The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Band Members

Anne Gill
Steve Gill
Sophia Colkin
Nick Scott
Uillean pipes and Bodhran
Andy Clarke
Guitar, Bouzouki

Anne Gill

Anne’s love of traditional song and dance goes back to the early 70’s when she was a regular singer at Newton Abbot Folk Club and went to all the Ceilidhs going.
A founder member of The Teign Ladies Morris who danced Cotswold (sadly now defunct) and also a nifty Rapper Dancer with Mummers Pride Rapper who hung up their swords a few years ago now. As an experienced Ceilidh dancer, Anne can handle most situations in her calm manner and loves the challenge of getting non dancers of all ages to feel at ease and enjoy it. When she gets the chance to dance herself, Irish Set is her passion.
Anne is also very involved in the organisation of Teignmouth Mid Summer Folk Festival and also in the new Totnes Folk Song Club, and if that’s not enough she is Chairman of the Devon Folk Committee.

Steve Gill
Steve first fell in love with traditional music when he was introduced to Fairport Convention at school. Since those early days, 35 years ago, his taste has altered quite considerably and now favours the more acoustic sound. Having played for various Morris sides and often called upon as a stand in, his real love is playing for Irish Set dancing, especially slides and polkas and dance dances. He also enjoys singing, mainly with his Anglo Concertina, gaining inspiration from singers such as Martyn Wyndham-Read and Barry Dransfield. His main love being songs that are traditional, or sound it.

Sophia Colkin BPA PGCE
Sophia has been playing for 25 years, gaining grade 8 violin; leading to a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Leeds College of Music. Since returning to Devon, Sophia taught music for 7 years, at a special needs college, before changing careers. Sophia enjoys playing a variety of classical music and folk music. Sophia started playing folk music with Frobishers Maggot, before becoming a founder member of ‘The MoonCoin Ceilidh Band’.

Nick Scott
We are very lucky to have Nick in the band. As well as playing the bodhron (Irish drum) Nick is one of the UK’s finest exponents on the uillean (Irish) pipes touring extensively throughout Europe, the UK and the USA with top band “Last night’s fun” as well as performancing at the Edinburgh Tattooo and with “Show of hands” at the Royal Albert hall.

Andy Clarke
Andy is a founder member of the band, providing the driving rhythm on bouzouki and guitar. He is also regularly in demand as a solo performer touring festivals and clubs throughout the UK giving concerts and workshops on guitar and bouzouki technique’s. He has 3 solo CD’s, 6 pot plants (including an 8 ft Dracaena) a Swiss wife and a goldfish called Cyril.
"An excellent singer and instrumentalist who performs with the skill and taste of a master craftsman." - Pete Coe

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