The FairGreen Ceilidh Band brings together the talents of 4 very experienced East Anglian musicians to play an eclectic mix of lively traditional music from English, Irish, Scottish, American and European origin.
We have all been playing in bands since knee high to the proverbial grasshopper. We are all working on various other musical projects (see links)
The music is largely fiddle driven by our extremely talented 'maestros' Tri & Alex with mandolin, guitar, bass and some occasional additional jiggery pokery to make the sound even bigger.
We take a lot of care finding great tunes we enjoy playing that complement the dances and really make you want to dance.
TRI the Fiddle:
He has been playing the violin for 30 years or so, a full-time musician while living in Indonesia. He can turn his bow to all kinds of different genres - Irish folk, country/bluegrass, jazz and blues as well as original music and improvisation. All of which he uses to inject that extra special twist to his playing in the band - once he gets going it's hard to know when the good stuff is going to end. Influences; Irish fiddler Kevin Burke of the Bothy Band and Patrick Street, the 'Western Swing' style of Bob Wills and jazz rock violin of Jean Luc Ponty. He also teaches violin in Norwich.
ALEX the Fiddle, Recorder & Vocals
Alex always wanted to be in a ceilidh band and now has her wish - she plays violin, recorders and sometimes sings for the band. When not putting on one-man shows, she does a lot of session work and has opened for the legendary Dave Swarbrick, smash-hits Megson and the IT Boys' UK tour. (The Swarb said she played 'stunning fiddle')!
Her other love is Heavy Metal, but we don't talk about that.
PAUL the Bass
European tours, videos, hit singles with the ace Norwich indie band the Nivens are all some of the excellent things Paul has played a part in! He's also written songs and music for films..... talking of films, he's acted in quite a few not to mention the stage appearances. He is also a voice over artist - very talented man indeed.
CHRIS the Dance Caller, Guitar & Mandolin
After playing in York indie band Pinq Stuff for 5 years in the 1980's headed to Norfolk to play in several bands - the wedding cover band Moonshine, Peter Gold Country Band, Tom Thompson Band and more recently 5 years in a well known Norfolk Ceilidh Band, Whirligig. His hobby is trawling youtube for new dances and tunes. Favourite bands include Bellowhead, Altan, Solas, AfroCeltic Sound System, Imagined Village, Peatbog Fairies, Shooglenifty, Blazin Fiddles, Sharron Shannon...