Band Information

The Band, left to right :

Sophie Clay : violin, vocal
Patrick Gilligan : bass
Barry Smith : flute, whistle, vocal
Tom Dunderdale : kit-drums, djembe
Alec Taylor : guitar
Richard Clay : guitar, mandolin, vocal

Sophie Clay studied music at university specialising in violin and toured the continent with the Leeds Youth Orchestra as well as playing in the Yorkshire Youth Orchestra. She also plays in the band "Eclectic Sparks".
Patrick Gilligan was, until recently, bass player in the popular Leeds punk band "The Loose Chippings". He also plays in the band "Eclectic Sparks".
Barry Smith is a long established folk perfomer, well known on the Yorkshire folk scene. He has written much original material - several of his songs feature in the Mahogany Monkey set - including musical suites for concert performance. He has produced CDs of his own songs, has appeared on the radio, and also performs as a solo artist and with other performers on the northern folk circuit. He is an accomplished whistle and flute player.
Tom Dunderdale is a drummer and djembe player, and has played in various bands in the Leeds area. He was recently drummer in the rock covers band "The Dashboard Junkies"..
Alec Taylor is a classically trained guitarist who has played rock guitar in a number of bands over recent years, mainly in the Leeds area.
Richard Clay has played and sung in folk, rock, jazz and classical bands and choirs for many years, and written music in styles from folk to big-band jazz. In recent years the electric mandolin has been his instrument of choice, and he brings an improvising jazz approach to the band. He also plays in the band "Eclectic Sparks".