Solo fiddle player: Alison is a confident folk fiddle player with a good knowledge of English, Irish, Scottish and European tunes. She is fluent at both sight-reading and playing by ear, and can be booked as a dep for ceilidh and concert bands, as a session musician, and as a solo fiddle player (including with guitarist) for private functions. You can find more information via Clove Hitch Weddings and Bristol Violinist.
Alison is an experienced folk music session leader, with a wide and varied repertoire of English, Irish and Scottish tunes. She believes firmly in making any session accessible to everyone, and will support even the most timid of players if they have a tune to share. Alison aims to strike a good balance between new tunes and well-known favourites, and between the fast-and-furious and the simpler tune with more space to experiment and learn. Her excellent aural skills mean she is able to join in new tunes immediately, with supportive and sensitive playing. Alison also runs occasional ‘how to blag it’ workshops to pass on tips for joining in sessions, and to gently inform and give confidence to newcomers about session etiquette.
Bristol Ceilidh Quartet: A unique ceilidh band based in Bristol. Our string quartet lineup gives us a very distinctive sound! For more information please visit our website.
The Cunning Plan Ceilidh Band: A Cambridge-based band run by Alison, drawing from a large pool of local talent. High energy foot-stomping is guaranteed! For more information please visit the Cunning Plan website.
Csus4: We’re the South West version of the Cunning Plan – just as much energy and the same great tunes, but with a lineup of local talent. More info here!
Mrs Trevor’s Deep Freeze Secrets: Mrs Trevor’s Deep Freeze Secrets (formerly Run of the Mill) is a group of trad musicians brought together by happy circumstance in the University town of Cambridge. They made their first recording in an underground kitchen on Jesus Lane and have been going strong ever since. They were finalists in the 2007 New Roots Competition and have performed at folk clubs and festivals around the country, including supporting Martin Carthy, Tim Van Eyken and Andy Irvine, as well as Leigh Folk Festival, Durham’s Streets of Folk day and at the Headland Folk Festival in Hartlepool. They are also available as a ceilidh band. Please visit our website for more information.
Licence to Ceilidh: The top ceilidh band for London, Brighton, the South and beyond. Specialising in Scottish ceilidhs, Licence to Ceilidh mixes traditional tunes with a modern funky rhythm section. For more information please visit the Licence to Ceilidh website.