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!
Denny is an accomplished musician who has been a regular member of the folk scene for many years. He plays regularly with the East Midlands band ‘Five go Off’. He is a great caller with a good range of dances and an original, humorous style.
Edward is the other original member of the band. Unfortunately he doesn’t call for us any more as he has moved to Cumbria, but he is still a good friend so we’ll keep him on this page. He is an accomplished Jew’s Harp player and has an original technique with the Tin Tray. He was in great demand as a caller and was often called upon to work with other bands too. It is rumoured that he now practices his calling technique with the sheep on the fells!!
Bryan began calling with the Rollright Stones back in the mid 1970’s and then joined North Oxfordshire folk rock outfit The Hookey Band as Caller and Anglo Concertina player. Here he developed a unique style of calling which became much sort after by other bands however he rarely called for other groups as The Hookey Band were always so busy.
Over recent years Hookey have decided not to work quite so hard; Bryan began to suffer from withdrawal symptoms and started calling for other bands again but insists that he has most fun with “Bellows.”
Bryan is at home with any standard of dancers and his clear explanation coupled with a wicked sense of humour makes him one of the more sought after callers in the country.