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Instruments     Fiddle Guitar  Mandolin Banjolin  Double Bass  Tenor  Banjo

 

In the late 70s Trevor was playing guitar and mandolin in a duo called Cap and Feather with Alison McKee they toured many folk clubs and played at festivals. Then in the early 80s Trevor ran the "Old Bush Folk Club" at Coseley in the Black Country with Brenden King,
It was here that he met fiddler Wilf Vickers and form an Irish folk band called "Shindig" they were to play Clubs, Festival and also had a short tour of Germany and played the Towersy Festival. Trevor was be this time playing Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Bozouki, Fiddle and the Whistles. Then with the "Shindig Ceilidth Band" he played at all the major Barn Dances. In the late 80s Trevor was playing Tenor banjo with the "Mason's Apron Ceilidth Band" and played barn dances with Gay Butler a well known guitarist in the area. He was also running folk sessions with "Drops of Brandy" members of this band included Jack Courtman and in the band Scartaglen Anthony Round and Graham Pugh. By the early 90s Trevor was teaching fiddle and classical guitar at Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School near Stourbridge.The Albion Bands production of "Larkrise to Candleford" at the Roundhouse Theatre in London, inspired the music for a school production of Richard Aldreds's "The Loveknot and the Sword" for which Trevor played Celtic Harp in 1996.Trevors earlier influences were Bob Dylan, The Incredible String Band and Joni Mitchell Major influences after that were Martin Carthy,
The Albion Band, Planxty, Robin Williamson, Dereck Bell and Sean Keane fiddler with the Chieftians. In recent times Trevor has been into Eliza Carthy, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Donald Thibodeaux,The Magnolia Sisters, and all things Cajun.
Trevor enjoys his playing as one of The Ridge Top Mountain Boys, being an Old time and Bluegrass band, it set him certain goals to play in that style,and I'm glad to say he surpasses them all.