Mat Green: fiddle
Andy Turner: anglo-concertina, melodeon, vocals
Mat and Andy are both founder members of Magpie Lane providing the instrumental drive at the heart of the band's dance music
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
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
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