A further solo album 'Reasons...' was released in 1979. He then formed an occasional trio with Peter Bond and Tim Laycock, collaborating on the show and album 'A Duck on his Head' about circus life, as well writing songs for local radio and Granada TV - for whom he also wrote and performed music for a film on the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Bill was a founder member of the legendary folk-rock band 'The Home Service', whose first album has been re-released on CD along with a CD of live material. He continued to work at the National Theatre, writing and appearing in : 'Don Quixote' 'A Country Calendar' 'The Passion' 'The Nativity' 'Doomsday' 'The Mysteries' - the award winning trilogy performed at the National, West End, TV and throughout Europe. Bill left The Home Service in 1985 and released a new solo album ' The Wild West Show' After a brief spell living in London, where he recorded a limited edition cassette 'Urban Legend' with fiddler Neti Vaandrager and bassist Bernard O'Neill, Bill moved back to the Midlands and now lives in Jackfield, Shropshire, with his wife Katherine, an Illustrator, and their son Tam. In 1996 he released a new CD ' Winter with Flowers', backed by a number of local musicians, including members of ceilidh band All Blacked Up which he has since joined. He continues to work as a solo performer and with the local band the Jackfield Riverbillies and the new Anne Lennox Martin Band In between times he was Musical Director of a new production of “Larkrise” by the Shropshire Theatre Guild at Shrewsbury Castle.
He is currently working on a play “The Peat Bog Soldiers” and has started work on a new CD “The Cloud Factory” His songs have been recorded by the likes of June Tabor, Chris Foster, Alex Campbell, The Yetties, Christy Moore, Peter Rowan, John Kirkpatrick, Artisan, Coope, Boyes and Simpson and many others throughout the world. Bill stills plays regularly at folk clubs and Festivals around the country, see the gig guide for details Bill also hosts a Singers night at the Black Swan in Jackfield on the first Sunday of the month, pop in if you are passing! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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