Triangle was founded by brother and sister Mike and Pat Austen
in 1972. 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. Former members
have included Norman Prince, Jim Berry, Pat Ryan, Phil Atkinson,
John Oliver, Steve Robinson and Ken Howard.
Seddon joined in 1994 and Clive Leyland signed on in 1998.
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).
hard to apply a label to Auld Triangle's repertoire. 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. 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.
and Clive cut their musical teeth during the early 60's "beat"
explosion (and will readily drop into Chuck Berry impressions
or jazz/blues improvisations given the chance). 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
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. Pat's excellent vocals
have always been a hallmark of Auld Triangle. Clive and Barrie
now also handle some of the lead vocals and Pat, Clive and
Barrie all contribute vocal harmonies.
typical set might include songs by Richard Thompson, Mary
Chapin Carpenter, Dave Mallett, Dougie MacLean, "trad
arr James Taylor", Beth Nielsen Chapman, John Tams and,
perhaps more surprisingly, The Eurythmics, Eric Bibb and The
Grateful Dead. Clive's own original songs are also increasingly
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. 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. Westhoughton Folk Club
regulars will recognise "Sail Away" among the tracks.
The CD is available directly from Clive - details at his website
Triangle's current line-up released their first CD in 2000.
The band is available for bookings - contact Pat Batty for