Pratie Heads: More or less traditional music of the British Isles
St Patrick's Day Concert Saturday March 17, 2019
Bob Vasile and Jane Peppler, as the Pratie Heads, are sometimes performing as a duo but more often presenting their Irish and Scottish (and English and American) music with Jack Herrick of the Red Clay Ramblers, as "Duck Duck Goose." Call 919-606-2122 for more information.
at Shadowbox Studios, 900 East Club, Unit 2200D, Durham NC
4:00-5:30 pm, tickets $5 at the door
or in advance via Paypal (click here)
Review of our concert for the Triangle Guitar Society, February 2019:
Their repertoire: "More or Less Traditional Music of the British Isles and beyond." They were long-time members of the Touring Artists Program of the North Carolina Arts Council.
Steve Winick wrote in Dirty Linen Magazine:
"The Pratie Heads were their state's premiere performers of British Isles traditional music ... they have made some of the best Celtic, English, and early American folk music available in recorded form. They have picked beautiful, uncommon songs to play, have thoroughly researched tunes and texts to produce the best possible versions, and have lovingly and impeccably arranged them. And still it emerges as spontaneous, joyful music - it's a rare gift they have. ... Peppler's voice is a clear soprano wonder with a feeling of intense but controlled wildness that she may owe to her training in Slavic and Balkan singing ... as amazing on fiddle as she is singing, [with] great tone on the slower tunes and real speed on the quick ones. My suggestion is to buy a copy of each tape, and then make a dub of each. Put the originals away in a cool, dark place and play the dubs. That way, when you've worn out your copies, you can repeat the process without having to pay for more tapes. Don't say I didn't warn you."
Thanks for a fantastic performance.
Bob (and Jane),
I was hoping to see you at our favorite breakfast haunt so I could
thank you in person but now I don't want to delay sending you and Jane
my sincere thanks for a fabulous performance for our annual Triangle
Guitar Society holiday salon recital.
We've always enjoyed your many performances for us in the past
mostly in a solo format but with Jane Peppler as your duo partner I
believe you have a fantastic synergy of talents and a fine ensemble
that's as expressive as it is flawless. With your your fantastic
originals and your special unique arrangements there's no limit to your
I have heard many compliments from our TGS folks how blown away they
were to find that Jane sang perfectly in Spanish and with a seductive
charm as well. Starting off with the eastern European sounding piece
Daichovo Horo was a smash hit. It was great to hear the duo version of
Boutros the Cat. And Bagira's walk owes a lot to Dadfad in Bagdad and
you know I love that special style. Perhaps this piece should be our
next transcription project.
And I especially love your new murder ballads and yes you're a great
singer too. Lord Franklin is so tender and sweet that on first hearing I
already feel nostalgic. And I think your next album after the
murdererous ballades should be entirely devoted to your own compositions
as they are always my favorite pieces when I hear you play.
Already we are planning to get you guys back in one of our public
concerts soon. With the gypsy seduction of Jane's playing and singing
and your special exciting style of guitar and bouzouki and fantastic
tender singing your duo deserves to be heard far and wide and I
congratulate you both on achieving such a fine accomplished ensemble.
President, Triangle Guitar Society
Lecturer/Instructor of Guitar, Duke University
"You don't look famous, but you sound famous." (Comment from audience member buying our cd! Heh heh.)
Hear harmony vocals on ballads, songs and snatches (and dreamy lullabies); beautiful airs, strathspeys, jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, and music of indescribable tempo on guitar, bouzouki, concertina, violin, and viola...
Contact Jane Peppler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Bob Vasile: email@example.com