Is a Professional musician who has played and entertained on Teesside for over 40yrs, he started out his musical career at 16, playing lead guitar in a rock band! Apart from mastery of the tenor banjo, mandolin and guitar,
Len has been playing fiddle for the last 10yrs, and in the last 2yrs has taken up the cello.
His claim to fame is that he has played with Barry McGuigan on stage, (not against him!) who is famous for his rendition of 'Danny Boy'
His most popular request is 'duelin banjo's!
But he can belt out an Irish jig or a reel
Music was always present in Andy Broderick’s young life, watching his uncle’s family band rehearse at his granny’s house in rural Ireland. Aged 10 he began playing the melodeon as his first musical endeavour. Aged 20 he emigrated to England to study fine art at University of Teesside and began learning to play guitar and sing in order to make ends meet by busking, singing Irish standards like the Black Velvet Band and the Wild Rover. About 8 years ago he attended a folk club for the first time and seeing how the people there embraced the local songs and stories, he became interested in learning songs from the Irish Gaelic tradition as well as writing his own compositions. He has been playing in folk bands since he was 16, about 20 years ago now, and his thirst and enthusiasm for the genre is still as intense as ever
I started dancing as a youth of 17 at our local village class and have been dancing ever since.
I have been a member of a dancing display team, Morris and sword dancing sides.
I also had my own band for many years, but now enjoy calling dances for the very talented Reel Deel.
As a caller, my aim is to ensure that every one has a memorable experience to go home with.
Over the years I have called dances for children's groups, mile stone birthdays, weddings, society balls, in venues from back gardens to stately homes.
If Ian is calling you will have a good time.