Taradiddle is based in the Swiss canton of Bern. Our repertoire of hand-picked songs includes folk music from both sides of the Atlantic, original material, and selected covers of obscure but wonderful songs as well as a handful of familiar favorites performed with quirky twists. There’s lots of harmony singing and instrumental accompaniment on things (mostly) with strings.
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When I was seven, I wrote a letter announcing to my mother and the world that I was going to be an ice dancer or a singer. While my progression as a Life Artist didn’t include ice dancing, the enthusiasm for singing remained and co-existed comfortably with my passions for nature, wildlife and teaching. As a child, I was quite taken by the music of Heintje (a guilty pleasure!) but that youthful enthusiasm gave way to songs whose lyrics were a bit deeper. I’ve always wanted to communicate the joy and emotion to others that music has given me. The songs I sing – around campfires, in the elementary schools where I’ve taught, and so on – tend to have messages I believe in. Over the years, I’ve been part of some rewarding musical adventures, including my work as half of Andy & MO, a duo that recorded and performed original pop music in Swiss German for kids. With Taradiddle, my musical aim is what it’s always been: to bring a bit of joy and harmony to the world.
Not being great at football (or soccer), I found that playing guitar in romantic settings was just as powerful a way to get girls to notice me. I got hooked by early Donovan songs, with a good helping of Bob Dylan and a bit later a heavy dose of Leonard Cohen, and all of these proved to work a charm. As my parents insisted on me doing an honest day’s work rather than becoming a singer and actor, I spent the next decades in a day job, which I loved, as a teacher of English and of English linguistics, but with music always a mainstay, centred around the acoustic music and the songs – mainly – of the British Isles (with occasional forays into Americana, blues and rock’n’roll). And then Taradiddle happened, the result of a number of extremely happy accidents, in fact, a dream come true: vocal harmonies in a repertoire of songs that is based on whatever eclectic pleasures – “sort of seriously” cultural as well as straightforwardly guilty – explored and enjoyed together with two genuinely lovely friends.