Highly Strung

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Across the Great Divide

Adieu False Heart

Alone With My Thoughts

Connies Song

Going to the West

Here In California

Hood River Rolls On

I'll Fall on my Knees
November Rain

Ribbon of Life



Take me in Your Lifeboat

The Sky

Twilight is Falling

Highly Strung

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A profile of Highly Strung:

John Les

John began playing banjo in 1962, and started several Folk Clubs in North Wales including Rhyl Folk Club, and ran a folk club in the 'Groes Hotel' in the Conwy valley with his band 'The Harvesters'. John also began the Llandudno Folk Club. He had a short break from music until he was rescued from retirement by Gill who was looking for an instrumentalist to back her singing.

John is a consummate instrumentalist playing anything with strings including banjo, guitar, mandolin, mandocello, autoharp, Appalachian lap dulcimer and fiddle. His first passion is Old time songs and tunes, Bluegrass music and Folk.
John draws his influences from a wide sphere form Ewan McColl, Pete Seeger to current musicual luminaries Jodie Stecher and Tony Ellis and the wealth of Appalachian tradition that is Old Time Music.
Gill Williams

Gill has a deserved reputation for her beautiful singing voice. Gill had been a mainstay of the Liverpool University Folk Club in the 'Augustus John' pub.

She already had an enormous repertoire of folk songs from singers such as Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.

Then Gill was introduced to the wealth of Old Time music and Bluegrass ballads by John. She accompanied the singing by playing a 12 string guitar, then later a 6 string guitar.

Her current influences include Alison Krauss, Stecher and Brislin, the Carter family and Iris DeMent to name but a few.
North Wales Bluegrass Festival

Gill & John organise and run this Festival - now in it's 18th Year. It takes place the first full week end in July on the coast in the beautiful walled mediaeval town of Conwy.

Previous years have seen United States bands such as Bluegrass Etc., the Schankman Twins, Debbie McLatchy, Sara Grey, Reno Harrell Band, The Dave Verny Band featuring Tony Ellis, Jones and Leva.

From Europe, Czech bands Zop and Relief have been welcome visitors, as well as 4WheelDrive from the Netherlands.

The cream of British Bluegrass beat a path to Conwy every year; The Down County Boys, The Acme Band, The Runaway String, A Band Like Alice, Baker's Fabulous Boys, Monroe's Revenge, Johnnie Plank and The Planktones, Rainy City Boys, New Essex Bluegrass, and Middleton Bluegrass, among many, many more.
Links to many of these bands can be found on the festival web site.
On Tour

Highly Strung travel to festivals all over the country singing and playing and giving workshops on banjo and guitar. Whilst in Edinburgh with Tony Ellis with his band Musicians of Braeburn (from the United States) Highly Strung were invited to tour in America.

Starting in Ohio Highly Strung covered 1,500 miles through North Carolina and Tennessee, with performances in Columbus Hall, Ohio, Balsam Mountain Inn, Tennessee, with the Singer / Songwriter's Guild of Nashville.

They were also privileged to meet and sing to John Hartford, who showed them his customised 'Deering' banjo collection at his home, in Nashville.

The tour was the final spur to the completion of their long awaited CD 'No Strings Attached' - a few copies are still available!

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