Celtic Music (and Musicians) from Across the Centuries
The seeds of what was to become Head North were sown after a chance encounter at a Highland Wedding. As a consequence, a brace of exiled Scots, Roddy Watt (accordion) and Hamilton Gross (fiddle), met over a dram in Hampshire with Mike Holgate (banjo/mandolin), an Englishman steeped in the Scottish tradition through years of living in the North Isles and Orkney. A lively jamming session ensued and the band was born!
From this unlikely start, Head North were joined by Andrew Rose (guitar) and Rob Sword (piano), who became Musical Director and arranger to take the music to more uncharted territory. Three talented singers then completed the line-up in the form of sibling-duo Rachel and Simon Thomas and Rachel Reed.
With a base in Hampshire but strong roots trailing back 'North Of The Border', Head North is a quirky mixture of old and new (and ageing and youthful!) Our repertoire comprises an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Celtic music. Traditional reels, jigs, marches, airs and songs are given a new twist and are complemented by original compositions as well as some Scandinavian and Transatlantic numbers.
Our early journey has been very exciting and, above all, great fun. From early rehearsals in 2012 crammed into Roddy's sitting room to packed-out gigs on the Hampshire pub circuit (with dancing on tables advised but not compulsory!) to our appearances at Larmer Tree Festival 2013, Limewood's Smoked and Uncut, two sell-out charity gigs and a tour to Courcheval in December 2013- Head North are gaining a loyal and passionate local following and generating whispers further afield.
Head North invigorates the Celtic music tradition with great energy and on-stage charisma, infectious rhythms, ethereal harmonies and innovative arrangements. We hope you will enjoy our music.