|Old Swan Band|
Years: 1974 - present
Styles: Country, Folk
Rod Stradling - Accordion, Concertina, Melodeon (in band: 1974 - 1982)
Danny Stradling - Bass Drum, Drum, Melodeon, Pedal Bass Synthesizer, Tambourine, Triangle (in band: 1974 - 1982)
Richard Valentine - Piano
Heather Horsley - Keyboards, Piano
Rod Field - Autoharp , Banjo, Mandolin
Fi Fraser - Clarinet, Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin, Viola, Vocals (in band: 1974 - present)
Jo Fraser - Clarinet, Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Vocals, Whistle (in band: 1974 - present)
Martin Brinsford - Drum, Drums, Harmonica, Melodeon, Mouth organ, Percussion, Saxophone, Tambourine (in band: 1974- present)
Paul Burgess - Cornet, Crumhorn, Fiddle, Flute, Mandolin, Piano (in band: 1981 - present)
Flos Headford - Fiddle (in band: 1982 - present)
John Adams - Fiddle, Trombone (in band: 1982 - present)
Neil Gledhill - Bass Guitar, Saxophone (in band: 1989 - present)
Old Swan’s Band style was deliberately slow in an effort to encourage dancers to dance and the band was criticised greatly by less tolerant members of the English Folk Dance and Song Society for ‘playing the wrong tunes for the dances, playing too slow, changing tunes, using melodeons instead of proper instruments like accordions and worst sin of all, using brass instruments’.
A major sea change occurred in 1982 when Rod and Danny Stradling left the band. Considering them irreplaceable in their roles, the decision was made to go for an all fiddle line up which creates another unique sound – the one you have here delivered by founder member Fi, now joined by the formidable talents of Paul Burgess and Flos Headford, leaders in the field of English fiddling.
John Adams joined the brass section after the demise of The New Victory Band, Richard Valentine moved off the piano stool in favour of Heather Horsley and Neil Gledhill was press-ganged into the band playing the rarely heard bass sax.
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