Our main line-up for barn dance or ceilidh is Mike on accordion, Ted on guitar, Luke on percussion, plus
caller. We can add a fourth musician - usually a violinist if your budget allows. We often take 2 bookings per
night - the format of our second band will often be violin, guitar and drums plus caller - again with the
option of a bigger band if required. For a Country & Western themed evening we can include our singer/barn
& line dance caller Amanda. We have a number of musicians (some shown below) who guest for us if any of
our regular band members are unavailable, or when running a second band. We work with a number of experienced
callers from the south of England, all used to providing a fun evening of barn dancing for all ages and
abilities. We play a mixture of English, Irish, Scottish and American styles of music and can tailor our tunes
and dances to suit your event. For Burns Nights Ted is available to address the haggis (
see video clip
on this link).
Started piano lessons aged 8, and playing the church organ from 15. Mike took up the accordion while
working in Bahrain (1985) and continued on his return to UK. Mike runs the folk session at the Ship Inn,
on a Tuesday night.
Mike’s other passions are cycling, skiing and his local
Luke on percussion has been with the band since it started in 1997. Learnt drums while at
school/college and played drums for local bands before becoming full time drummer with Woodsiders.
Luke's hobbies include snowboarding & kite surfing.
Ted's first guitar was an electric one and, despite a reputation for being a bit of
a folk singer, he remains a rhythm and blues man at heart. His heroes are Jack Bruce, John Mayall and
Robert Wyatt. Ted also plays guitar, tin whistle, banjo, trombone and baritone horn, with Americana/folk
Schiehallion Creek" and the pub band "Billy Dooz". Ted
loves gadgets and is "never knowingly out-geeked". Ted is
available to address the haggis at Burns nights - see video clip
Has been playing violin since junior school and currently plays for
Wickham Morris, Billy Dooz pub band, folk band - Schiehallion Creek and 'guesting' in various
folk bands including Woodsiders. John has played international football - he was the regular right back
for ASL Chavenay veterans – a team better known for its eating and drinking abilities, than its football
Amanda started calling & singing with Woodsiders in 2016.
For a C&W themed event she can
include C&W singing and a line dance or two.
For Irish nights she can lead Irish standards to complement the dancing and instrumentals from the band.
She enjoys singing in a local choir, and dancing. She is part of a
school doing tap and jazz.
Other interests are skiing and keep fit.
Graham bought his first guitar back in 1966 for £5, is self taught and played at University in a
folk/rock duo called Blue Lake Two. Took up Morris Dancing in 1988 with Tricolex as the caller/dancer,
then progressed to dance and play (banjolin) with Wickham Morris. Played bass in a church music group -
Ruach and a member of th Billy Dooz band. Graham now enjoys fixing anything electronic or electrical – but
prefers to his music.
Lucy has played the fiddle from the age of 5, and played with her first folk group in her early teens.
She later went on to study violin at University. Since graduating, Lucy has worked as a freelance
session player, mostly for singer/songwriters and producers in Bournemouth and London. One of her
highlights is playing the Rosebowl Stadium with her band in 2011. Lucy also teaches violin and singing.
Lucy & Stephen
also play as duo Songbird Live
Barbara came from California as a student with 2 suitcases and has stayed ever since. She
has had a rewarding career teaching Performing Arts and has enjoyed calling for many events over the years
from London to the south coast.
André joined the band in 2019. Classically trained to grade 8 piano, and enjoys drama and
musical theatre. He is in the chorus of the Winchester Theatre panto in 2021, and plays in worship bands.
He also plays trombone with the Albion band. He has a wide musical ‘taste’, and enjoys the camaraderie of
playing in a band. His interests include board games, basketball, skiing, and gym workouts. Great to have
him helping lift the gear!
Martin is a Caller who focuses on one word. Fun! He took up 'Calling' in 1987 and hasn't
looked back since. He calls dances from England, Ireland, Scotland, Europe and the US of A (OK, he knows
one Welsh dance). He has run and been in bands since a school boy and his musical background covers a
number of instruments (drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals) across a broad church of styles: Folk;
Traditional; Indy; Rock; Ska; Pop; Church; Pantomime (It's behind him); and Jazz.
I like to go to gigs and have a varied taste in music. From classics to rock, Deep Purple / Iron Maiden
to steam punk, Professor Elemental / Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five.
I enjoy playing guitar in the Woodsiders and seeing people enjoying the dancing.