Based in Swanage, Dorset, Maiden Oak is available for your barn dance, party, wedding
reception, harvest supper -
Maiden Oak has developed an interesting repertoire of dance tunes and party pieces,
and we have moved forward a little, adding saxophone to the traditional line-
Contact us to see if we can provide the kind of music you want for your special event.
Rollo Woods -
Rollo Woods began as a dancer, bought his first concertina in November 1948 and formed his first band a few years later. Although he has had no proper musical training, Rollo has been playing for dancing ever since. He has taken every opportunity to play with old village musicians, including: William Kimber, Scan Tester, Stephen Baldwin, Bob Cann; and for many years had one such Ruth Askew in his band, who had a major influence on his playing style. Like these old musicians, he is not a folk purist and prefers to say he plays village style music. He has played through all the folk fashions (Playford, American Square, English Country Music) except folk rock.
Besides playing in Maiden Oak, Rollo also does the research for and performs with
a local West Gallery group -
Rollo’s contribution to folk music has finally been recognised and the English Folk Dance and Song Society have awarded Rollo with their special Gold Badge award. Rollo joins an illustrious list of Gold Badge holders including EFDSS founder Cecil Sharp, composer Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams, performer/writer A.L. Lloyd, and musicians The Spinners, EFDSS President Shirley Collins and EFDSS Vice President Eliza Carthy.
Linda Corlett -
Sue Fisher -
Gerard Jensen -
Amanda Jensen -
Chris Pullen -
Janet Rees -
Elizabeth Shore -
Dave Smith -