The Mellstock Band


Dave Townsend

Dave Townsend -
Concertina, Violin, Voice

Dave is the founder and director of The Mellstock Band. He is an acknowledged master of the concertina, composer, researcher and collector of musical traditions, who has provided music for film, television and radio, published books, produced albums, and taught and lectured on many aspects of traditional music.

Tim Hill -
Clarinets, Voice

Tim is an amazing wind player with roots in jazz and contemporary music. He runs the band Tongues of Fire, and performance groups Rag and Bone and Leviathan Whispers, creating myriad haunting musical and multimedia experiences.

Phil Humphries

Phil Humphries -
Serpent, Voice

Phil studied at Trinity College of Music (London) and later became trombonist with the Andy Ross Band, which played for BBC TVís Come Dancing. His interest in early music led him to the serpent. He is currently playing in Purcellís Dido and Aeneas around the world, with the New London Consort directed by Philip Pickett.

Charles Spicer -
Oboes, Voice

Charles studied acting and singing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and theatre at the University of Surrey. He has worked as actor and musician for many theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, and is a former member of The Oxford Waits.

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