Frog on a Bike are an accomplished, energetic, dance floor packing English Ceilidh band, covering Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire areas, as well as top Folk Festivals up and down the UK. Our enthusiastic playing, big sound and driving rhythm is guaranteed to have you up and dancing. Whether you are complete beginners or experienced dancers, our seasoned musicians and caller will tailor the event to your needs and make it really special. Perfect for Folk Festivals, Weddings, Parties or any other occasion.
Frog on a Bike has over 100 years of musicianship between them, the current line up having played very sussesfully together since 2014. Our repertoire is rooted in English folk music, both traditional and contemporary, and we also boast two very talented tunesmiths of our own.
However, plenty of Scottish, Irish and sometimes even French tunes are usually thrown into the mix just for good measure. We can also muster up a fine bit of harmony for some folk songs too!
All in all, we strive to play foot-stomping tunes with verve and vigour. We like to have as much fun up on stage as you do on the dance floor, so we can guarantee that you will not be able to resist getting on your feet.
Tom (lead musician): Melodeons, Concertina
– Tom has been involved in traditional music and dance since the age of ten, when his primary school performed at the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival. He took up the melodeon aged 12 and has played for several Morris sides – currently he is the lead musician for Chiltern Hundreds North West Clog Morris and is a founder member of Rockingham Rapper.
He was a New Roots finalist in 2005 and has driven the Straw Bear several times. Tom composes many original tunes, most of which we play on a regular basis. One of Tom’s tune’s, “The Well-Hung Turkey”, has been in the repertoire of celebrated ceilidh band Random for many years.
– Sarah has been writing tunes and songs ever since she learned to talk. She sung in four different continents with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain in the 1990s, and also played in the now-defunct folk duo Full Tilt before joining Frog on a Bike. She is also the lead musician for Rockingham Rapper, and can play Speed the Plough in 17.5 seconds – with an award from Whitby Folk Week to prove it!
Tim: Fiddle, Hardanger Fiddle, Mandolin, Octave Mandola
– Tim joined Frog on a Bike in 2014, coming in from several years as a regular gigging member of the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band.
Classically trained to Grade 5, Tim has been exclusively playing folk music, with particular emphasis on the English tradition, since around 2007. Over the years, Tim’s main influences on his particular style have been musicians such as Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie, Dave Swarbrick and Ric Sanders, to name but a few.
With 4 instruments on stage, and a grand total of 28 strings to tune between them, Tim usually has to arrive at gigs sooner than most. But not many ceilidh bands can boast a Hardanger Fiddle amongst their arsenal!
Away from the band, Tim is a Violin Maker, Morris dancer and currently principal musician for Cambridge based Cotswold side Granta Blue Morris, having also danced and played in the past with Cambridge Morris Men and Old Speckled Hen Morris respectively. In additon, he is also currenty a musician for Ely & Littleport Riot Border Morris.
– Phil has been playing in and around Cambridgeshire since the early 70s, mostly in folk or folk rock bands, duos and trios. He will have a bash at most stringed instruments (except for fiddle; he leaves that to Tim) plus keyboards and even a Bb tuba !!! Phil is semi retired now, so if not playing, you’ll most likely find him gardening or at a fishing lake near you!
– Den : Drums and Percussion
Den is a founder member of Frog on a Bike and started his drumming career in the Boys Brigade at the age of 12. He’s been involved in the folk scene for many years, ran the Spalding Folk Club and once had a long bodhran solo immortalised on BBC Radio 2’s folk show as their introduction to a broadcast from Revesby Folk Day.
Lyn: Manager and in-house Caller
– Without Lyn, Frog simply would not function. As well as being our resident caller, she’s the one who organises all our gigs and makes sure that the band are ready to make your occasion a perfect success.
Lyn was also involved with the running of the Spalding folk club and, during the annual Tulip Parade, persuaded tourists to dance in the street while the folk club played tunes on the folk bus. At our gigs, once Lyn has given our dancers a chance for bit of a breather, you can normally find her joining in with the rest of the band on autoharp, maracas, triangle or tambourine for our between-dance sets.