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The Story So Far…

The Peter, Paul and Mary’s Brother (with special guest artist Wally Walsh) story

They’ve been playing and singing together since the sixties. Peter plays the guitar, Paul plays the banjo and Richard, who plays the bass, has a sister called Mary – hence “Peter Paul & Mary’s Brother”. Richard has another sister called Annie, but it didn’t sound as good. Confused? You soon will be. Wally, who plays the accordion and guitar, is billed as a ‘special guest artist’, as was Tim – who couldn’t play anything at all but who could remember the words and wave his arms about – until his untimely death in 1997.

Peter and Richard started playing with each other when they were small children – but that’s enough of sex and violence. In the early sixties Peter was lead guitarist with the local rock band “The Overriders”, and Richard played bass with a cabaret folk group, “The Anderida Six”. They first played folk together over fifty years ago now, attracting others and eventually calling themselves “The Fabulous Procal Turdum” – better known at their local, ‘The Deers Hut’ (near Liphook in Hampshire) and at other nearby pubs and clubs where they played, as the “Turds”. At one time there were almost twenty of them. Few of them could sing, fewer could play an instrument. They often  travelled around in a double decker bus called “Hairy Pillock” taking a large section of their audience from ‘The Deers Hut’ with them. The bus took the “Turds” – Peter, Richard, Wally, Tim and eight others – on their first European tour in 1968, singing their way around France and Spain. The group, this time without Peter and Wally (who stayed behind to play with themselves and get married), then undertook a world tour in another double decker bus, “Hairy Pillock 2”, from 1969 to 1972, eventually changing  their name to “The Philanderers”, as the Americans they met on their travels found “Turds” hard to swallow.

After their return in the early seventies, Richard’s young cousin Paul, who had been drinking with the rest of them at ‘The Deers Hut’ since he was twelve, finally mastered the banjo and was allowed out to play, replacing Clive, who went back to America to play the banjo with “The New Christie Minstrels”. The new line up, under the new name of “Peter Paul & Mary’s Brother” – with special guest artists (ie. whoever was around at the time) toured the folk circuit and were residents at ‘The George’ folk club at East Meon for many years. They played at the very first Farnham Beer Exhibition in 1977 and, with a couple of exceptions, played at every Farnham Beerex for the next twenty four years until the need for their specialised form of crowd control had diminished. They are still found at ‘The Deers Hut’ from time to time, and also at ‘The Good Intent’ at Puttenham in Surrey, where they’ve been a regular fixture for almost thirty years.

The group’s main musical influences are Cliff Giles, Adg Cutler, The Venereal Folk Three (from whom they picked up quite a lot), Tam Paxton, The New Crusty Menstruals, and alcohol. They pride themselves on having used the same list of songs - and singing them in virtually the same order, since the late 1970s, although fans will have noticed probably three, or even four new songs entering the repertoire since then. They have also become their own tribute band!

Despite many requests to do so, “Peter Paul & Mary’s Brother” have refused to stop playing, and all of them, except Wally, have now given up their day jobs, although this is due mainly to medical problems, redundancy or old age. They are available at a moderate cost for TV, radio and pantomime work, and to play at concerts, folk clubs, weddings and wakes, and at pubs, clubs and beer festivals.