2017 is Pete's fiftieth year as a performer. He began playing in 1967 in those heady days of the folk boom. Over these years he has been involved in many of the music events in the North West of England such as concerts at the Southport Atkinson, Southport Theatre and Floral Hall. He is a long time resident singer at the world famous Bothy Folk Club in Southport and is also frequent performer at a number of folk clubs and festivals and concerts and is a regular player at the Fylde Folk Festival. Pete is a highly skilled folk guitarist with a very relaxed vocal style and has a self-effacing sense of humour that his audience love. He is a prolific songwriter with musical tastes that run from 60's folk icons such as Dylan, Donovan, McTell to blues and jazz standards. He has played with in duos with Bev Sanders and Bill Hackney and recorded several CD's with Bill and others. Pete also plays with folk band Gallimaufry.
Bill started playing music as a teenager in the mid 1960’s, following a route from Skiffle, Rock ’n Roll, The Beatles, and the blues influences of The Rolling Stones. The Folk Boom was well under way, and he started attending clubs in Manchester, enjoying any folk/blues guitar players, notably Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, and John Renbourn. This had a huge influence on Bill, and introduced him to other forms of music, including Jazz, and “World Music". Bill was also influenced by the music of Zappa, Hendrix, Steely Dan, John Martyn, Bob Marley, and J.J. Cale. For the last 20 odd years, Bill has been a Resident of Southport’s Bothy Folk Club. This association has led to him playing in all manner of situations, festivals and venues in the North West. Bill is a terrific solo guitarist and singer, but these days he is more often seen in the company of fellow co-conspiritors - “ Untrained melody”. “I’ve spent a long time trying to unravel the mysteries of playing music, and 50 years down the line - I’m still unravelling !”
Mike first played bass in a blues band at Manchester University in the sixties. Business commitments prevented Mike from playing bass again until he and his wife moved the Isle of Wight after early retirement from the IT industry. In 2008 he was asked to join the Hillmans Bluesband after they heard him playing at a local guitar club. He played with the band all over the South of England, typically sixty gigs a year. He also played in the Hooleys, a local Irish folk band on the Isle of Wight. Mike plays bass in a lyrical, driving style on left-handed custom acoustic and electric basses made by Irish luthier Chris Larkin. His musical tastes run from traditional folk music to JJ Cale, Clapton and the Stones. Mike and his wife Val moved to Lancashire in 2015. He met Pete and Bill at the Bothy Folk Club in April 2016 and so the trio was formed.