MEET THE BAND
I Knitter’s Jig is based in the Midlands and its usual line up is between 3 and 4 musicians (with caller) depending on the type of event and budget. All band members are fine musicians with many years experience of playing for both concerts and dances. The core line up includes Alice on fiddle, Nick on accordion and Glen on double bass and bodhran with one of the musicians (usually Alice or Glen) doubling as caller. This line up can be complimented by adding additional musicians (Dale on guitar and/or Olive on fiddle) or a dedicated caller if required.
I Alice is the band leader and has been playing in English country dance bands since she was 13. She is an exceptionally fine fiddle player and accomplished caller. She also has a good turn of speed for lively Scottish and Irish jigs and reels and will usually play a selection at each event.
I Nick is an exceptionally skilful piano accordion player and guitarist. He has been playing accordion for over 30 years and guitar for more years than he likes to let on. Nick has played regularly in several dance bands and Morris sides. He has duo'd with Alice for several years and is a keen supporter of early English music.
I Glen is the final core member of the band. He plays double bass, guitar and bodhran (not all at the same time) - and will be the caller at many of the dances. Glen has been around the music scene for many years playing with a number of folk and covers bands.
I Dale has been playing guitar since he was 10 and has performed in many bands including Cernewoda, BKTB, We Can Be Astronauts and Malarkey Ceilidh Band. He is an accomplished musician on button accordion, electric/acoustic guitars and mandolin. Dale joins us whenever he is available.
I Olive plays fiddle and produces fine harmonies and counter melodies perfectly complimenting Alice and Nick’s melodies. She regularly plays in other bands but we are always pleased when she is able to join us at gigs and add that little bit of sparkle to the sound.