BiographiesHaving begun his performing career as a guitarist and song writer, Kevin Adams took up the fiddle so he could get to play the tune for a change. In Stocai he constitutes a one man string section, providing rhythm on octave mandolin with fiddle and mandolin leads. He still writes and performs songs for documentary drama productions and BBC Radio broadcasts with the Living Archive Project, and has recently released a CD of his own songs from some of these shows. In another (electric) ceilidh universe he is a member of Stömp.
Nothing if not eclectic, Adam Bushell is close to the heart of all sorts of diverse music scenes. As well as bringing his distinctive groove to Stocai he is the founder and principal percussionist with the Tacet Ensemble, playing the classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and is a regular with orchestras in the Brighton area. On the funky side of town, he plays vibes and percussion with K-Scope, Vogue Gyrator and Urban Myth. On top of all this, he coaches percussion for the Brighton Youth Orchestra and runs the BYO Bashers percussion ensemble and occasionally has time to sleep.
Playing keyboards, Heather Horsley has provided a solid foundation for many bands to build on. Influenced by, and involved in traditional music for many years, she first played with Step and Fetcher from Bampton, Oxfordshire. Continuing with the traditional flavour, she has played with the Old Swan Band since 1983, is a founder member of Token Women, with whom she adds flute, whistle and vocals to her keyboard skills.
Dave Jolly first encountered the world of traditional music as a teenager with Moulton Morris. Since then he has gone on to gain a considerable reputation for his melodeon and concertina playing at clubs and festivals, both with his popular ceilidh band, Pandemonium, and as a solo artist. Dave also runs Jollybox - 'For All Your Squeezables' - a retail outlet providing all types of squeezebox and offering a full range of spares as well as tuning and repair services.
Sheena Masson grew up playing the small-time dance venues of Warwickshire, cut her calling teeth with Northampton's very own Pandemonium and went to London to seek her fortune. She is earning a reputation as one of the country's leading female callers and is the stun-concertina operator with the trendy teen-thrash folksters Stömp. In Stocai, Sheen can be seen underpinning the band's sound with harmonic bassoon lines as well as offering concertina and flute leads.
Chris Walshaw on pipes, flute and whistles has been ceilidh dancing since the tender age of six (with occasional breaks for teenage angst). Perhaps best known for his work with The Duellists with Nigel Eaton and Cliff Stapleton, he is currently a member of Meridian, the Climax Ceilidh Band and Zephyrus, the English Bagpipe Orchestra. In the past, Chris has also performed in Stepback, the percussive & display dance extravaganza, and with The Chase, in their show of new music and dance drawn from European traditions. He has occasionally guested with Chris Wood, Andy Cutting and Cliff in the Waltzer and worked with Jean-Pierre Rasle in his Radio 3 production of Cornemusiques - a potted history of French bagpiping - and its subsequent live performances at venues as diverse as St. Chartier Festival and the Purcell Room.
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