Dave Shepherd & Becky Price
Dave and Becky's music is a combination of complimentary talents - Dave's
distinctive fiddle playing and soulful interpretations of the old melodies;
Becky's powerful but subtle accompaniments underpinning the whole. Their
music is true to the tradition, but presented for ears of the 21st century.
Together they explore the traditional music of England but are equally
adept at presenting material from elsewhere in Europe.
Becky grew up with English folk-dancing as part of her family background.
Her development as a musician led her into the classical piano tradition,
but she never lost touch with her folk roots, and is now a widely respected
performer on the piano accordeon. Becky's repertoire includes English
traditional music and dance rhythms of central France, played in a unique
style which is heavily influenced by the diatonic accordeon sound.
'I was absolutely bowled over by her playing. A beautiful approach to the accordion...incredible'
Dave Shepherd has been a morris dancer since the age of 8 and took
up the fiddle when he was 12. His first serious musical venture was
as fiddle player in the highly innovative folk-rock group Dr. Cosgill
during the late 1970's. This was followed by an invitation to join
the early Blowzabella with whom he played until 1989 (and again from
1995 as part of the occasional reformed Blowzabella). Dave's distinctive
style developed during this period as a fusion of elements from the
various traditions within Blowzabella's repertoire, combined with
an increasing use of the fiddle as an instrument for accompaniment,
producing the hallmark rhythmical chordal sequences for which he is
Shepherd and Price
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