Bookends are Peter Parlane from Alexandria and Maureen McNeil from Greenock. They have been singing together for a number of years at folk festivals and folk clubs in Scotland and the North of England. The name bookends they chose and used for the first time at Coldstream "Border Gaithering" Open stage 2012. They really enjoy taking part in sessions and love hearing new potheyrful songs that they can add to their now growing collection. They sing a range of songs from all over the UK - songs both old and new. What makes Bookends unique is that they sing unaccompanied and in unison, they like to let their songs speak for themselves without hindrance or embellishment. Let them tell their own story!
Their influences are and inspiration come from people such as Dougie McLean, Silly Wizard, Ken Campbell, Brynn Philips, Dave Francey and Etheyn Carruthers amongst others. They like to think that they add their own special touch to the arrangements. Their main Criteria is that the songs they sing must touch their soul and they hope touch yours. They regard all of their songs as best friends - each with a story to tell, sometimes sad, sometimes nostalgic but also friends who are inspirational and joyous. In the past few years they have been taking part in Open Stages, Competitions and putting themselves forward for festivals - this year they took part in the new Tayport Folk Festival in April performing in the Harbtheir Café and in July they performed at the wonderful "Folk On The Lawn" festival at Tintern Abbey Mill, South Wales. They must have done something right, they have invited them back next year.
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