Silver Street Ceilidh Band is Martin, Beth, Joe and Will. Read on to find out a bit more about us…
Martin Clarke – ceilidh band caller and fiddle
Martin is a hugely experienced caller of ceilidh dances and fiddle player. He has boundless enthusiasm for getting everyone involved. Combining that with his and simple, patient instructions for the dances, means everyone has loads of fun. He loves nothing more than a room full of people throwing themselves at the fine line between awesome ceilidh dancing and total mayhem! Martin also performs with concert duo Brown Boots and with award-winning Tower Ravens sword dancers
Beth Chamberlain – ceilidh band lead fiddle
Beth leads our music with her flamboyant, virtuoso fiddle playing. As a supremely talented musician, her driving melodies alone are enough to get even the most reluctant dancer’s feet tapping. Before coming to London, Beth cut her cloth playing with the Tyne Valley’s leading ceilidh and barn dance band, Hedgehog’s Skin.
Joe O’Connor – button accordion
Joe’s beautiful playing perfectly complements Beth’s soaring fiddle tunes. His warm, rich tone won him a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award in 2007 with his band, Last Orders. He was also a solo runner-up in 2006. Joe’s CV includes performing with Kathryn Tickell Band, Alistair Anderson, Louis Killen and The Old Rope String Band.
Will Chamberlain – piano
Will’s punky piano beats really underpin the whole feel of the band’s music. He is an expert improviser, able to shape the mood and colour of the music. His playing really gives the dancers a lift when they most need it. It adds not just energy and drive to the sound, but also a bit of tongue-in-cheek silliness to the music. Watch out for the band sharing a ‘musical joke’ with each other mid-set!