Meet the Band
Frog on a bike ceilidh band

Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band

Meet the Band

 

Frog on a Bike has over 100 years of musicianship  between them and look forward to entertaining you at your ceilidh, barn dance, wedding or festival.

 

Our repertoire is rooted in English folk music, both traditional and contemporary. We also boast two very talented tunesmiths of our own.

 

However, plenty of Scottish, Irish and sometimes even French tunes are usually thrown into the mix just for good measure. We can also muster up a fine bit of harmony for some folk songs too!

 

All in all, we strive to play foot-stomping tunes with verve and vigour. We like to have as much fun up on stage as you do on the dance floor, so we can guarantee that you will not be able to resist getting on your feet.

Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band
Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band - Tom

Tom: Melodeons, Concertina


Tom has been involved in traditional music and dance since the age of ten, when his primary school performed at the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival. He took up the melodeon aged 12 and has played for several Morris sides – currently he is the lead musician for Chiltern Hundreds North West Clog Morris and is a founder member of Rockingham Rapper.


He was a New Roots finalist in 2005 and has driven the Straw Bear several times.


Tom composes many original tunes, most of which we play on a regular basis. One of Tom's tune's, "The Well-Hung Turkey", has been in the repertoire of celebrated ceilidh band Random for many years.

Sarah: Recorders


Sarah has been writing tunes and songs ever since she learned to talk. She sung in four different continents with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain in the 1990s, and also played in the now-defunct folk duo Full Tilt before joining Frog on a Bike.


She is also the lead musician for Rockingham Rapper, and can play Speed the Plough in 17.5 seconds – with an award from Whitby Folk Week to prove it!

Frog on a Bike ceilidh band - Sarah
Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band - Tim (Photo: Carl Turner)

Tim: Fiddle, Hardanger Fiddle, Mandolin, Octave Mandola

 

Tim joined Frog on a Bike in 2014, coming in from several years as a regular gigging member of the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band.

 

Classically trained to Grade 5, Tim has been exclusively playing folk music, with particular emphasis on the English tradition, since around 2007. Over the years, Tim's main influences on his particular style have been musicians such as Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie, Dave Swarbrick and Ric Sanders, to name but a few.

 

With 4 instruments on stage, and a grand total of 28 strings to tune between them, Tim usually has to arrive at gigs sooner than most. But not many ceilidh bands can boast a Hardanger Fiddle amongst their arsenal!

 

Away from the band, Tim is a Violin Maker, Morris dancer and currently principal musician for Cambridge based Cotswold side Granta Blue Morris, having also danced and played in the past with Cambridge Morris Men and Old Speckled Hen Morris respectively. In additon, he is also currenty a musician for Ely & Littleport Riot Border Morris.

 

Phil: Bass


Phil has been playing in and around Cambridgeshire since the early 70s, mostly in folk or folk rock bands, duos and trios.


He will have a bash at most stringed instruments (except for fiddle; he leaves that to Tim) plus keyboards and even a Bb tuba !!!


Phil is semi retired now, so if not playing, you'll most likely find him gardening or at a fishing lake near you!

Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band - Phil
Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band - Den

Den : Drums and Percussion


Den is a founder member of Frog on a Bike and started his drumming career in the Boys Brigade at the age of 12.


He’s been involved in the folk scene for many years, ran the Spalding Folk Club and once had a long bodhran solo immortalised on BBC Radio 2's folk show as their introduction to a broadcast from Revesby Folk Day.


As well as being our intrepid drummer, Den is also our resident artist. Our album covers and our signature band cartoon are all the work of his talented hands!



Lyn: Manager and in-house Caller


Without Lyn, Frog simply would not function. As well as being our resident caller, she’s the one who organises all our gigs and makes sure that the band are ready to make your occasion a perfect success.


Lyn was also involved with the running of the Spalding folk club and, during the annual Tulip Parade, persuaded tourists to dance in the street while the folk club played tunes on the folk bus.


At our gigs, once Lyn has given our dancers a chance for bit of a breather, you can normally find her joining in with the rest of the band on autoharp, maracas, triangle or tambourine for our between-dance sets.

Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band - Lyn
Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band - Froggy

Froggy!


Froggy (renamed umpteen times by small children at weddings) is the last survivor from a 1920s Leeds Theatre production of Toad of Toad Hall. 


He is made of rag and wood and originally held a flame on a stick which ‘lime lit' the stage. Rescued from the abandoned theatre and lovingly renovated, he is now as much a member of the band as the rest of us.


He has been on stage for longer than we have, so as you can tell, he is very professional!


Special Guests 


If one of our core line-up can't make a gig, we often call on friends of the band to help us out.

So, you may just find us playing with one of these wonderful musicians at your future event or festival ceilidh!


Our Regulars 

Paul T.J. O'Neill


Paul is our go to drummer if ever Den can't make a gig. He has provided the 

driving force to our rhythm section on many occasions, including when we played Towersey Festival in 2018. We just love how folk-rock we can get when playing with him!



Along with being a founder member of The Bolton Iron Maiden, Paul has a mightily impressive CV, which you can find out more about on his website: http://paultjoneill.com/


Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band - Guest Drummer: Paul T.J. O'Neill
Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band - Guest Caller: Paul Martin
Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band - Guest Caller: Stephanie Martin

Paul & Stephanie Martin


Paul or Stephanie Martin are our go to callers if Lyn can't do a gig or if we aren't playing with a well known caller at a festival.


Both Paul & Stephanie are very expirenced callers and call regularly with variouse bands, but particularly with the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band.


Edwin Beasent & Heather Sirrel


Edwin and Heather, of The Ironmasters and Pilgrims Way, are fast becoming our go to team for long distance festivals. They very ably stepped up to the breach when we played Todmorden Folk Festival 2019.


They will be joining us again for Todmorden 2020 and Sidmouth Folk Festival 2020.


We love playing with them so much that it is more than likely you will see them in the line-up at many a future festival!

Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band - Guest Bassist & Drummer: Heather Sirrel & Edwin Beasent

We have also had the pleasure to play alongside the following musicians.  

Will Sivier


Will helped us out on drums when we played Haddenham Har-Fest 2019.


Tim Walker


Tim Walker, of Banter, was kind enough to oblige us on drums when we played our second ceilidh of the weekend at Towersey 2018. He even called from the drum kit!


Dave Wolfe


Dave kindly filled in for Phil on bass when we played Cambridge City Roots and The Round Ceilidh in 2018.





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