"Transatlantic Feral Folk..."


Newly augmented classic and original line-up begins slowly venturing out and gigging once again. More to come…

Mid-term replacement vocalist moves to Surrey. Other original vocalist
re-joins the line-up with the addition of our newest new double=bass player.

New bass player gets married and moves
to Bristol. New new bass player added.

Early COVID personnel changes and the addition of a bass player,
lock-down doldrums, limited opportunities for gigging.
Finally worked through to producing a live video and second
album of live performance. Began to ease out into gigs as
lock-down was finally lifted and venues slowly started
having live music again.

Busy middle years with a long-running and established settled 3-piece line-up.
A full schedule of gigs, festivals and an album.


In the beginning…early days…

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Michael was born and raised in the rust-belt USA of Bruce Springsteen and Jerry Douglas and has been an active contributor to the acoustic folk scene on both sides of the Atlantic since the mid-1960's. He learned accordion aged 7 and soon added guitar, bass banjo and mandolin to his repertoire, developing his love of Celtic roots and Folk/Americana music and accompanying his own original songs. During the late 60s, with folk duo, Him & His Friend Michael played the Greenwich Village circuit in legendary venues such as Café Wha?, The Bitter End, The Gaslight Café, The Village Gate and Cafe Borgia. He toured universities and small venues throughout the mid-west, and in the early 1970s joined trio Changing Horses - still touring and playing larger legendary venues such as “It’s Here…” in Chicago. In the late 70's, now a member of traditional Celtic/English folk band Widdershins, Michael toured the northern USA alongside well-known professional musicians such as Gamble Rogers, Fats Johnson, Chuck & Mary Perrin, and The Paul Winter Consort. It was during this period that Widdershins wrote and performed their well-received radio production of songs and music inspired by Tolkien’s 'Lord of the Rings'. He left the states in the mid-70s and while working as university lecturer in Iran during the revolution, met and later married an English girl. While working as the Director of the Colchester Arts Centre, he was a resident at the Colchester Folk Club as a member of Flash Company. This four-piece, close harmony folk group were signed by Plant Life Records in the early 80s for their first album ‘Castle Keep' which features more of Michael's original compositions. The band went on to play folk clubs and festival venues around the UK, supporting artists such as Martin Carthy, the Watersons, Alan Taylor, Harvey Andrews and Arizona Smoke Revue, etc. In the 1990s Michael joined an Irish band- Cuisle, that toured in Germany and gradually evolved into five piece Celtic folk band Temple Bar. This popular band toured folk clubs, music venues and festivals and produced one album, ‘Eating Rainbows’. As a singer/song writer, he also occasionally performs solo and has also supported Scottish singer song writer James Yorkston.

Although Dan says he’s a fan of the music from 90s and 00s, he also has an interest and a particular talent for putting a modern spin on more traditional folk/acoustic songs. Inspired by his late father who used to play folk music, Dan has developed a unique knack for unusual harmonies and the ability to re-interpret the elemental and diverse sounds of Celtic/Americana music. As a talented singer/song writer Dan has performed extensively as a soloist and with various support line-ups and has appeared in a variety of clubs, venues and festivals in Bristol, London and across the south east. He has supported artists such as Mummra, Sarah McQuaid, Niamh Ni Charra and Pilgrims Way and in 2015 Fairport Convention were in the audience at one his gigs (at the hotel they were staying at after their own gig)…and they were particularly complementary on his singing.

Musically, Will loves "anything with a groove" and has played and composed since the early 70s. He started with classical recorder aged 7 and picked up a guitar for the first time aged 10. Throughout the 70s & 80s, he played with bands Felix, Aircraft, Liane Carroll and his band Wide Open were winners at the Inner London Jazz Awards in 1977. He also played support for 'Lindisfarne', 'Argent', Wilko Johnson and other well known 70's bands. Will's appeared at Olympia Festival of Mind & Body, The Marquee, Rock Garden and music festivals across the UK. In more recent times he's played lead guitar with bands Local Heroes, and Moonshine before joining Stone Junction in 2013. Will's impressive back catalogue of original compositions includes the album 'Earthscapes' with Trevor Nightingale, released by Luminar Records in the 80's (commissioned and published by Studio G), music for contemporary ballet companies Ballet Rambert and London Contemporary Dance Company along with many writing partnerships including projects with Liane Carroll and Kenny Craddock. In 1985, Will formed audio productions company, Dynamic Audio Production which swiftly went on to garner clients such as Chappell/Warner Music, EMI, Macmillan Publishers and Air-Edel. Recording and production assignments have seen him working across the musical spectrum, with artists such as: Trevor Watts (contemporary jazz), Michael Lewis (TV and film composer), and Peter Knight (ex-'Steeleye Span'). Will joined Stone Junction in 2013 and recorded and co-produced their first album.

Alan is a bit of a dark horse when it comes to talking about himself. He says very little but apparently, has done a hell of a lot. Over the years, he's toured all over the world with various bands and musicians. But all we know for sure is that he played in Alison Krauss' band before she had Union Station…and once upon a time in Tennessee, he had an 'interlude' with Roy Rogers' grand-daughter.