Meet the Band

Meet the Band

 

Cambridge and South Lincolnshire based Frog on a Bike have been collectively playing folk music for many years.

 

We play mainly traditional and contemporary English folk tunes, but also boast our own compositions amongst our repertoire. However, plenty of Scottish, Irish and even French tunes are always thrown in just for good measure. We even sing songs too!

 

Our rhythmic and enthusiastic playing style has delighted crowds at Ceilidhs for weddings, parties and festivals throughout the East of England and beyond.

 

We make a big fun sound that's guaranteed to have you up and dancing.

 

FB Ceilidh Band

Tom

 

Melodeons and Concertina

 

Tom has been involved in traditional music and dance since the age of ten and first took up dancing at the age of eleven with a local Sword Dance group. He has also been in Frog nearly the longest.

Our rather fine melodeon player is our lead musciain and has been playing the melodeon since the age of twelve, starting off as the musician for the Wype Doles Longsword. Since then he has been a New Roots Competition Finalist and produced his first solo album titled Before & Beyond.

Away from Frog, Tom regularly plays as the lead musician for Chiltern Hundreds North West Clog Morris and is a founder member of Rockingham Rapper. He is also a long standing member of the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, of which he has been a Straw Bear.

 

Tom's instruments are:

- B. Loffet D/G & Bb/Eb Melodeons - Sandpiper C/F Melodeon

- Wheatstone Concertina

Let us introduce ourselves

 

 

Sarah

 

Recorders

 

Sarah takes no prisoners when it comes to timing, drive and lift within the music. She is a classically trained singer and a talented tune and songwriter.

Away from Frog, Sarah is the musician for Rockingham Rapper and also dances North West Clog Morris with Chiltern Hundreds.

Tim

 

Fiddle, Hardanger Fiddle, Mandolin and Mandola

 

Tim joined Frog in 2014 fresh from the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band, replacing melodeon player Serena on the line-up.

 

Tim has been playing folk music for at least the last fifteen years. However, once he'd been to his very first Fairport Convention concert in 2006, he was hooked for life.

 

Since then, Tim's main playing influences have been muscians such as Chris Leslie, Dave Swarbrick and Ric Sanders, to name but a few.

 

Tim usually has to arrive at gigs sooner than most as he has a total of 28 strings on stage to tune.

 

Away from Frog, Tim is a violin maker, Morris dancer and main musician for Cambridge based Cotswold side Granta Blue Morris.

 

 

Tim's instruments are:

- 1910 French Trade Violin (with Pirastro Obligato strings and Fishmann V-200 pickup)

- Sparrow 2012 Hardanger Fiddle

- Eastman MD515 F5 Mandolin (with D'addario EJ74 strings and L.R Baggs Radius pickup)

- Richwood Octave Mandola

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!

Lyn

 

Manager and in-house Caller

 

Without Lyn, Frog simply would not function. As well as being our resident caller, she deals with all of our gigs and, most importantly, makes sure we all get paid at the end of the night!

 

Lyn is married to Den, so their folk history has run along similar lines (except perhaps for the Boys Brigade). The four girls they have together carry on the folk dancing tradition into the next generation.

 

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.

 

She played autoharp for the Rusty Bucket Band and eventually, being a keen dancer, became their caller.

 

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.

Den

 

Drums and Percussion

 

Den is a founder member of Frog 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, having played the bodhran in folk clubs and even pub sessions with the likes of the Doonans and the Oyster Band.

 

He ran the Spalding Folk Club for some time and led the 'Folk Bus' for the annual Spalding Tulip Parade dressed as the Green Man.

 

Den drummed for the Rusty Bucket Band for some years 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!

 

 

The Frog

 

Mascot and Frontman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 had a flame on a stick which ‘lime lit' the stage.

 

Many years ago he was rescued from the abandoned and long since gone theatre, lovingly renovated and 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!

 

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