Meet the Band

Slack-ma-Girdle...

...has been going since 1995 (though sometimes it feels like 1195 - see above). Most of us have been in it ever since (1995 not 1195).

Emma...

...plays Bb and bass clarinets, D whistle,l ow D whistle, bombarde, piano - and now mandolin (when we let her). She teaches a variety of instruments. As if all that weren't enough, she also clogs (yes, that's the noise you can hear!) and calls our circle dances. Oh - and she's our Bus Driver.

Jude...

...plays Bb clarinet, D whistle, piano and, along with the flute, teaches these. We're leaning on her heavily (she used to be 5'10") to play her alto sax with us too.

Martin...

...plays (and teaches) fiddle, guitar, bass guitar, tenor and G banjos and bodhran. You may spot him raising his left leg to signal tune changes. Please ignore this - the rest of the band usually do.

Tim...

...plays keyboard and - er, more keyboard, but then he's also our MC and has been our caller for more years than he cares to remember (transforming chaos and confusion into squares and circles - and sometimes back again!). But he doesn't seem to be able to call and play at the same time! So now we shall be enjoying the benefit of his improvised rhythms and textures for the dances as well as for the interim stuff...

Gary...

 ...joined us in 2014 as rhythm guitarist. He is also an expert with the pipes.