Nonny Tabbush (fiddle)
Nonny Tabbush is a folk musician specialising in song and violin. With a performance career that began as one third of The Tabbush Sisters, Nonny has played in numerous bands and works as a professional session musician, most recently as part of the BBC Performing Arts Fund Choreographic Fellowship, working with Hannah Moore.
For the past 12 years she has worked as a workshop leader for Shooting Roots, running youth workshops in song, craft and violin at folk festivals over the summer. She has also taught independently for organisations such as Folk South West and the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Nonny is an experienced choir conductor and currently runs two choirs in Bristol – the Bristol Folk House Choir and Glos.Vox Community Choir. She also works as a music practitioner for Bristol Plays Music, teaching violin and song in both Primary and Secondary schools.
Sarah Moody (cello)
Sarah has worked for over 18 years as a musician, music director and composer with theatre companies such as Kneehigh, Wildworks and Travelling Light and has written music for BBC Radio. She is co-founder of the award winning Devil’s Violin which extensively tours unique music and storytelling shows with storyteller Daniel Morden and violinist Oliver Wilson-Dickson (Mabon, Alaw) throughout the UK and abroad. Alongside her performance work, Sarah has co-founded Visible Thinking, a company that explores innovative ways to engage communities through story, music and performance.
“An excellent score…a haunting sound world…always tenderly humane.” – Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Matt Norman (fiddle)
Matt is a dance musician steeped in the traditions of the Westcountry. He has many years of experience in playing for ceilidhs on mandolin, piano and fiddle. His other performing ventures include Devon-based ceilidh band A New Vintage and Gadarene, performing old English tunes with a funky twist.
Matt is also a workshop leader and regularly leads rehearsals for choirs and ensembles, including Bristol Folk Singers and the Mandolin Orchestra of Devon. Matt has created arrangements of existing pieces for many ensembles including choir, brass band, string ensemble and scratch band. He particularly specialises in arranging for mandolin orchestra and arranging traditional English music for amateur choirs. Please visit www.mattnorman.org for more information.
Alison Rowley (fiddle, viola and voice)
Alison is a versatile folk musician and caller who plays regularly with several other professional ceilidh bands including the Antler Ceilidh Band, Licence to Ceilidh and The Cunning Plan. As a caller she has also worked with many well-known bands such as the Glorystrokes, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, the Gloworms and Lasair, and she has called for several ceilidh series including Oxfolk, White Horse Ceilidhs and Bristol Ceilidh.
Alison is also a talented solo violinist and regularly performs folk, classical and pop repertoire at weddings and other functions. She teaches violin, piano and ukulele in Bristol and provides traditional music and dance workshops, including maypole dance, to schools across the country. In 2013 Alison was a Creative Artist In Residence at Cecil Sharp House, commissioned to compose an orchestral fantasia of Cotswold Morris tunes from the repertoire of the Beaux of London City, entitled Morris Monday. Alison has a Music degree from the University of Cambridge (graduated 2009). More details of her work can be found at www.alisonrowley.com.