Crossing the Tracks gigs in Market Deeping and Donington

The seven-musician line-up in Crossing the Tracks' gigging band.

The seven-musician line-up in Crossing the Tracks' gigging band.

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Crossing the Tracks started life as a recording project to help guitarist David Tucker develop his technical skills in his new home-based studio.

He enlisted my help in recruiting a diverse range of musicians, involving many music genres, 15 people and countless instruments!

The choice of material for the recording was inspired by BBC4’s Transatlantic Sessions, and David and I also took suggestions from the musicians involved, including a number of original songs from within the band.

Having come together for a couple of pre-recording rehearsals, everyone was so excited by the potential of the project it seemed ridiculous not to share the music with the public.

The gigging band comprises seven people drawn from several existing bands: Dave Tucker (guitars, mandolins etc) and Mick Wilson (guitar and lead vocals) from 101 Proof country rock band; Phil Biggs (guitars, mandola, whistles and lead vocals), Kim Biggs (accordion and vocals), Mark Addison (bass) and Ian Tait (drums) all from Akmed’s Camel ceilidh band; and Abbie Ford on lead vocals who has worked with a variety of bands including The Soft Tone Needles and Sounds Force 5.

The album, The Sawtry Sessions Volume 1, will be officially launched at a gig in The Swan, Moulton, on Sunday, January 19 (4pm-7pm). Catch the band on Friday, December 20 at the Iron Horse Ranch House, Market Deeping, and Saturday December 28 at the Black Bull in Donington.

• To book Crossing the Tracks call 07799 594470, email drums@iantait.plus.com, or visit www.facebook.com/crossingthetracks.news