Bob is a very distinctive whistle player, to be heard at festival sessions around Victoria and at the National Festival Canberra, Australia.
Bob is the son of Billy Ballantine renowned piccolo player and composer.
The other musicians on this recording are…
James Rigby - flute, guitar
Andy Rigby - harp, flute
Deanna Devers - accordian
Interesting to see evidence of Northumbrian trad going on at the ends of the earth. Very many have emigrated from the North-East throughout the modern era, but they haven’t colonised cities in distinctive ongoing communities like the Irish, Italians and others. Or not that I know of. It would be interesting to be told otherwise.
I think they preferred to live in the middle of nowhere, like back home.