About the Band
|The band is led by David
(piano accordion), who
has been an active force in traditional music and dance since he joined
Sadler Hall Rapper Team while at Leeds University in the
late 1960s. He has led The Hedgehog's Skin since its beginnings,
having previously been a member of another ceilidh band, Burglar's Dog,
alongside Andy Seagroat and Martin Dunn, and before that a pianist and caller with The Castle Band. As Education Director for Folkworks 1993-2009 he helped countless people in the region learn and enjoy
folk music, includng as director of the Folkworks Youth Summer School,
an annual event for teenage musicians which has had a huge impact on
the regional and national folk scene.
|Guitarist Chip Chamberlain has been a familiar figure on the Northumberland folk scene since the 1970s, and has at one time or another played with many other ceilidh bands in the North East. He was for many years a member of Hexham favourites The Marras.
|To the band's delight Heather Lovegreen (nee Gessey!)
is now playing fiddle regularly with the band again, having been part
of the regular line-up before going to university. She is a highly
experienced dance musician, and a former member of BBC Radio Two Folk
Award finalists Tyde.
a very talented young fiddler and guitarist, a former member of the Sage Gateshead's
premier young folk ensemble Folkestra and Kathryn Tickell's new young band Superfolkus, also frequently plays with the band.
|Caller and whistle-player Joey Oliver (David's son) is a member of the 1999 BBC Radio Two Young Folk Award winning band 422. He is a highly experienced ceilidh dance caller, with a friendly and relaxed style that puts dancers at ease, and explains dances clearly and simply. He has a large repertoire of dances to suit different occasions and a variety of audiences, from complete beginners to regular dancers.