Nigel plays guitar with the band, he also plays the drums and at a push, the mandolin.He has played in a number of bands in a variety styles, rock, folk, jazz and blues for far too many years.
Nick has been playing the melodeon for more than 25 years and is an original member of the band.
He plays a variety of other instruments. At the moment he is particularly enjoying playing the Pipe and Tabor, an extremely difficult pair of instruments to play in a co-ordinated way! He also plays guitar and trombone. Currently he is a fan of ‘garage music’ – yes he keeps the band PA in his garage!
He dances with Dolphin Morris and is one of their main musicians.
Other hobbies include most outdoor pursuits especially sailing, cycling and walking.
Peter BrocklehurstUpright Bass
Peter recently invested in an EUB (Electric Upright Bass) built by Jerry Rulf which attracts a lot of interest … and a fair amount of sympathy as it looks like a double bass without a body! He also plays an electric bass guitar. He has been playing with folk bands of one sort or another in Lancashire, Yorkshire and the East Midlands for some 35 years! With the University of Leeds, he has played as far afield as Poland and Spain. Peter has broad musical interests and also plays with local orchestras, wind ensembles and for light operatic shows! His musical family have been known to augment the band occasionally. He plays jazz with Nigel (see above).
Wil is an experienced fiddle player who often joins us on bookings. Although having never trained at the Royal Academy or played first violin with the Berlin Philharmonic, he has spent many years trying to escape the epithet ‘classically trained’, honing his chops in sessions around the Hope Valley in Derbyshire and as a member of the Sheffield Traditional Fiddlers’ Society before moving to Nottingham in 2001. Whilst versatile in different styles, he has a particular interest in English tunes. He dances with Dolphin Morris and also plays for the rapper dance side ‘Whip the Cat‘.
Charlie is an accomplished caller with many years of experience. He has a wide repertoire of dances and is very adaptable. He plays the fiddle and is a key member of the Leicester Morris Dance team. He is also ‘Bagman’ of the Morris Ring.
Ray has been calling for the past 30 years and regularly calls with various bands in the East Midlands. He has a range of dances from beginners’ to advanced and will often produce a few dances he has written himself. He also plays the bodhran and, if no one is listening too carefully, the concertina. In his other life Ray lectures in Computing, but then, no-one is perfect!