Erin first began calling in 2016 with her first casual gig at a friend’s party where dancing went on until the early hours of the morning! Following on from this, Erin now performs The Hilltop Ceilidh Band. One of the biggest achievements of her life so far is alternative folk-punk-rock band, Foot Down. Formed in 2015 as a duo collaboration of herself on whistles and James Kerry on melodeon, Foot Down has gained strength in numbers and is now a 5-piece line-up which performs at festivals across the UK and is gaining a large following! Erin also plays wind with the Hilltop Ceilidh Band.
Jon Dyer is an experienced folk musician, performer and caller based in Devon. Playing for his first ceilidh at the age of 12, Jon went on to gain a music degree and now works for Wren Music, where he runs regular workshops and ensembles. Jon’s friendly, relaxed and inclusive approach to calling is earning him a growing reputation on the UK ceilidh circuit. Jon also plays wind with the Hilltop Ceilidh Band.
James Kerry is an experienced and talented musician. He is well known on the folk scene both as a solo player and as a member of folk-rock band Foot Down and The Hilltop Ceilidh Band. He can be seen regularly performing and teaching at festivals all over the country and abroad.
Pip Ives was born in Hastings in 1987, into a family of musicians and Morris Dancers. At eight years old he took up the Anglo concertina and at ten, the melodeon. Since then his musical career has taken him in many different directions and led him to study Folk music at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2006. Since being back, Pip can often be seen performing at folk clubs, festivals, pub gigs and ceilidhs.
Danny is a Button Accordionist with 16 yrs experience playing with ceilidh bands and session work with bands across south coast . Strong Irish influences on playing including Sharron Shannon. Currently playing with original info-folk band The Day of the Rabblement and teaching music in SEN/Behaviour Schools in Hampshire.
Lewis Wood is a folk violinist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Worcester, currently based in Hampshire. He is gaining an excellent reputation as a musician on the English folk scene, particularly with the trio Granny’s Attic (BBC Radio 2 young folk award nominees). He is most noted for playing tunes in the English tradition, however his repertoire also covers the rest of the British Isles, France, Scandinavia, North America and beyond, and he is also an inventive accompanier of traditional song.
Will Allen is a highly skilled fiddler performing an extensive repertoire of traditional dance tunes. Will’s music takes influences from all over the globe and he is known for his unique minimalistic approach to making music. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Competition.
Will is also a proud member of electrifying ceilidh band Urban Folk Theory with which he has performed at some of the UK’s biggest folk festivals. Will also plays accordion with the Hilltop Ceilidh Band.
Hannah has been playing fiddle from the age of 12 and has had a love of folk music from the word go. Her fiddle style is full and joyful as well as sweet and sensitive. She loves to improvise too, just give her a key signature and she’s away. Hannah has a lot of experience working in bands, workshop leading and solo performing, however the joy and enthusiasm for music is obvious when she plays with groups of wonderful, talented musicians. Not only does she play fiddle and sing, she is a keen caller too, guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Mark Mansfield is a highly skilled guitarist and has been part of the Hilltop Ceilidh Band right from the start! He has years of experience performing with bands of all different genres but has always had a soft spot for traditional music and ceilidh!
Dan has been playing regularly on the folk festival scene for just over 14 years. Despite a strong Rock/metal band background during his teens he has remained close to his folk roots thanks to his parents taking him to festivals from a very young age whilst they danced for their midlands based morris side ‘Hereburgh’.
Dan first learned guitar at the age of 8 and got to meet many folk musicians at various music sessions at locations such as Sidmouth, Whitby, Warwick & Bromyard. It was here where he picked up tips to allow a distinct powerful style to his guitar playing which has enabled him to drive the ceilidh band with a variety of chords, tempo and general exciting crescendo build-up regardless of the tune. As a result, Dan is fortunate to be very much in demand on the UK ceilidh band scene at present. and can also be found playing bass guitar, acoustic/electric guitar and bouzouki all over the country. As well as the Hilltop Ceilidh Band, you can find Dan on stage with Will Pound’s Relentless Ceilidh Band and Urban Folk Theory.
Dave Malkin is a guitarist, composer and arranger based in South London. He studied the guitar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, where he graduated in 2014. He is one half of the duo Dipper Malkin, featuring John Dipper on the unusual 14-string viola d’amore. Their debut album was included in The Times ‘Best 100 Albums of 2017’. He has performed alongside everyone from the London Philharmonic Orchestra to ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ lyricist Charles Hart. He is a well respected educator and has coached for Aldeburgh Young Musician’s at Snape Maltings, and has been guest speaker on the traditional music of England at Christchurch College, Oxford.
Andrew is a musician and teacher based near Glastonbury. He studied music at Canterbury Christ Church University where he majored in double bass and composition. After graduating in 2007 Andrew began performing professionally, including a stint as a touring circus musician. Andrew became involved with the folk music scene in 2012 and has played at nearly 200 ceilidhs since then. He is also a qualified primary school teacher and teaches part-time in a local school. Andy also plays guitar and occasionally keyboard with the Hilltop Ceilidh Band.
Mikee Stockwell hails from Broadstairs in Kent. Attending Broadstairs Folk Week since he was in nappies it was inevitable that he would enter the world of folk music. Having danced with various morris sides over the years he eventually took up playing while living in Essex, honing his skills at various sessions all over the South East. Strings are his passion playing bass, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and also singing. Mikee can also be found playing bass with Foot Down bringing a tantalising twist to traditional music.
Pete Ord is well known in the UK folk scene as a musician, producer and educator. With many years of experience performing at ceilidhs throughout the country, you are sure to enjoy his company. Pete is also a very popular Hilltop Ceilidh Band guitarist!
Steve is a self taught musician and has been working as a professional drummer, gigging, recording and teaching for over 35 years. Born in London and spending many years working with London based bands, Steve has played at top London and UK venues and events such as Glastonbury Festival, Notting Hill Carnival, Womad, Hammersmith Apollo and more!
Paul Quarry has been playing drums and percussion since the age of twelve. When he’s not in the Hilltop Band engine room, Paul gigs and records with Oklahoma-born Alt Country singer songwriter Bob Collum and drums for cover band Something For The Weekend. He’s a specialist in the obscure art of Swiss Military Drumming and is a member of the Basel-based drum and pipe group Schnurebegge 1926. He plays squeezebox too.