Meet the Band

MAIN LINE-UP:

Bill SowerbyBill Sowerby
Bill’s been playing in folk bands since he was a lad, and was a regular member of the original Green Ginger Band and the highly acclaimed Yorkshire Garland Band among others. Bill plays fiddle, mandolin and banjo and can turn his hand to guitar and bass as well.

 

 

Jean Wastling (caller and MC)Jean Wastling
Jean has been dancing since she was eight years old, and as a teenager attained teaching standard in ballroom and old-time dancing. She was a member of the Green Ginger Garland Dancers for over 20 years and has also been calling for barn dances for almost as long.

 

 

Tom GaynardTom Gaynard
Tom’s main interest is in Celtic music and he plays a variety of high and low whistles. He joined the band in 1983.

 

 

 

Chris WadeChris Wade
A co-founder of the band, Chris runs the successful folk, roots and world music agency Adastra. She is also artistic director of Beverley Folk Festival. Chris plays bass.

 

 

 

Sam MartynSam Martyn
Sam is the youngster in the band. She is also a member of the Hull folk band Beggar’s Bridge and dances with Green Ginger Garland. Sam plays keyboards.

 

 

GUESTS:

Liz SowerbyLiz Sowerby (caller and MC)
Liz has been a member of the Green Ginger Garland dancers for many years and is also an experienced dance caller, very ably filling Jean’s shoes when needed.

 

 

 

EllieEllie Gaynard
When she’s not busy teaching music in Manchester, the multi-talented Ellie (daughter of Tom) joins us on violin.

 

 

 

GrahamGraham Drew
A long-standing member of the Beverley Garland band, Graham occasionally joins us on guitar.