Lara Natural Music
Lara Natural Music was founded in 1999 by Charlie Boston in Chelsea, in the heart of London, England. It was set up as both a recording and a publishing company to provide a marketing basis for Charlie’s first CD of twelve original songs composed in a style influenced by American bluegrass and folk music. Since this time Lara has recorded and published a total of seven CDs, featuring original material written by Charlie, Ced Thorose and Leanne Thorose.
The Olde Boston Tea Party
(in alphabetical order)
Charlie is the guitar player. Charlie started playing gigs in the early 1970’s and performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1977 & 1978. A member of the PRS, his musical interests have always been in song writing and many of his songs are included in the repertoire of the band.
He has written all the songs on five CDs released on Lara Natural Music and co-written the songs on Leanne Thorose’s album, Bluestack Mountain Girl. He has recorded with some of the finest bluegrass musicians both here and in the States, including Rhonda Vincent, Wayne Benson, Alison Brown, Jim Hurst, Missy Raines, Charlie Cushman, Jimmy van Cleve, Ced Thorose, Nick Pynn, Chris Comac, Laurie Harper and Pete Stanley and he has tracks on two compilation albums distributed in Germany by ZYX Music.
Jeremy is the mandolin player. Jeremy discovered bluegrass in the early 1970s when visiting the Cambridge Folk Festival and was inspired both by the instruments and vocal harmonies. With a natural tenor voice Jeremy was soon in demand playing a wide range of stringed instruments with various folk and bluegrass bands before settling on the mandolin in the 1990s.
He has played with a wide range of bands including bluegrass legend Peter Rowan, The Dorset Folk Orchestra, The Shoestring Band, No Mean Feet, Jiggery Polkery and The Reel Thing. Before joining The Olde Boston Tea Party, Jeremy played with Three Tuns o’ Grass, having been an early member along with David Hatfield and banjo player, Johnny Butten. Jeremy is also a private pilot, which enabled him a few years ago to make the only air arrival at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival held on Kemble Airfield.
David is the bass player and acts as the band leader. One of the UK’s most respected bass players, David began playing bluegrass in 1967 with the Morris Boys and became the resident double bassist on several BBC Radio Shows and the Cambridge Folk Festival from 1977 to 1995.
He has since played and toured with an a host of bluegrass legends including: Mac Wiseman, Jerry Douglas, Mark O’Connor, Bill Keith, Jim Rooney, Peter Rowan, Flaco Jimenez, Arlo Guthrie, Tex Logan, Greg Douglas, Gordon Titcomb, Rose Maddox, Don Stover, Bill Clifton, Orrin Star, Pete Sayers, Jim Couza, Ben Waters, Diz Watson, Pete Stanley, Ced Thorose, Roger Knowles, Malcolm Price, Brian Golbey and the Kursaal Flyers. In 1979 he set up Waterfront Music, releasing several bluegrass LP’s as well as playing sessions for Flying Fish Records and Transatlantic Records. He has also played on numerous television and radio shows.
Peter, from Plymouth, Devon, is the fiddle player in the band. He rose to prominence in the 1970’s as a founder member of Asgard, a band championed by the Moody Blues, which recorded on the prestigious Threshold label, earning critical acclaim from the likes of John Peel. A few years later Peter joined The Pheasant Pluckers, his first dedicated bluegrass band, which went on to win ITV’s Pub Entertainer of the Year Award.
In the 1990’s he was a member Medicine Bow, nominated Britain’s top country band. He went on to tour Britain, Europe and America, backing some of the best American artists of the day. Before joining The Olde Boston Tea Party, Peter’s most recent bands were The Morris Boys and Out to Grass. In addition to fiddle, Peter plays guitar, mandolin, saxophone and viola. He loves playing Western swing and Cajun music.
Gus York is the pedal steel and dobro player. Gus began by playing guitar and banjo at the tender age of 12, playing mainly trad jazz and folk music. Then one day he spotted a strange instrument being played in a London Pub, which transpired to be a Pedal Steel Guitar and his life was changed! Instantly he thought “I must play one of these”.
That was around 40 years ago and pedal steel soon became his first instrument. This led him to play sessions, gigs and tours with many British and American artists covering a wide range of music, including country, blues rock, reggae and now, with the Olde Boston Tea Party, bluegrass. Although Gus breaks new ground by playing pedal steel in a bluegrass band, he also plays dobro, being the more traditional acoustic bluegrass instrument.
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Ced has been a mainstay of the British bluegrass scene for more than thirty years, during which time he has played and recorded with virtually every bluegrass player of importance in the UK. Apart from being the most respected resonator guitar player resident in the UK, he is also a fine maker of the instruments and is responsible for several new designs. This is one reason he prefers to describe the instrument as a “resonator guitar” rather than a “dobro”, which is, after all, the trade name of another manufacturer.
Ced is also a writer of a wide variety of instrumental compositions. These range from hard-hitting bluegrass breakdowns to the most delicate and lyrical compositions, many of these are featured on his two albums Diamond Back and Out on the Ridge (a joint project recorded in Nashville in 20111 with Charlie Boston).
Leanne was born in London to a musical family with both Irish and American roots. Her mother, Mary, comes from County Donegal and is a fine singer in the Celtic tradition. Her father, Ced Thorose, originates from Maryland, USA, but has lived in the UK most of his life where he has established a unique reputation as the leading maker and player of resophonic bluegrass guitars.
Leanne has played tours with the critically acclaimed Irish dance production ‘Essence of Ireland’ as their leading Fiddle player. In 2012 she went to Nashville to record her debut album, Bluestack Mountain Girl which comprised entirely original material, the music being written by Leanne and the words to the songs being written by Charlie Boston.
British experts we recommend
We would like to take this opportunity to recommend the following experts to anyone wishing to make a record in this country.
- Engineer/producer: Joe Leach (www.cowshedstudio.com)
- Recording Studios: The Premises (www.premisesstudios.com)
- Photography: Sylvan Mason (www.sylvanmason.com)
- CD manufacturing: Lemon Media (www.lemonmedia.co.uk)
- UK Country Music Radio
Lara Natural Music
22a Ives Street, London SW3 2ND