their stuff on a collection of tunes
with cohesively integrated influences & rhythms ranging from folk to
jazz, military and samba. Dynamic, passionate and full-bloodies,
this is an impressive and genuinely refreshing release.'
'Every now and then a CD drops through the door for review which proves
to be a breath of fresh air - and this is just one such. For a start it
wasn’t obvious if it was 3sticks by red moon or the other way round !
Luckily a useful press release cleared this up, with more info on their
I’d heard of Jenny Newman through her work with Rock Salt and Nails.
Her fiddle playing is a joy to listen to - totally
uncluttered and honest, showing an excellent range and ability, whilst
sympathetic to the material she is playing. She is quite a prolific
writer, but there is a balanced mix of her material and more traditional
tracks on ‘Red Moon’.
Andy Glass is
a stunning guitarist - listen to ‘Jazz’ co-written with
drummer/percussionist Pete Hemsley - who is able to provide sympathetic
support on one track before taking over lead on the next. Incidentally
one of his claims to fame is to have provided lead guitar to the likes
of Bill withers, The Temptations and Geno Washington.
The line up is completed by drummer/percussionist
Pete Hemsley. Again he is much in demand and it is clear to see why.
Mostly happy to be in the background, he is allowed to come to the
front - I like his solo on ‘African Reels’.
excellent musicians come together in 3Sticks. Red Moon is a smashing
album full of good honest music.
There’s none of this ‘look how clever we are’ which in my opinion spoils
some more modern CDs. This is totally honest in its message and deserves
plenty of exposure.
Thanks Pete, Jenny and Andy. I have really
enjoyed this - hopefully others will also.'
Review from fROOTS - Jan / Feb 2005
The Living Tradition
'This CD is a fine example of 'the whole exceeding the sum of the
parts'. The individual musicians display a nicely judged, restrained
stylistic sense - elegant and passionate at the same time - but it's the
ensemble as a whole - the sense of musical communication and closeness -
that demonstrates the true genius of the band. Everything fits, and fits
beautifully: rhythms are tight, harmonies secure, and there's a tonal
clarity that, at times, is quite spine-tingling.
Overall a beautiful album, and an essential for any good collection.
Extract from a review by Jill Fisher - Fiddleon Magazine
'Here we have an exciting and varied album from Jenny Newman on
fiddle/viola, Andy Glass on guitars/bouzouki and Pete Hemsley on
percussion, collectively known as
3sticks. All three are
experienced musicians particularly Jenny who teaches fiddle in the Milton
Keynes area and Andy who teaches guitar and accompaniment also around
Milton Keynes. So you can expect this CD to be good - and good it is.
There are thirteen tracks on the album, some written by the band members,
some are traditional including the fabulous 'Mouth of the
Tobique' , others are written by other contemporary composers such as Jon
Swayne's 'Motorway Mazurka' - a terrible title for such a beautiful tune.
There are lilting hornpipes, exciting jigs and reels, along with some slow
and haunting tunes. There's even an out-and-out jazz piece that slips
effortlessly into the classic Irish jig 'The Geese in the Bog'.
But the thing that makes this album so enjoyable for me, are the fabulous
rhythms and interesting arrangements that back Jenny's sweet sounding
fiddle playing. This album shows
3sticks off as a tight, skilful and imaginative band.
This is not your average fiddle album, this is and exciting varied and
hugely enjoyable recording.
Look out for this one.'
Jed Mugford - Shire Folk
'I first became aware of 3sticks when there was some controversy on
a certain website as to whether they were a dance band or not. The jury
might still be out on that one, but on the evidence of these sets they're
damn fine musicians and I'm sure they could be if they choose.
Red Moon features a mixture of both traditionally arranged and self-penned
sets, mostly celtic or celtic inspired. I'm never sure which camp
French-Canadian falls into, but on the evidence of a storming Caribou Reel
/ Mouth of the Tobuique, I don't really care.
What struck me most about this CD was the tasteful percussion; essential
when the two other components are guitar and fiddle. Both full kit and
hand held are used to tremendous effect. The guitar playing edges towards
the jazzy end of the spectrum; lots of numbers after the chords I
suspect...9, 7, 13 aug... you know the sort of thing. And way up the dusty
end. The fiddle playing is excellent. (I think they might have once been
called 'Jenny's Chicken's', but a glance at the website should tell you
all you need to know on that score.)
Favourite tracks are the aforementioned French Canadian set, a storming
Johnny Cope, and Bruckless Shore / McSweeneys, paired as Hand Jigs due to
Pete the drummer playing the drum kit with his hands. (On first glancing
at the booklet notes I misread that as Arthur Daly's.. there's a name for
a tune!) There's also John Swayne's Motorway Mazurka played as a waltz,
and very neatly played too.'
Shreds and Patches
Your music is WONDERFUL! Each CD better than
the last. You and
3sticks are incredibly
As for me I'm a fourth generation American. Perhaps there is a little
genetics in why I find your music so compelling, but I think the larger
part is your industry and talent.
thanks you so much for bringing a little piece of heaven into my life!'
Your biggest U.S. Fan - R Mc
Crossing Currents (GHCD 003) is a collection of traditional tunes , some of which are very familiar, others being more unusual tunes drawn from the Donegal Tradition, France and beyond. It is in the setting and arrangement of the tunes that 3sticks
It is hard to put a finger on what makes this band so different and so good. After listening to Crossing Currents one cannot fail to be impressed by the range of musical styles with which 3sticks
demonstrate technical excellence, rhythmic interest and harmonic subtleties, yet the overall impression we are left with is that of sheer joy and a love of the music they are making."Some truly beautiful fiddle playing with a class line in support from Andy and Pete, I'd say this draws on a broader sphere of influence which might make it accessible to a wider audience"
- (Fiddle on Magazine) More Reviews.
Track Listing from 3sticks' debut CD ' Crossing Currents'.
- Welcome Home Grannie (March/Jig/Reel) Sample (299Kb)
- Paddy Huidais/Frank Cassidy's (Jigs) Sample (295Kb)
- Montagnade/Bouree d'Aumont (Bourees)Sample (295Kb)
- Jackson's/Devils Dream/Farewell To Milltown (Reels) Sample (298Kb)
- Stony Field (Slow Reel) Sample (295Kb)
- St. Patrick's Day (Slow Air) Sample (205Kb)
- Untitled/The Cat That Kittled in Jamie's Wig (Highlands) Sample (295Kb)
- The Plane Tree/The Hop Break (Jigs) Sample (385Kb)
- The Butterfly/Reel Beatrice (Slip Jig & Reel) Sample (289Kb)
- Lads of Laois/Jenny's Chickens (Reels) Sample (343Kb)
- Midnight On The Water (Waltz) Sample (213Kb)
All tracks Traditional Arr. 3sticks except
- St Patrick's Day (Glass arr. Glass)
- The Plane Tree/The Hop Break (Undine Hornby, arr. 3sticks)
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