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3sticks are

  • Jenny Newman - fiddle
  • Andy Glass - guitar, bouzouki & bass pedals
  • Pete Hemsley - drums, percussion

"Traditional Irish Fiddling at its best with some awesome contemporary backing."
(For full review see www.folkworld.de)

The Year 2000 saw the release of Jenny Newman's highly acclaimed debut CD Toms Fiddle which had considerable airplay and enthusiastic reviews in all the major glossies "47 minutes of exquisite music - truly beautiful fiddle playing." (For full reviews and information see the Reviews page).

Now in 2002 Jenny has joined forces with two outstanding musicians from the world of contemporary music, Andy Glass and Pete Hemsley, to create 3sticks - a refreshingly new dynamic outfit who are sure to take the traditional music scene and festival circuit by storm. 

Equally comfortable playing for Ceilidhs or on the concert stage, 3sticks have a big funky sound yet they manage to retain the beauty and integrity of the traditional tunes which form the basis of most of their material . To hear 3sticks whether live or on this new CD, provides moments of intimacy and an irresistible urge to dance.

3sticks can be booked via this website. They can provide a range of suitable music for your function - from mellow background music to a full Ceilidh or Barn dance with a caller suited to your needs. Recent bookings include Weddings (both services and receptions) corporate functions, Birthday parties, village Do's, Fundraising events and even a couple of Funerals!

The  large number of letters from satisfied clients that the band  receive speaks for itself - the following are typical
" ...a huge thank you for providing the boys and girls (13 -  18year olds) at our School of Music with a truly great experience. I don't think many of them  had ever been to a Barn Dance before and found the whole thing enormous fun and very exhilarating. Our violinists were stunned by your playing as indeed was I." (YAMAHA/CLASSIC FM SCHOOL OF MUSIC)

"A Big Big Thank you . You were absolutely amazing , we keep trying to find another occasion to use you again. You were everything we had imagined and more. You are truly gifted musicians. I had been so together all morning , until I walked in and heard you playing....
Thank you for helping to make our day so perfect! We wish you every success, and most certainly wouldn't hesitate in recommending you.'' ( HAPPY NEWLY WEDS!)

All three members of 3sticks are currently in great demand as experienced and inspiring teachers and workshop leaders both individually and collectively.


Jenny Newman "Jenny Newman has been described as an 'inspired, uncluttered player whose depth and maturity of style is remarkable for her years'. I can't improve on this most appropriate description. Much of her repertoire is self penned, many of her tunes now appear at sessions around the country, a richly deserved compliment. Jenny's interests and musical influences are many and varied. Long association with some of the finest Irish musicians including James Byrne and the legendary Bobby Casey, touring with Rock Salt And Nails and the rock band Solstice and performances with artists as diverse as Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Jenny has a long history of playing for dances of all styles ranging from Playford to Appalachian (with Hot Taps ) to swedish polska workshops with Kerry Fletcher..........'Toms Fiddle' GHCD001 is an exciting album with Jenny's fiddle outstanding. Definitely one to watch."
(Living Tradition - Jan 2002)

Andy Glass As well as being an outstanding and versatile guitarist Andy Glass is an experienced sound engineer, writer and producer. (Most recently working with Vicky Clayton, Dave Whetstone, Dave Shepherd, Cliff Stapleton and Clive Bunker, currently of Poormouth.) He has worked live all over the world as Front of House engineer for Jethro Tull. Andy spent much of the late 80s and 90s touring, writing recording four albums with his own band Solstice although he still managed to find time to tour as lead guitarist with the likes of Bill Withers and The Temptations, and was also signed to RCA America working as Musical Director for various acts. (It was in Solstice that Jenny and Andy first played together and after supporting Fairport Convention in Germany they played their last gig as Solstice at the Cropredy festival in 1998.)


Pete Hemsley  Pete Hemsley has played with such icons as Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, and has toured world wide with virtuoso guitarist Slava Gregorian. During his recent time in Australia Pete received music industry awards for his many achievements as a producer and remixer and for the success of his project "The Lord's Garden" on Sony Records. Examples of his work are frequently heard on both C.D. and film/ T.V.



Jenny's Chickens


3sticks was formerly known as Jenny's Chickens (Not quite sure why the name of the band had to change - something to do with the boys complaining about itchy feathers in uncomfortable places and the yellow rubber feet being difficult to control on stage). Some people still prefer to book us under the former name.


Red Moon - 3sticksRed Moon

'Track listing for 'Red Moon'

  1. The Paps of Glencoe
  2. Hand Jigs
  3. Spirits of Wine
  4. Johnny Cope
  5. Jazz
  6. Red Moon
  7. African Reels
  8. Lady Muck
  9. Sergeant Early's Dream
  10. Motorway Mazurka
  11. Peter's Song
  12. Blue Lips
  13. Coming Home

Red Moon' (GHCD 004) is the title of 3sticks long awaited second album and contains 13 tracks, a combination of traditional and more contemporary tunes, each given that special 3sticks treatment.

'Versatile fiddle Jenny Newman, guitarist Andy Glass and drummer Pete Hemsley strut their stuff on a collection of tunes with cohesively integrated influences & rhythms ranging from folk to jazz, military and samba. Dynamic, passionate and full-bloodies, this is an impressive and genuinely refreshing release.'
Review from fROOTS - Jan / Feb 2005
 

'Every now and then a CD drops through the door for review which proves to be a breath of fresh air - and this is just one such. For a start it wasn’t obvious if it was 3sticks by red moon or the other way round ! Luckily a useful press release cleared this up, with more info on their web site.
I’d heard of Jenny Newman through her work with Rock Salt and Nails. Her fiddle playing is a joy to listen to - totally uncluttered and honest, showing an excellent range and ability, whilst sympathetic to the material she is playing. She is quite a prolific writer, but there is a balanced mix of her material and more traditional tracks on ‘Red Moon’.
Andy Glass is a stunning guitarist - listen to ‘Jazz’ co-written with drummer/percussionist Pete Hemsley - who is able to provide sympathetic support on one track before taking over lead on the next. Incidentally one of his claims to fame is to have  provided lead guitar to the likes of Bill withers, The Temptations and Geno Washington.
The line up is completed by drummer/percussionist Pete Hemsley. Again he is much in demand and it is clear to see why. Mostly happy to be in the background, he is allowed  to come to the front  - I like his solo on ‘African Reels’.
Three excellent musicians come together in 3Sticks. Red Moon is a smashing album full of good honest music. There’s none of this ‘look how clever we are’ which in my opinion spoils some more modern CDs. This is totally honest in its message and deserves plenty of exposure.
Thanks Pete, Jenny and Andy. I have really enjoyed this - hopefully others will also.'
The Living Tradition

'This CD is a fine example of 'the whole exceeding the sum of the parts'. The individual musicians display a nicely judged, restrained stylistic sense - elegant and passionate at the same time - but it's the ensemble as a whole - the sense of musical communication and closeness - that demonstrates the true genius of the band. Everything fits, and fits beautifully: rhythms are tight, harmonies secure, and there's a tonal clarity that, at times, is quite spine-tingling. 
Overall a beautiful album, and an essential for any good collection. Extract from a review by Jill Fisher - Fiddleon Magazine

'Here we have an exciting and varied album from Jenny Newman on fiddle/viola, Andy Glass on guitars/bouzouki and Pete Hemsley on percussion, collectively known as 3sticks. All three are experienced musicians particularly Jenny who teaches fiddle in the Milton Keynes area and Andy who teaches guitar and accompaniment also around Milton Keynes. So you can expect this CD to be good - and good it is. There are thirteen tracks on the album, some written by the band members, some are traditional including the fabulous 'Mouth of the Tobique' , others are written by other contemporary composers such as Jon Swayne's 'Motorway Mazurka' - a terrible title for such a beautiful tune. There are lilting hornpipes, exciting jigs and reels, along with some slow and haunting tunes. There's even an out-and-out jazz piece that slips effortlessly into the classic Irish jig 'The Geese in the Bog'.
But the thing that makes this album so enjoyable for me, are the fabulous rhythms and interesting arrangements that back Jenny's sweet sounding fiddle playing. This album shows 3sticks off as a tight, skilful and imaginative band.
This is not your average fiddle album, this is and exciting varied and hugely enjoyable recording.
Look out for this one.'
Jed Mugford - Shire Folk  

'I first became aware of 3sticks when there was some controversy on a certain website as to whether they were a dance band or not. The jury might still be out on that one, but on the evidence of these sets they're damn fine musicians and I'm sure they could be if they choose.
Red Moon features a mixture of both traditionally arranged and self-penned sets, mostly celtic or celtic inspired. I'm never sure which camp French-Canadian falls into, but on the evidence of a storming Caribou Reel / Mouth of the Tobuique, I don't really care.
What struck me most about this CD was the tasteful percussion; essential when the two other components are guitar and fiddle. Both full kit and hand held are used to tremendous effect. The guitar playing edges towards the jazzy end of the spectrum; lots of numbers after the chords I suspect...9, 7, 13 aug... you know the sort of thing. And way up the dusty end. The fiddle playing is excellent. (I think they might have once been called 'Jenny's Chicken's', but a glance at the website should tell you all you need to know on that score.)
Favourite tracks are the aforementioned French Canadian set, a storming Johnny Cope, and Bruckless Shore / McSweeneys, paired as Hand Jigs due to Pete the drummer playing the drum kit with his hands. (On first glancing at the booklet notes I misread that as Arthur Daly's.. there's a name for a tune!) There's also John Swayne's Motorway Mazurka played as a waltz, and very neatly played too.'
 Shreds and Patches  

Your music is WONDERFUL! Each CD better than the last. You and 3sticks are incredibly talented artists.
As for me I'm a fourth generation American. Perhaps there is a little genetics in why I find your music so compelling, but I think the larger part is your industry and talent.
thanks you so much for bringing a little piece of heaven into my life!'
Your biggest U.S. Fan - R Mc


 


 

Crossing CurrentsCrossing Currents - 3sticks


Crossing Currents (GHCD 003) is a collection of traditional tunes , some of which are very familiar, others being more unusual tunes drawn from the Donegal Tradition, France and beyond. It is in the setting and arrangement of the tunes that 3sticks excel themselves.
It is hard to put a finger on what makes this band so different and so good. After listening to Crossing Currents one cannot fail to be impressed by the range of musical styles with which 3sticks demonstrate technical excellence, rhythmic interest and harmonic subtleties, yet the overall impression we are left with is that of sheer joy and a love of the music they are making.

Track Listing from 3sticks' debut CD ' Crossing Currents'.

  1. Welcome Home Grannie (March/Jig/Reel)
  2. Paddy Huidais/Frank Cassidy's (Jigs)
  3. Montagnade/Bouree d'Aumont (Bourees)
  4. Jackson's/Devils Dream/Farewell To Milltown (Reels)
  5. Stony Field (Slow Reel)
  6. St. Patrick's Day (Slow Air)
  7. Untitled/The Cat That Kittled in Jamie's Wig (Highlands)
  8. The Plane Tree/The Hop Break (Jigs)
  9. The Butterfly/Reel Beatrice (Slip Jig & Reel)
  10. Lads of Laois/Jenny's Chickens (Reels)
  11. Midnight On The Water (Waltz)

All tracks Traditional Arr. 3sticks except
- St Patrick's Day (Glass arr. Glass)
- The Plane Tree/The Hop Break (Undine Hornby, arr. 3sticks)

Samples of all tracks can be downloaded by going here.



This CD can be ordered now for £12 (Including UK Post and packing).

For overseas & or Credit card orders please contact Rocking Chair Mail order and distribution

 

© 2002 Jenny Newman