Gordon Tyrrall

Singer,guitarist and flute-player, he’s been in various bands (Iona, Dab Hand, Morgan Rattler, Roisin Ban), a few duos (with Dave Townsend, Brian Peters and Maggie Boyle) and in between, a soloist. He went full-time in 1979 – as the news of Mrs Thatcher’s election victory in May that year came through he was driving a battered Ford Transit down an autobahn in Germany in a futile attempt to escape. He’s mainly interested in traditional music but has dabbled on the fringes of songwriting with outlandish projects like his settings of John Clare and my Zen album Mumonkan. He’s also written a book about Whitby Folk Week, called “Around The Blooming Heather”.