Hand Picked

A Beautiful Concept…
Here’s that rare thing:
A merging of three fine talents, each one complimenting the other to produce music of
vitality, verve and vigour.

Interpreting songs – including several of their own compositions – with emotion, strength
and passion yet, where required, also cleverly crafted and imbued with such sweet delicacy that it has delighted those fortunate enough to have already heard them perform.
Musically bright, always interesting, certainly pleasing, heart-warming and beautiful.

Mic McCreadie

Mic began his singing career in the late Sixties, learning and honing his craft from the many influences that abounded during the big Folk Revival of that time. Advised and encouraged by many of the major artists on the British Folk Club Scene of the 1970s he has enjoyed a long association as a Resident Artist with most of the major Folk Music Clubs in Cornwall, performed regularly at all the major Folk Festivals, including the Main Stage at the world renowned Cambridge Folk Festival! He has also toured in Europe, earning himself a grand reputation as a fine guitarist, singer and performer, song-writer/arranger and interpreter of both traditional and contemporary music. He has fronted several rock and R&B bands: Creepin’ Jane, Sensible Shoes, Big Dick & The Deviants and is now focussing more on acoustic music.

Adrian O’Reilly

It was in the 60s/70s melting pot of the British Folk Blues guitar scene that this highly accomplished guitarist/composer and song-writer developed his own lyrical style. It has taken him to festival concert and club stages around Europe and the UK. Over forty years after they had first met, the great Jazz/Blues/Art Critic/Musician and a major influence on Van Morrison, 90 year old Solly Lipsitz remembered: ‘Adrian and I gave a talk: “Can White Men Play The Blues?” He proved they can. A great player! Where is he these days? Cornwall? Good for him! The guitar has many hidden voices and he continues his lifelong search for them.’

John Martin

Initially on lead electric guitar with Jack Straw – a jazz/rock 6 piece band in the 70s – gigging throughout the UK and Europe with original material, John then became a session musician for a period in London with artists like Tim Harding, Clive Bunker, Rick Lee. Moving to Cornwall in ’78 and developing a career as graphic designer, photographer and lecturer, music is now an important part of John’s creative life, and an enthusiasm for the subtleties of folk, country and blues has rekindled his love of playing 6 strings or acoustic bass.

And – that’s not all:

Mic, Adrian and John may be joined, as and when the opportunity arises, with other talented, indeed you might say Hand Picked, musicians to present an enlarged, broader spectrum of musical offerings!

Available for lunchtimes, mid-afternoon, early evening bookings or at whatever time best suits your venue and occasion!

Now, what could top that?

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