What can we say about Bill McKinnon
that has not already been said by Didcot magistrates.
Bill in one of his best known poses !!
"Bill has pinched and murdered more songs and tunes than would fit
on any charge sheet. When a policeman turned up at Bill's door carrying
a bodhran as evidence,Bill told him kindly to beat it.
We did offer him twenty quid
to play his banjo but luckily the M.U. had offered him fifty not to."
Many of you will already know Bill
of course, as he says he's "been around a bit". You may also
have had dealings with him at the Oxford Branch of The Music Room. Here's
what they have to say about him:
brought to the Music Room nearly 30 years experience and enjoyment of
traditional music, playing semi-pro for many years before "taking
the plunge" professionally some years ago.
One of the many bands Bill has worked with, "Life Of Reilly",
of which he was the front man, was a highlight, with television appearances
and live radio broadcasts. Bill has also performed solo on BBC local
Currently playing with ceilidh band "McKinnon's Malt" among
others, Bill still finds time to visit local folk clubs and run a "session"
in his spare time. Bill plays 5 string banjo, tenor banjo, guitar and
mandolin. He is also a narrowboat and real ale enthusiast.
Here's a shot of Bill, holding his beloved Banjo,
outside The Oxford Music Room with another member of the team( and another
fine performer as it 'appens) John Spiers.
Pop over to
their site it's well worth it.
I'm pleased to have Bill on board for Miskin
at last. Bill is always ready to get a session going and is usually the
last to leave. Enjoy yourself Bill !!
Bill is the guest
at the Newport Folk Club, Thursday 17th April
At the Lyceum
Tavern - just off the M4 Jnct 26