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Neil is a Cheshire fiddler, singer, melodeon player, dance caller, and dance tune researcher, performing in UK folk clubs and festivals with singer Chris Bartram and melodeon player Tony Weatherall, and also as part of The Shropshire Heroes dance band. His family included clog dancers and an uncle who made many recordings of traditional East Anglian musicians and singers in the early 1960's. As a youngster he played alongside traditional musicians of the Irish community in Manchester, but in later years developed an interest in Cotswold Morris and more recently in the study of local dance tunes from 19th century manuscripts, which has proved a popular subject for his fiddle and tune workshops as well as a theme for two critically acclaimed CD recordings.
A Folk Camp regular. He plays melodeon & English concertina and is a very experienced band leader and good-humoured dance caller, with a range of unusual dances and interesting tunes. He’s also the composer of several Folk Camp favourite dance tunes. Personal highlights over the last 20 years include: Founder of the „Well - Dressed Band“; Co-organiser and tutor for the annual Swaledale Squeeze for concertina players; Tutor at Poynton Ceilidhs ‘Caller Workshop Day’ 2015; Festival Orchestra Leader at Whitby Folk Festival for several years; In 2009 played the concertina on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London for an hour as part of Antony Gormley’s ‘One & Other’ artwork.
A fanatical concertina and melodeon player. A qualified music teacher and experienced organizer of folk events for all ages. For many years he has been a dedicated and enthusiastic leader of the Folk Camp youth and children’s band.