Crowdy-Kit is a brand new project for Hannah Cumming, Jon Dyer and Matt Norman. The idea of the band is very simple: to play good traditional tunes in a way that makes people want to get up and dance. Hannah’s fiddle provides the drive, Matt’s piano the rhythm and Jon’s flute provides that special sparkle that brings it all together. While firmly rooted in the tradition they bring influences of Jazz, Blues and Quebecois making a sound which is rich and varied but always perfect for ceilidh dancing.
Alison Rowley is standing in for Hannah on fiddle at Folk Week.
Alison Rowley has been playing for ceilidhs since she learnt her first few notes on the violin at the age of 6. She has an assured, expressive playing style, with lots of energy for dancing. Alison is also known on the folk scene as a workshop leader and caller for bands such as Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Whapweasel and the Gloworms. Other projects: Bristol Ceilidh Quartet, Antler Ceilidh Band, Licence to Ceilidh.
Jon Dyer cut his teeth on the festival scene in his early teens, playing flute, bass and guitar in Dyer Cummings. In Crowdy-Kit he plays flute, on which he has developed a sound full of lift and agility. Jon is well known in the Westcountry as a musician, caller and teacher. Other Projects: Hannah Cumming and Jon Dyer, Gadarene, Antler Ceilidh Band, Dyer Cummings
Matt Norman has been playing for ceilidhs for many years on mandolin, fiddle and most recently on piano. He is also making a name for himself as a contra dance and social dance musician. Other Projects: Gadarene, Bristol Ceilidh Quartet, Fairytale Ceilidhs.