About Stumpy Oak
Stumpy Oak: an exciting and vibrant barn dance and ceilidh band with countless years of collective experience, comprising some of the top folk and country dance musicians in the UK. Our musicians are introduced below. You also might like to take a look at some of our recent and upcoming events, including some public ceilidhs where you are welcome to come and see us in action.
Barry is an accordion and whistle player from sunny Suffolk. He is a former winner of the St Albans New Roots competition and frequently plays main stages at prestigious summer festivals including Sidmouth and Towersey. His work in a duo with fiddle player, Kirsty Cotter has seen success in the form of a CD release and airplay on BBC Radio 3.
Coming from a family background of traditional Irish fiddle playing and singing, Erin first performed in the trailblazing young group No I.D. in the BBC Young Folk Awards. The group went on to make two CDs and played at the Cambridge Folk festival four times, sharing the stage with the likes of Show of Hands and Martin Simpson.
Hailing from Norfolk, Darren’s driving guitar style has placed him firmly at the heart of the local folk scene. Having played in several bands -including Tarn, Cousin Jack, Copper Plate and Rum Kelter – he has made regular folk club appearances and main stage performances at major folk festivals including Folk in a Field, Ely Folk Festival and Folk East.
Len has played the bodhran for countless years and was a member of Tappleton’s, the Homity Band and most recently, The Cabin Band. He will happily shake, rattle or tap just about anything else to get that rhythm kicking!
As well as being an award-winning event DJ, Christian has had a long association with the folk scene through his popular Cambridge folk music radio show ‘Make it Folky’, and his involvement in morris dancing. In addition to calling, Christian plays anglo-concertina and melodeon, and can also bring his DJ talents to your event!
Sarah is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, singer and caller from Suffolk. She performed in folk trio Ola, reaching the finals of the BBC Young Folk Awards and releasing a critically acclaimed CD. She also has performed with the Katherine Tickell Band and the Bill Jones Trio.
Emily started playing the fiddle at seven years old, and growing up over the road from the Cambridge Folk Festival, she soon fell for the beats and tunes of folk repertoire. While living in Edinburgh, Emily helped form the foot-stomping bluegrass bands Emily Jam and the Marmalade Boys, Wayward Jane and The Greater Spotted Ceilidh Band.
From a background composing electronic music, Simon picked up the accordion so he could join a Klezmer band and spent several years playing the East Anglian festival circuit. He then formed Fishclaw, writing and performing their original brand of shoe-gaze folk, performing at Latitude, FolkEast as well as enjoying regular airplay on BBC 6 Music and BBC Suffolk.