Meet the Band

Jim Walker on Accordion and Keyboard, Sue Hutt on Fiddle, Stuart Hetherington on Bass Guitar and the newest full time member Rob Steels on Guitar.

Jim Walker

On Keyboard and Piano Accordian

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Jim Walker

Jim Walker plays accordion and keyboard and took up playing Celtic music after a summer student vacation job on the Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides in the 70s. Jim is also a classical pianist, accompanist, organist and choirmaster and regularly plays for church services around the Eden Valley. His inspiration band-wise is Capercaillie and he rates Celtic Connections as his top music festival. He plays a Scandalli Vibrante IV or Hohner Musette IV accordion with the band and a Roland EP 880 digital piano.

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Sue Hutt

On Fiddle

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Sue Hutt

Sue Hutt studied music at London University and is now a professional musician, teaching violin in Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. Sue performs in many classical concerts within Cumbria and is a regular player of the highly acclaimed Lakeland Sinfonia. Sue has been playing folk and ceilidh music for about three years and is particularly inspired by the shetland fiddle style of Catriona Macdonald. When playing with the Eden Valley Ceilidh Band Sue plays on a beautiful Bridge electric violin.

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Stuart Hetherington

On Bass Guitar

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Stuart Hetherington

Stuart Hetherington is the band’s most experienced folk dance musician. Former member of the popular Cumbrian band ‘Jump at the Sun,’ Stuart has a lifetime of experience playing at ceilidhs and dances and seems to know more people at ceilidhs around the Eden Valley than the rest of us put together! Stuart enjoys listening to the Irish band Lúnasa and the bass playing of Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention.

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Rob Steels

On Guitar

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Rob Steels

Rob Steels is the band's newest member and principally plays guitar and double bass, alongside many other instruments. He is a professional musician and teacher of guitar in Cumbrian schools and a community music workshop leader for BlueJam. Folk music is just one of Rob's musical specialisms and we're delighted to have him on board.

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