About

 

 

Fife and Strum play a mixture of traditional Celtic folk tunes and original compositions. Their music is at times lively and uplifting,  at times gentle and ethereal. Each coming from different musical backgrounds, these three musicians have come together with a shared love for this beautiful and evocative musical style. Here is some information about the members of the band…

 

 

 

Nicola Woodward studied joint flute and piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and went on to perform at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms and on Classic FM, as well as freelance orchestral playing with the London Philharmonic and Bournemouth symphony orchestras. She has also provided entertainment for the Royal family and their guests on numerous occasions! She gave recitals in festivals all over the country as part of the ‘Live Music Now!’ scheme.  Nicki also has a keen interest in folk music, and has toured with a folk orchestra in South America, played Flamenco with Juan Martin and been a member of Irish band ‘Penradin’. She is the co-founder of Rockhampton Folk Festival www.rockhamptonfolkfest.org.uk

 

 

Ron Phelan studied jazz in Dublin under Ronan Guilfoyle before branching out with flamenco, West African and Arabic music. Because of his versatility, he is much in demand for a variety of projects ranging from contemporary classical to jazz, folk, latin and African music. In theatre he has performed in some of the country’s leading venues both as part of a group and also as a solo musician, from the National Theatre in London to the Welsh Millenium Centre and has toured the UK and Europe with a host of different shows to high critical acclaim. He has recorded soundtracks for a number of short films including Search for Sound in collaboration with the Welsh National Opera. As well playing music Ron Phelan is also a prolific composer and has written and arranged for solo bass, small groups and large ensembles incorporating strings, wind instruments and percussion.

 

 

Sam Stennett started his guitar journey as a teenager, and was deeply inspired by his grandfather, the Welsh jazz musician and entertainer Stan Stennett. Stan passed on many tricks of the trade, and a huge amount of wisdom, especially on the subject of strong rhythm playing. Now carrying the family flame forward, Sam plays guitar professionally, and is passionate about both performing and teaching. As well as being a member of Fife and Strum, he tours with Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy swing band, ‘The Schmoozenbergs’ (www.schmusic.co.uk), and plays guitar as an accompanist to various singers and instrumentalists.