The Band

We have played together for many years in bands and sessions and this band was formed both out of friendship and a love for the music we play.  We enjoy performing as a solo band, as well as for dances and ceilidh.

The Burdocks have a core membership of six professional musicians, which is supplemented with our extended family of guest artists allowing us to be flexible, and available throughout the year.

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The family

Gerry Smith - accordion
Gerry has performed with numerous bands since the 80’s including World Service, The Nighthawks, Mack and the Boys, and Last Orders. He was with the highly successful folk rock band The Bushbury’s for ten years producing many critically acclaimed albums and touring over 500 festivals and venues in the UK and Europe. His compositions have been performed many times for radio and theatre.
Ann Jones - fiddle, viola
Ann has been performing professionally for twenty five years, with bands from KLLB, Seby Ntege and Embaire strikes back, to The Bow Bells, Mama Matrix and Escalado. Since training at RCM she has defected from classical music to explore world folk, and her energetic musicianship and warm harmonies bring fresh ideas to the traditional dance tunes on which she was raised.
Vicki Ayers - bodhran, percussion, band manager
Vicki was actually conceived at a folk festival and was raised on scrumpy and pounding Irish rhythms! She has played the bodhran since childhood and has performed and recorded with many bands including Common Ground, Wet ya Whistle and Last Orders. A keen dancer herself, her funky rhythms will get your feet moving.
Mick Howson - guitar, hurdy gurdy
Mick has been playing professionally since the 60’s and has supported Thin Lizzy, The Kinks, Dire Straits and the Pogues. With the cult skiffle cow-punk band Terry and Gerry, he toured throughout the UK and Europe achieving chart success. More recently he has played in the Kitchen Girls, Last Orders and the gypsy-klezma band, The Destroyers. He has recently toured again with Terry and Gerry.
Dan Longley - resident caller, mandolin, admin
Dan draws inspiration from the Celtic folk dance tradition and beyond including Klezmer, French, Dutch and American influences. He can design with you something special for the occasion: past examples include children's dances, bottle and costumed dances, and dancing through candle-lit gardens. Dan currently runs barn dance fitness classes in South Birmingham
Belinda Hutchings - flute, whistle, caller
Belinda is a keen session player and has played flute and whistle with the Irish tradition in Birmingham for a long time. In recent years she has been playing with Cuckoos Nest Ceilidh band, Last Orders, Celtic Keys (Canadian dance) and mediaeval music with Tekaro.
Sam Norman - fiddle
Samantha played with the folk-orchestra Conservatoire Folk Ensemble before becoming a founding member of English folk band the Old Dance School, described as a "Cinematic Folk Septet". Frequently featured on BBC Radio 2, they have toured extensively in the UK and Europe to much critical acclaim. Sam also performs with the RSC.
Aidan O'Brien - singer, pipes, guitar
From Birmingham to Dublin & back again, Aidan joins us on guitar & uilleann pipes. A renowned singer/songwriter in his own right he has also recorded with Andrew Strong (The Commitments), The Duggan Brothers (Clannad), & John Richardson. He has toured internationally with The Dublin Philharmonic & recently played with Celtic Clan.
Mike Finney - guitar, vocals, djembe
Mike graduated from 4 strings to 6 at the tender age of 12, cutting his teeth on the local folk circuit before an apprenticeship with the Irish pubs and clubs in the Birmingham area. More recently, Mike toured with Kopanang as a tenor and multi-instrumentalist.
Lucy Hill - fiddle
Lucy has been playing fiddle professionally for over 20 years, in ceilidh band A Band Called Frank, in punk folk band Johnny Was and touring the UK and Europe in folk rock band Eddy Morton and the Bushburys.
Emma Louis - fiddle
Emma has been playing in folk and ceilidh bands for many years including Common Ground and the Village Wakes, as well as world music group Kopanang. She is a keen session player, having developed her knowledge of Irish fiddle music with the late Galway fiddler Pat Molloy. A founder of the band, Emma now does the occasional gig.

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