Bachelor´s Gate Story

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LPUK1981Airship AP 213
S1T1Step It Out MaryTrad. Arr. Bachelor´s Gate
S1T2Adieu Sweet Lovely NancyTrad. Arr. Bachelor´s Gate
S1T3Blow The Candle OutTrad. Arr. Bachelor´s Gate
S1T4A Trip To Durrow / The High ReelTrad. Arr. Bachelor´s Gate
S1T5The CuckooTrad. Arr. Bachelor´s Gate
S2T1The Month Of JanuaryTrad. Arr. Bachelor´s Gate
S2T2The Broadside ManJohn Connolly, Bill Meek
S2T3A Soul CakeTrad. Arr. Bachelor´s Gate
S2T4Chief O´Neil´s Favourite / Newcastle HornpipeTrad. Arr. Bachelor´s Gate
S2T5Green BushesTrad. Arr. Bachelor´s Gate
S2T6Oats And Beans And Barley GrowTrad. Arr. Bachelor´s Gate
The Music for Blow The Candle Out, The Cuckoo and Green Bushes was written by Steve Ball

The Band

Click here for a big picture from the early 80´s with Steve, Lee, Ann - from left to right   Click here for a big picture from the early 80´s with Lee, Ann, Steve - from left to right   Click here for a big picture from the early 80´s with Lee, Ann, Steve - from left to right
Steve BallVocals, Guitars and Cittern
Ann BallVocals, Flute, Penny Whistles, Bodhran (irish Drum), Bones
Lee TupperVocals, Mandolin, Tenor-Banjo, Bozouki and Octave Mandola
StudioAirship Recordings of Richard Sharples, Jim Brooks and Engineer Sam Small in Bognor Regis
CoverTony Lamborn and Sue Adams

Bachelor´s Gate Story

The name of the group is derived from an old legend dating back to the 1500’s. It is said that the Nuns from Easebourne Priory (near Midhurst, West Sussex, England) used to go out in the dead of night and surreptitiously meet with their men friends at a place that eventually became known as Bachelors Gate. There is now a house called Bachelors Gate on the site.

Easebourne Priory   Easebourne Priory
  • Easebourne Priory Info
  • The group originally got together in 1974 at their local Grammar School in Midhurst. Their main musical influences were groups like Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Silly Wizard. Also such artistes as Martin Carthy, Maddy Prior, June Tabor, Martin Simpson, Richard & Linda Thomson and Dave Swarbrick - all of whom they have performed alongside at one time or another over the years.

    Like most folk groups in the UK at the time, Bachelors Gate spent their time performing at folk clubs and festivals, most of their gigs were in the south of England. In addition, they were residents at the famous Amberley Folk Club (Black Horse pub) in West Sussex for many years.

    Bachelors Gate continued to play folk concerts all over the UK into the early 1980's. They made their great folk album in 1981 at Airship Studios in Bognor Regis, which was a privately owned 8 track recording studio. The guys at Airship, namely Richard Sharples, Jim Brooks and engineer Sam Small were a great help in creating the album. The album cover was designed by friends of the band, Tony Lamborn and Sue Adams.

    Recording was completed over eight sessions, mostly very late at night and into the early hours. Almost all of the recording was done in single takes. There was one notable exception, a recorder part which took Annie 14 takes, the recorder was an old instrument and difficult to get into concert pitch tuning.

    In all, 300 copies of the Bachelors Gate album were pressed, and it has since become a very rare collector’s item. The album was a lot of fun to make, and the group is still very proud of it 25+ years later.

    In February 2007 Bachelors Gate reformed to play a reunion gig at Amberely Folk Club. This was the first time the band had played together for over 20 Years, and it was a great success. So much so, that they plan to do some more. In the pictures you can see the original line-up (from left to right: Lee, Ann, Steve) with additional guest, Steve’s brother, Warren (far right) on Bass guitar.

    Click here for a big Bachelor´s Gate Reunion Concert picture with Lee, Ann, Steve, Warren from 02/2007   Click here for a big Bachelor´s Gate Reunion Concert picture with Lee, Ann, Steve, Warren from 02/2007

    And what happened to the band?

    Well, Steve started out his working life in Telecommunications and Computing, but gave that up to become a professional musician.

    Annie gave up gigging (in 1983) to be a full-time Mum, and is now a Teaching Assistant at a local school.

    Lee still plays the Mandolin brilliantly, and works for the UK Government.

    And yes, they all still live happily ever after in West Sussex.

    Steve Ball in February 2007

    If you like folkrecords like Cobblers Last, Silver Birch, Green Man, Swordedge and others, you will love the great Bachelors Gate record too.

    Kai Willems in March 2007

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