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Mat Green and Andy Turner   'The English tradition in a pure and fine form' - Vic Smith, Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes.




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Mat Green: fiddle

Andy Turner: anglo-concertina, melodeon, vocals

Mat and Andy down and out in Oxford (photo Rob Midgeley). Click for hi-res version (4.875 Mb)

Mat and Andy are both founder members of Magpie Lane providing the instrumental drive at the heart of the band's dance music repertoire.

Mat was born and bred in Bampton in Oxfordshire, and has been dancing and playing for the morris for over 40 years. He has developed a unique, utterly danceable, quintessentially English fiddle style. As well as playing in Magpie Lane, he was a member of the justly popular ceilidh band, the Woodpecker Band.

Andy also has many years' experience playing dance music, with Polkabilly, Geckoes and most recently The Oxford NAGS. He has a punchy, rhythmic concertina style, but is also able to play in a slower, smoother style to accompany his own fine singing.

Together, Mat and Andy play mainly traditional English dance tunes. They specialise in little-known tunes from eighteenth and nineteenth century village musicians' tunebooks, but essentially will play any good dance tune from almost anywhere!

The tunes are interspersed with songs - again, mainly from English traditional sources.


Mat and Andy have been making more or less annual visits to the famous Islington Folk Club since 2002. The club's publicity refers to the duo's "triumphant visits", describing them as "welcome regulars" and "a favourite turn".

"In case you've missed all their previous visits, Andy is a lovely singer and concertina-player, and Mat is as exciting a fiddler as ever fiddled with half a bow".

They have also performed at festivals including Sidmouth, Chippenham and Towersey, and have been booked regularly at other clubs including Musical Traditions and the Cellar Upstairs in London, the Lewes Saturday Folk Club, and the Black Diamond in Birmingham.


To book Mat and Andy for your folk club or festival, please contact

Mat & Jackie Green

Tel. 01993 850760


Mat and Andy, Black Diamond folk club, 2019. Photo by Phil Cross. Click for larger version (1.25Mb)

Mat and Andy in action - Lewes Folk Club"However good they might have been at the Chichester gig, nothing - not even 'Hit Me Baby' - could surpass the vision of Mat Green doing a Morris jig complete with really high slows along the whole length of the upstairs room of the Horseshoe in Islington tonight while fiddling 'Princess Royal'. It takes two magpies to bring joy and Andy Turner - that truly wonderful box player and singer - was there too, doing just that. If you can't get all 6 magpies together, see these two and be amazed... Islington FC hasn't seen a better night since - oh at least 18 months ago when the 2Js were last there".

'Countess Richard' (Diane Easby) on the Spiers & Boden message board

Last updated: 20.08.2019