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English Folk Bands

The English String Band


Using a combination of fiddles, cellos and double bass the English String Band create a full and exciting sound playing traditional English tunes from around the country, with both unison fiddle playing and harmonies to add further interest and enjoyment.
All the musicians in the English String Band have been playing together in other bands and in music sessions for many years and with this have, within their own unique exciting styles, developed a strong empathy and mutual responsiveness which gives an exciting and tight sound.

Fish 'n' Taters


Fish'n' Taters play traditional English folk dance music in a lively style. The band play for ceilidhs, barn dances, weddings, birthdays etc. and has been for many years one of the resident bands at Mumpers Ceilidh Club in Derby.

The Old Fashioned


The Old Fashioned is a concert trio lead by Fi Fraser on Violin and Clarinet, Pete Bullock on Piano and Clarinet and Howard Mitchell on Double Bass, Melodeon and Concertina.

The Red Fox Ceilidh Band


The Red Fox Ceilidh Band is a new band based in Leicester. First playing for the city's St George's Festival in 2012 the band is known for its stomping rhythms and energetic delivery of traditional English music.

Featuring Alice Little on fiddle, Kev Dempsey on guitar and Howard Mitchell on bass, the band works with caller Ben Robinson to get everybody dancing!

The Derbyshire Volunteers


The Derbyshire Volunteers, originally formed for a Tsunami Appeal Concert, are made up of the "who's who" from the Derby folk scene – a 15-strong band with a string, melodeon, concertina, brass, woodwind and percussion sections.

The Clipston Project


Leicester College Performing Arts Lecturer, Eddie Burton, who previously worked in the West End for 12 years, writes all the music and lyrics for the Clipston Project and has brought together a number of other staff and learners at the College to form the band.