Viol Bodies

After our fantastic breakfast at Jem and Jules’ (don’t get me started on the topic of B&B breakfasts) we set off for the border. J&J gave us the address of some friends of their’s who make viols and said to stop off for lunch as it was on our way. Weather was again awful and we had recieved 2 soakings before arriving at Richard and Vivienne Jones’ house. They live at Powfoot, on the Solway Firth. Their house is in an Edwardian (?) red brick terrace which stands alone in the village surrounded by 70s grey bungalows. Quite bizarre. Richard showed us his workshop and Vivienne served up a very tasty soup (red pepper, tomato and ginger with rye bread). The viol world is quite small – I mentioned the name of a local (to Presteigne) player and Richard said ‘oh –  he was here just last week’. Richard’s instruments are obviously very sought after and I’m sure all you viol players are familiar with his work.

Later on after a gruelling 12 mile slightly acsending straight on a horrilble A road into headwind and rain we finally arrived at Brampton –  very short on battery power. We asked a few people where our venue was and were met with blank expressions. After another 4 miles of sweat and toil we arrived at the Duke of Cumberland in Castle Carrock, our venue.This was a great place renovated really nicely by owners Martin and Mel. Their daughter AJ does 5 star pub grub – my Cumberland sausage & mash and Petes steak and ale pie were faultless as were puds. Highly recommended if your north of the Lake District. We played to a small but enthusiastic audience before retiring to our farmhouse B&B which was 100 yards from the pub right in the middle of the village.

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