The Band

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David: Caller, Guitar, Tin Whistle, Bodhran and Vocals

David started going to folk dances around 1970 when he discovered that they meant you could actually get your arm around lots of young women as well as drinking beer and listening to (occasionally) good music. He has actually danced nearly all the dances he calls and, with other bands, accompanied them as well playing guitar mainly but also bodhran (celtic drum), mandolin and whistle.

Since he took up calling he has discovered that the whistle gets in the way a bit and he can't play guitar and think about the dancers at the same time (single tasking male). This is why, when calling, you will usually see him beating a bodhran which also acts a bit like an accelerator should it be required.

 

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Jayne: Fiddle and Vocals

As a child, Jayne learned to play the violin, later running away with herself to play fiddle with Greenshoots ceilidh band. With some fellow band members she joined Offshoots, on fiddle and vocals, arranging and performing traditional and contemporary folk songs and tunes. She also indulged herself for a while as a folk-influenced singer songwriter, forming Reflexion with a couple of guitarist friends. It must, however, be admitted that she did not totally lose touch with her classical roots.

She is a founder member of Moggy in the Wood, and their ‘proper’ musician, being able to read the dots as she goes and suchlike. On evening and weekend release from her educational institution she takes refuge with musicians and poets as much as possible; it is her firm belief that music and poetry are balm for all that ails the State education system and its workers at the chalk face.

Bob: Guitar, Mandolin and Vocals

After a mix up at the hospital Bob was taken from his aristocratic parents and made to live in Glasgow by Episcopalian fundamentalists where he was brought up as an altar boy. In spite of being subjected to Roger Whitaker and Val Doonican at an early age, Bob developed a great affection for the guitar and has played for about forty years.

He has lived in Leicestershire since leaving Scotland 1988 (to avoid the poll tax). He plays mandolin banjo and fiddle for several morris dancing sides and guitar for ‘Restless Soles’ Appalachian Dance. His debut performance with Moggy in the Wood was in 2013.

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Richard: Octave Mandola, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, 5 String Banjo, Tin Whistle and Vocals

After he ran away from the sea he wandered inland holding a marlin spike until someone asked what it was. So he came to settle in Leicester, where, in a fit of bewilderment, he remembered that he played the violin at school and took up music again. After listening to the Dubliners, (for those under 50 consult a historian), he became a fan of folk music.

He has previously played in a number of bands including the Leicester Steamship Company and Triannen. He then settled down and played banjo in Horses Brawl, a ceilidh band playing mainly around Peterborough.

At present he plays for a number of Morris sides and First Class Stamp Appalachian Dance and is a founder member of Moggy in the Wood.