...definitely has the longest history of folk musicianship in Slack ma Girdle, having played in a wide variety of bands, at thousands of gigs, and on a selection of instruments, throughout Devon, Somerset and far beyond.
While mostly playing fiddle and guitar at our gigs, he also brings his bodhran and a banjo or two.
Martin has been in Slack ma Girdle since day one and has never missed a gig!
He teaches Classical Guitar & Irish Fiddle.
...is also a founder member of Slack ma Girdle. If Martin is the founding father, then that must make Emma the founding mother, though she's obviously much younger!
Emma's interest in ceilidh dancing started at primary school and never left. She was also in a Devon Clog Dance group for some years & kept a pair of clogs - that's what you can hear. She brings her bass clarinet, Bb clarinet, high & low whistles and her mandolin to gigs. Occasionally, she plays the piano and has discovered that she enjoys a bit of calling too! In her other life, (I won't call it spare time) she conducts Tale Valley Choir and a school choir, teaches piano and sings.
...has been with the band for many years, though friends with Emma for many more. Until recently, Tim was our caller as well as our pianist, but now prefers to let someone else take the reins and enjoys playing more.
He has been involved in musical activities for ever, whether singing in or playing for a choir or enjoying our practice nights and gigs.
...is a relative newcomer to Slack ma Girdle, having only joined us in 2010, she's also the baby of the band. Along with Martin, Jude plays our melody on either whistle or Bb clarinet.
Jude has been a primary school teacher for.....quite a while, championing music in school as well as teaching clarinet and piano.
Jude also sings and has an actual Degree in Music!
See our Gallery for the less posed look!
...is definitely the newbie, having joined us in 2013. He had no previous history of folk music, (even refusing to dance at gigs he's been to) though he seems to have got the hang of it, and really enjoys it.
The huge smile is possibly due to becoming a Grandad rather than 'saying cheese'!