Plucky Paul

Paul plays guitar - electric or acoustic, depending on how much electricity we can afford. His range of rhythm-playing techniques covers the gamut from strummy jangle to jangly strum, and everything in-between. He's one of at least 3 genetically Scottish people in the group - let's hope their work permits don't expire soon.
Paul plays guitar – electric or acoustic, depending on how much electricity we can afford. His range of rhythm-playing techniques covers the gamut from strummy jangle to jangly strum, and everything in-between. He’s one of at least 3 genetically Scottish people in the group – let’s hope their work permits don’t expire soon.

Aerobic Anna

Anna plays recorder - yes, one of those blowy things that sounded hellish at school. She makes it sound beautiful though. And weirdly she doesn't seem to need to breathe-in while she's playing. Not sure how that works, but it does. Don't try it at home. She plays penny whistles too. That's an instrument that needs a new name.
Anna plays recorder – yes, one of those blowy things that sounded hellish at school. She makes it sound beautiful though. And weirdly she doesn’t seem to need to breathe-in while she’s playing. Not sure how that works, but it does. Don’t try it at home. She plays penny whistles too. That’s an instrument that needs a new name.

Restless Ruth

Ruth plays accordion - the squeezy thing with the piano keys. She likes to sit down when she plays, but don't let that fool you. Give her a chance and she'll be up there dancing with the crowd (she knows her mazurkas from her gavottes, our Ruth). Our advice is don't give her the chance - we need her onstage.
Ruth plays accordion – the squeezy thing with the piano keys. She likes to sit down when she plays, but don’t let that fool you. Give her a chance and she’ll be up there dancing with the crowd (she knows her mazurkas from her gavottes, our Ruth). Our advice is don’t give her the chance – we need her onstage.

Hyperspace Heather

Heather plays piano - a digital piano usually, which means she plays it with her fingers. It's not as big as a grand piano, but it still sounds big. And grand. And takes up a lot of space. Heather knows all about space. Her other job is being an astronaut (we think that's what it is anyway). She plays mandolin sometimes too.
Heather plays piano – a digital piano usually, which means she plays it with her fingers. It’s not as big as a grand piano, but it still sounds big. And grand. And takes up a lot of space. Heather knows all about space. Her other job is being an astronaut (we think that’s what it is anyway). She plays mandolin sometimes too.

Alarm-clock Adam

Adam plays the percussion - it's a bit like a drum kit, but quicker to pack away. He uses a traditional bodhran for some tunes (looks like a big tambourine with no jingly bits) and other times he'll whack his cajon (basically a tuneful-sounding box seat). Adam knows all about time keeping - he gets up very early in the morning.
Adam plays the percussion – it’s a bit like a drum kit, but quicker to pack away. He uses a traditional bodhran for some tunes (looks like a big tambourine with no jingly bits) and other times he’ll whack his cajon (basically a tuneful-sounding box seat). Adam knows all about time keeping – he gets up very early in the morning.

Loud Lou

Lou is the caller, who guides everyone through the dance steps. She has the energy and enthusiasm to charm even the most reticent guests into dancing and having fun. She'll even play fiddle if pushed - don't push her too hard though, she might just push you back.
Lou is the caller, who guides everyone through the dance steps. She has the energy and enthusiasm to charm even the most reticent guests into dancing and having fun. She’ll even play fiddle if pushed – don’t push her too hard though, she might just push you back.

Whipcrack Will

Will plays mandolin - a deceptively small instrument, which looks like a guitar has mated with a wooden spoon, but in Will's hands it sounds like a mighty freight train pounding along a corrugated iron track. He might play fiddle too, if you push him really hard.
Will plays mandolin – a deceptively small instrument, which looks like a guitar has mated with a wooden spoon, but in Will’s hands it sounds like a mighty freight train pounding along a corrugated iron track. He might play fiddle too, if you push him really hard.