Concertina, Violin & Voice
DAVE TOWNSEND is the band’s director and founder. He is a well-known singer and instrumentalist, and one of the leading researchers in west gallery and village band music. As arranger and composer, he has provided music for film, television, radio and theatre, and for numerous recording projects. He has published books and taught and lectured on many aspects of traditional and early music.
Violin & Voice
CAROLINE BUTLER is a singer of wide experience, performing with choirs, madrigal groups and various folk harmony singing outfits. She was the lead singer and fiddler with the folk-rock band Jumpleads, and plays with early music group The Oxford Waits and the dance band Geckoes. She has recorded and guested with The Mellstock Band on many occasions, and now takes her place as a regular member.
Clarinets & Voice
TIM HILL is an inventive wind player and composer whose background performing on clarinet, saxophone and flute embraces early music, free improvisation, theatrical performance art and mainstream jazz. He runs the contemporary street band Tongues of Fire, and performance groups Rag and Bone and Leviathan Whispers, creating myriad haunting musical and multimedia experiences.
Serpent & Voice
PHIL HUMPHRIES studied at Trinity College, London, and embarked on a career as a big-band trombonist with The Andy Ross Orchestra, which played for the original BBC TV Come Dancing. After returning to his native Dorset, he became involved in early music, and is now one of the country’s leading serpent players. He is a member of The London Serpent Trio and guests regularly with various orchestras and early music ensembles including the New London Consort.