Whirling Pope Joan

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Conceived by Blowzabella hurdy gurdy player Nigel Eaton (b. 3 January 1966, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England) and vocalist Julie Murphy (b. London, England), this one-off folk project took its unusual name…
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Conceived by Blowzabella hurdy gurdy player Nigel Eaton (b. 3 January 1966, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England) and vocalist Julie Murphy (b. London, England), this one-off folk project took its unusual name from an old card game. Bass/cittern player Ian Luff joined Eaton and Murphy on their sole recording, 1994’s Spin, which served to highlight the former’s inventive hurdy gurdy playing and the latter’s passionate, soulful vocals. Murphy went on to form the acclaimed Fernhill with her husband Ceri Rhys Matthews, while Eaton recorded solo material before rejoining Blowzabella.