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Auld Triangle's current line-up released their first CD in 2000. In June 2004 he released his solo CD "A Northern Man", a collection of 13 of Clive's original songs presenting snapshots of life in and around Bolton over the last 200 years.

For nearly 30 years as residents at Westhoughton Folk Club, the line up has changed several times but Mike and Pat now Pat Batty remain in the band. The band is available for bookings - contact Pat Batty for details. Material is selected from a wide spectrum, encompassing the folk canon and the fringes of country as well as singer-songwriter territory and light rock.

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Auld Triangle was founded by brother and sister Mike and Pat Austen in 1972. The CD is available directly from Clive - details at his website www.

Clive and Barrie now also handle some of the lead vocals and Pat, Clive and Barrie all contribute vocal harmonies.

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It's hard to apply a label to Auld Triangle's repertoire. Barrie Seddon joined in 1994 and Clive Leyland signed on in 1998.

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Clive's own original songs are also increasingly featured. The band's traditional origins are still evident but over the years they have adapted many high quality contemporary songs which have caught their fancy. Pat's excellent vocals have always been a hallmark of Auld Triangle.

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Westhoughton Folk Club regulars will recognise "Sail Away" among the tracks. This combination of backgrounds makes for a lively interaction of influences and ensures that Auld Triangle's set never becomes stale and that they always have a supply of interesting new material in development. Clive also plays solo gigs and is part of another band, Bandersnatch, a 6 piece unit featuring a wide range of instrumentation and multiple harmonies, with traditional and contemporary material as well as Clive's own songs.

The current team is Pat vocals , Mike guitar and mandola , Barrie bass, mandolin and vocals and Clive acoustic and electric guitar, piano, harmonica, accordion and vocals.

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The addition of electric guitar has given the band a harder edge when it's needed and piano, mandolin, mandola, accordion and harmonica lend variety to the sound.