Waldorf String Band for British Traditional Folk & Celtic Music.  Established 1987

 
BIOGRAPHY: JOHN GNODDE

John started playing guitar in 1966 and was a regular solo performer at the folky coffee bars and clubs, singing the popular folk and protest music of the time interspersed with a number of his own compositions.

A few years later he started playing the banjo and joined an East London traditional folk group, The Dublin Foire Brigade, performing Irish music and comedy numbers.  This started his love of Irish music, and he performed with the group and continued as a solo performer at clubs, pubs and local festivals, until leaving to go to Jhb in the early 70s.

In the mid 70s in Johannesburg he started a group called Strongbow, which performed regularly at folk clubs and Medieval feasts.  The group broke up when some members returned to the UK, and he continued playing as a solo performer until 1987 when he met Rael Birns at Buskers Folk Club and suggested that they get together as his banjo style would suit the music that Rael was playing. Their styles clicked and Waldorf String Band was born.

Early influences were the vocal styles of Des Lindberg and Harry Belafonte - 'you could hear every word they sang', and The Clancy Brothers and The Dubliners helped to develop his appreciation of traditional Irish music - 'I loved the lyrics and melody, the energy was so infectious, and best of all, they seemed to be having so much fun.

 

PO Box 652039, Benmore, 2010,  Gauteng, South Africa. Cell +27 (0)82 452 1100. wsb@waldorfstringband.co.za