Catherine – Caller
Catherine has been calling for over 15 years for both experienced folk dancers and complete beginners who just want to have a good time. She is able to call an extensive range of folk dances, catering for all tastes, themes and abilities and her talents extend to being able to do this in French and/or whilst being tackled by drunken rugby players.
As a teacher, Catherine has plenty of patience, explaining each dance clearly and simply but does not expect perfection, “just a smile on people’s faces at the end of the dance”.
Catherine has been an active and enthusiastic member of North West Clog Morris sides for over 25 years.
Jon – Bass, Sound.
After strumming around on a six string guitar for his own amusement in the 70’s, he became the rhythm guitarist for many years in a local folk/rock band, performing at many festivals including Sidmouth. As a keen lighting and soundman, Jon moved away from the guitar to become sound engineer for Economy 7, a semi-professional folk band based in Colchester. After many years of gigging, the band finally hung up their instruments so Jon decided to form Most Unexpected. As they had already found a guitarist, Jon suddenly had to learn bass especially for the band! Luckily this was not a problem for an already accomplished musician.
In his spare time Jon is a founder member and Melodeon player for Crouch Vale Clog Morris (A mixed North West Clog dance side) and travels to festivals and local pubs to perform and drink Red Fox ales of The Red Fox Brewery, Coggeshall where he is assistant to Russ (owner and head brewer).
Mark – Melodeon
Mark has always been interested in every form of music (anything from electronica to heavy rock, from Pink Floyd to Puccini, oh, and even in a bit of traditional music!)
In the early days of Dr. Who, when a small Cossor black and white television stood in pride of place in the family lounge, Mark was absolutely captivated by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s theme music for the show and wanted so much to join them
However, parental pressure “to get a proper job” followed and this dream was never realised. (just as well for local barn dancers!!)
Mark tried playing a number of instruments in his formative years.
These included piano, violin, guitar, recorder, penny whistle and even alto saxophone before, in his early 20’s, and thankfully for his neighbours, Mark picked up his brother’s single row Hohner melodeon AND WAS HOOKED!
Often looking back, but never actually GOING back, the melodeon led Mark,in the mid 1970’s, to his joining his first band, to playing for several morris dance sides (even forming one of them) and to generally continuing to absorb a wide range of musical ideas from around the world.
To say that music is one of Mark’s real passions is, er, well, something of an understatement!!
Having been an inaugural member of the very popular Essex based folk/rock barn dance band Economy Seven in the early ‘90s, until leaving at the end of the ‘90’s, Mark’s passion for traditional music continued to increase, particularly in the area of Irish traditional music.
This passion for a “bit o’ the Oirish” is plainly audible in Mark’s playing.
After Economy Seven, Mark spent a few years resting, and some guesting with other bands ensued during the early years of the “noughties” until Mark was invited to join a band that soon metamorphosed into Most Unexpected.
The rest, as they say, is history…(and we’ll have no age-ist comments here please………!!)
Info to follow
JP – Percussion, flute, Guitar
Nikki – Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Nikki began playing in the 70’s in Folk clubs in the Midlands as a singer songwriter and with Folk duo Kandi.
She moved to London in 1979 with a publishing deal with Chappels and management with Trigger Management.
After living in America for some time, she returned to the UK and studied painting in the studio of Joan Wills VPSWA and continues a career as an artist today. She formed the all-girl rock band ‘The Sirens’ in the late 80’s before buying Sync City Studios in London in the mid 90’s, where she produced bands such as Coldplay (Parlaphone) and Keane (RCA) amongs others. Having sold the studios in 2005 (now Bally studios), today she has returned to her folk and acoustic roots once again.