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This is all archive material as The Brian Jeffels Band ceased in 2014

BRIAN JEFFELS (photo: Sturman Photography)

Brian Jeffels started as a rock guitarist, went through the 'prog-rock' era, flirted briefly with keyboard-based music, then discovered the acoustic scene and emerged some years later as what he is today: a multi-instrumentalist balladeer and singer songwriter.   His first CD was released in June 2009 titled 'For whom the willow weeps', and he can also be heard on various other artists' recordings.  Since forming The Brian Jeffels Band in 2011 he's been seen gigging  at a variety of venues including, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wittfest (Oxon), Balstock (Herts), Potbelly Folk Festival (Northants) and clubs including St. Neots Folk Club and Northampton Folk Club. Artists supported include Jez Lowe, Paul Downes, Vikki Swan and Jonny Dyer, and John Kirkpatrick.

CAROL SCHEASSENS (photo: Rachel Chadwick)

Like many others, Carol learned the descant recorder at primary school. But this was a distant memory when she joined a small singing quartet at her local folk club. When a recorder intro was needed for one piece she realised the wider potential of this often hated instrument! For ten years she then attended music sessions where she learned to pick up tunes by ear, and discovered folk tunes from all round the world.

In 2009 Carol met Brian at a folk session and soon after played her first outdoor gig as part of his band at the Bedford River Festival. In front of over 500 people, the band performed outdoors on one of the windiest days of the year (try playing a recorder in the wind!)

Carol now plays sopranino, descant and treble recorders, Irish whistle, melodica and xylophone. Her ambition is to be able smile even when a dog fight is taking place off stage or when the stage slopes backwards! Carolís musical heroes include Boldwood, the Chieftains, Waterson and Carthy, Brahms and Borodin.

HEATHER SANDERSON (photo: Sarah Howard)

Heather has been surrounded by music from an early age. Her Mum studied at the Royal College of Music and taught her the piano until teenage years made this difficult for all concerned. Heather also learnt the violin classically from about the age of 7 or 8. What a relief (for all the family) to get onto a full size fiddle that had a lovely sound - a great charity shop find, and the same instrument she still loves to play. She just added a tasty bow and invested in a really good set-up and a solid Hiscox case. She also plays the mandolin.

Heather has performing and teaching diplomas from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She has a very eclectic taste in music and listens to many genres, thanks to her husband who has introduced her to rock and heavy metal.  Her strongest influences are celtic and traditional music from around the British Isles. She also has an affinity for traditional music from Scandinavia, France and Canada. She has a wide number of other interests, including traditional crafts, dance, local and social history and the history of languages, which seem to relate really well to folk music.

She met Carol at a folk club in Histon, Cambridgeshire, in 2008.  Heather credits Carol with encouraging her to learn more music from memory. Heather joined the band in 2011 and enjoys improvising and arranging. She loves scouring out-of-print folk music books and library archives for different material.

Aly Bain, Boldwood, the Chieftains, Martin Simpson, Maxim Vengerov, Martha Argerich and Lang Lang are some of her particular musical heroes.

                                                  VINCE GORMAN (photo:Annie Ford)

Vince has many musical influences from Scottish Folk bands like the Corries, Gaberlunzie and North Sea Gas and others. Started playing guitar in his teens but didn't progress very far until meeting Bill Watkins and others at the Eagle Folk Club in Lauder in the Scottish Borders. He found the folk session world to be rather inspirational. Unfortunately work and sport got in the way so he didn't do much for a long time until he started going to jam sessions at the Duke's Arms in Woodford in Northamptonshire a few years ago. Since then he has become a main player in the Sunday night acoustic jam sessions in the bar.

He discovered playing Bodhran at jam sessions in the Guinness tent at Cambridge Folk Festival. More recently a Flyde Cittern has become a main instrument.  He plays various styles including traditional Scottish Folk songs and tunes that he particularly likes. He has written a few songs, however he says lyrical inspiration can take time.

He's member of the Brian Jeffels Band and Dave Clemo Band and  has recently started a new venture called the Tartan Painters where Scottish Traditional music is a significant part of the repertoire.

MAY

15th    Greywalls, Farndish Northants. The Brian Jeffels Band

            Event for Cransleigh Hospice. Tickets in advance from Cransleigh Hospice. Entry only by advanced ticket