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.
Heather 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.
Dave 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.
Linda 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!