Who are we?

Sound Tradition

Sound Tradition is a three piece, mostly a cappella folk group who enjoy singing traditional folk music in harmony. They currently live the East Anglia area, namely West Suffolk and Cambridgeshire but all three have previously lived abroad for some time. The band is influenced by the singing of Peter Bellamy and The Young Tradition (spot the similar name!) and other prominent English folk artists such as The Watersons, Maddy Prior, and Tim Hart.

Their local folk club is The Milkmaid, which currently meets at the Constitutional Club in Bury St.Edmunds, where they have supported, among others, Last Night’s Fun and Kieran Halpin. They regularly appear here as well as Cambridge Folk Club and at other clubs and sessions in the area. Although they only formed at the beginning of 2006 Sound Tradition have already recorded a selection of their songs on a locally produced CD; they began recording their first studio album in  January 2007.

heatherHeather McClean comes from Donegal, Ireland.  She sang in various choirs until she was eighteen, when she joined a local indie band, Honey Ryder. The band enjoyed some success locally, but disbanded when Heather left to study abroad. Working as an English teacher, she has lived and worked in France, Germany, Japan, the United States and Spain. She returned to the UK in 2005, where she teaches English at Cambridge Academy of English. She began singing with Dave and Linda in November 2005.

Heather has always loved music and her influences include: 10,000 Maniacs, The Sundays, kd lang, Paul Weller, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Bobbie Gentry and Van Morrison.

daveDave Bartlett has been interested in folk music since his early teens. Greatly influenced by Fairport Convention and the singing of Martin Carthy and Peter Bellamy he took up the guitar at 16 and has explored many musical genres coming back to his folk roots in recent years. While preferring arrangements of genuine, tradition songs he is also inspired by modern tradition-style folk composers and a great admirer of Mike Waterson’s compositions and humour.

lindaLinda Baddeley began performing regularly in the early 80’s when she was living and teaching English in Copenhagen. She sang in a duo with a singer songwriter, doing mostly folk and blues. She performed in various music clubs in Denmark, Sweden and France and was also invited to perform live for French TV. It was at this time that Linda developed her love of harmony singing.

Since returning from the continent, Linda has performed with function bands, singing everything from rock to soul and blues; however, her first and main love has always been folk music and, in particular, harmony singing. She learns harmony lines before the actual melody of a new song, so Sound Tradition is proving to be a much more satisfying musical experience than singing in function bands!

2 Responses to Who are we?

  1. Ronnie says:

    Hi hi Heather! Your old partner in crime here! Working in HMV Belfast for 9.5 years now. I’m on the specialities floor, which includes… folk! (Ta-dah!)
    I’d be very interested in hearing your stuff-you always had a good voice, and it’s probably more suited to folk than noisy complaint rock!
    Finally working on doing something with our old songs. Got a 4-track and one day I’ll learn how to use it! I made a compilation of the best stuff and some folks at work have been digging the tunes!
    How are things with you? I hope you’re well and life is treating you good. I got married in 1999 and Ruth and I have a 5-year-old daughter called Nerys (pronounced Ner-reese)
    Oh! Remember the Moe Tucker LP? Well, John Cale played the Belfast festival about 6 years ago and I got him to sign it also. Then, the following year, I went to see Lou Reed and cornered him too! (“Your name’s Ronnie? OK…” he drawled, as he completed my collection.)
    Recently found the pic of you and Linda as kids in the yard. Don’t suppose you still have the one of me on the spacehopper? We could swop if you like
    Drop me a line sometime- I’d love to hear from you!

    God bless!

    Ron.

    x

  2. Chris Poust says:

    Hi Linda. Great to see the site. Super harmonies. I’ve Still got great memories of the gigs in Copenhagen Germany and France (not forgettng the Canaries!). I’m going to record the “Reeperbahn” and “Tenerife” with the guys (after dusting off the mothballs). We had some really great times singing together and I wish you and David (and “Sound Tradition”) all the very best. BTW went to Bordeaux with the guys from the village on a weekend trip, ended up on the tables with guitar as usual singing to the masses – some wine festival was on that weekend. Cheers Chris

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