Captain Swing were formed in 1988 from two halves of other bands: one half from a ceilidh band that emerged from the Old Meg Morris musicians, and the other half from a band called Lionheart. As with any group, we have undergone some line-up changes. Yet of the current line-up of five, four are original members!
Mike started calling ceilidhs way back in his university days, when still in his early twenties, and is the permanent caller for Captain Swing. Mike is a skilled dancer himself, and danced with Downes Morris, who have now re-formed as Downes On Tour, with Mike in the side again.
Andy joined Aston Rams Morris in the mid 1970s and later played and danced with Paradise Island Border Morris. When not playing with Captain Swing, Andy is a fine solo folk musician (solo website here) and one half of early music duo, The Night Watch (website here), playing mediaeval and renaissance music on period instruments.
As well as playing with Captain Swing, Liz is a fine dancer, danced with Downes Morris and Sarum Morris, and now dances with the women’s half of the re-formed side, Downes On Tour.
John played 12-string guitar, dulcimer, whistle, banjo, and sang in Beggars’ Hill, a folk-rock band whose 1976 album is much sought-after by collectors of vinyl records, and his bass is now the pumping heart of the band.
Ian has, at various times, been a musician or dancer with Fox’s Morris and Bedcote Morris. When not playing with Captain Swing, Ian is a fine solo folk musician (solo website here) and half of early music duo, The Night Watch (website here), playing mediaeval and renaissance music on period instruments.