fiddle, guitar, hammered dulcimer
Ed was born in Liverpool but moved to Oxford as a student in the 1970s. He came to folk music from a background playing classical and later rock music when he joined Cry Havoc Cotswold morris in 1996. The only remaining founder member of the Larkrise Ranters, he is a self-confessed ‘string junkie’, possessing an ever-increasing collection of strange stringed instruments. He also plays with seventeenth-century group the Oxford Waits.
A multi-instrumentalist, Bob has played for barn dances for over 30 years and dances and plays for Kirtlington morris as well as playing for Mason’s Apron and Ridgeway step clog.
Lesley is the band’s regular caller and is comfortable calling both English and Scottish dances. She dances with Mason’s Apron and Ridgeway step clog.
Steve, after being a member of the Ranters for some twenty years, announced his retirement from the band in the summer of 2018.
Julie, another long-time member of the band, also retired in the summer of 2018. We wish both Julie and Steve the very best for the future.
Band line-up/caller may change without notice depending on availability. We have a number of excellent and experienced ‘deps’ we can call on in such situations. We are currently considering how to replace Steve and Julie, but can still provide a good evening’s entertainment with the help of our deps.