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the Badger is a blend of fiddle, guitar, mandolin and bass. All
the musicians are very experienced at playing for dancing and
know every turn and trick in how to get the dancefloor moving.
Add in one of the UKs most distinctive and pithy dance callers
and you've got a floor shaking dance combination.
Fuller (guitar and flute) is a Newcastle expatriate now living
in near Barnsley. Known by the rest of the band as 'Johny Two Guitars'
because of his insistence on having two on stage with him at all
times. John's an accomplished flute player as well as a versatile
and experienced guitarist.
James (fiddle) has played fiddle since the age of six with groups
in and around her native Hampshire. After becoming a student in
Sheffield she joined the University Folk Society and has played
with Roger the Badger from their very first appearance in 1990 .
Cath was a finalist in the Radio 2's Young Tradition Award in 1995
and has played in Britain, Germany, France, Greece and Romania.
Her playing is featured on the first Evolving Tradition CD compilation
and on 2 CDs released by Irish Band Achill Sound in Germany.
She teaches folk fiddle playing in Sheffield, Rotherham and North
Derbyshire and in her spare time - what's left of it - makes violins.
It is her own custom made electric that she uses for Ceilidhs though
for recording she uses a turn of the century German fiddle.
Rophone (bass) took up the bass many years ago as a second instrument
but soon got the bug and now owns five, plus a recently acquired
Romanian double bass. The CD features a treasured
1970s Ibanez although he plays fretless bass regularly live 'but
not that really naff muso fretless style' - he points out emphatically.
Always a believer in a bit of showmanship, he has fitted one of
his instruments with a flashing red light that he can activate at
key moments, and much to the amusement (or is that horror) of the
rest of the band, has a long standing ambition to play a gig on
Thomas (mandolin) has a propulsive and energetic rhythm style
that's quite unique. His long musical background takes in alternative
rock styles as well as traditional playing. He's a veteran of legendary
Sheffield folk/punk/ska band Blind Mole Rat and has toured various
European countries with them.
Like Cath and Peter he's a regular at sessions in Sheffield , where
he'll often take down his double bass and a pocket of harmonicas
as welll as his archtop mandolin. He is also the only man in existence
to own an electric flying V mandolin - which he made himself.