Piers Haslam

Piers HaslamEast Dulwich resident and guitarist-singer Piers Haslam has been going to folk festivals since he was small. His songs reflect a love of both traditional folk and popular music of the last century.

We first came across Piers when he started coming to Goose Singarounds, and then progressing to floorspots. We have seen him blossoming over the last few years, and growing in confidence and guitar skills (not that he was shy or poor at the guitar to start with!)

Piers’s big influences include greats such as Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Alasdair Roberts and Nick Harper, as well as lesser-known folk artists such as Jon Raven and Frank Purslow.

In addition to playing the guitar, Piers tries his hand at mandolin, piano and melodeon. He also helps out at ‘the headquarters of folk’, Cecil Sharp House, and enjoys spending all day in the library there, digging out obscure songs and tunes from the past.

We can’t help but notice that these obscure songs usually seem to be somewhat bawdy, Piers ……

We were delighted to give Piers a rather bigger audience than the Goose Singarounds when he supported Ewan McLennan at The Ivy House, and he has subsequently supported John Kirkpatrick and (at short notice when a support act blew us out) Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick.

We look forward to seeing him go from strength to strength in the future!

Piers now also performs as his alter ego Long Pike Hollow …..

Listen to some of Piers Haslam’s music on SoundCloud!

Click here to go to Piers’ Facebook page!

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