Here’s a selection of audio samples of Bob Bickerton’s recordings, made in his professional recording studio in Nelson, New Zealand.
The Close Shave
The Close Shave/Strike The Gay Harp Words and Music Bob Bickerton/Traditional, Arranged Bob Bickerton. Guest musicians: Liz Merton – Fiddle, Pete Rainey – Viola and Backing Vocals There are many songs in the tradition about the sailor being waylaid by a beautiful young woman. Here’s a New Zealand version of the song set in the gold mining era of the late nineteenth century. This song is being widely sung by Irish troubadour extraordinaire Andy Irvine.
After The Hunt
Music Bob Bickerton. A three part slow reel inspired by the Foxhunt suite.
Bonny Harvest Moon
Words John Barr, Music Bob Bickerton, Arranged Bob Bickerton. Guest musicians: Pete Rainey – Viola, Backing Vocals, Tom Rainey – Acoustic Bass and Keyboards. Scottish immigrant John Barr published his book of songs and poetry in Otago in 1860, a very early publication date in New Zealand terms. Bonny Harvest Moon is a celebration of peace and the land.
Mo Rún is Mo Ghrá Geal Rua
Music Bob Bickerton. ‘My red-haired loved one’. A harp tune dedicated to my wife Evey McAuliffe
Embers Of The Cross/The Tea And Biscuits Reel
Music Bob Bickerton. Two tunes dedicated to the Gaelic Society Of New Zealand which had it’s final meeting (after 125 years) in Dunedin in May 2006.
Music Bob Bickerton, Arranged Bob Bickerton. Guest musicians: Tom Rainey – Acoustic Bass, Kate Sherwood – Cello When good friends Marcelle and Linus Turner asked me to play harp at their wedding I was moved to write a tune especially for the occasion.
The Likes Of Us
Here's a short compilation from Bob's 'Likes Of Us' album.
Here's a short compilation for Bob's 'Island Mist' album.
More coming soon……………………