Described by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Folk Show presenter Sue Marchant as ”A bit of treasure”, Frog on a Bike are one of Cambridgeshire's most accomplished and popular ceilidh bands. We also have a highly respected reputation on the wider English ceilidh scene
Featuring some of the most experienced folk dance musicians in the business, Frog on a Bike's vivacious energy, distinctively big folk-rock sound and driving rhythm is guaranteed to have you up and dancing.
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 traditional 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!
To complete our line-up, we draw from a carefully selected complement of friendly, patient and very experienced callers to guide you through each dance.
All in all, we strive to play foot-stomping tunes with verve and vigour, whilst having as much fun up on stage as you are on the dance floor.
We look forward to entertaining you at your ceilidh, festival, wedding, party, or barn dance. You will not be disappointed that you came along for a ride with Frog on a Bike!
Frog on a Bike Festival Band
Frog on a Bike have been forging quite a reputation on the English folk festival dance scene over the last few years. We have played at festivals such as Ely, Whitby, Towersey, Todmorden and Cambridge in the past too much acclaim.
For most festivals, to give us the bigger and more driving sound that befits a larger festival crowd, we generally field a slightly different line-up to our regular private functions. This takes the form of a six piece band known as the Frog on a Bike Festival Band.
In addition to Paul, Sarah, Tim and Tom we are very proud to work with Edwin Beasant & Heather Sirrel, of The Ironmasters and Pilgrims Way, as our bassist and guitarist for this special festival line-up.
Edwin and Heather became involved with Frog on a Bike when they very ably stepped up to the breach as our stand-in rhythm section for Todmorden Folk Festival 2019. We haven't shaken them off since and just love having them on board as part of our folk festival "big band"!
In May 2021, we said a fond fairwell and happy retirement to Lyn and Den Smith, who founded Frog on a Bike in the 1990s and were key members for over 30 years.
Den (drums) started his drumming career in the Boys Brigade at the age of 12 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. He also worked as a professional artist and drew the band’s signature cartoon and Velocipede cover artwork.
Lyn (caller) was also Frog on a Bike’s manager and must have organised hundreds of gigs over the years. Along with Den, she was also involved with the running of Spalding folk club. During their annual Tulip Parade, she would persuade tourists to dance in the street while the folk club played tunes on the folk bus.
We wish them both well as they soak up the sun, grow lots vegetables and look after their chickens in the middle of Lincolnshire.