Edwin

Edwin Beasant

(Melodeons, Guitar, Bass, Electric Mars-Bar, etc)

Edwin is a musician with a varied and possibly dubious background, having been brought up in a Morris Dancing family. Steeped in the traditions of England, he sought further influences, finding inspiration in the continental and trans-Atlantic traditions, as well as through Motown and soul.

A compulsive multi-instrumentalist, Edwin plays many, indeed most things, including some that haven't been invented yet, but is best known as a talented and inventive box player with ABU and for his stint as the drummer with Jabadaw. A hugely empathetic accompanist, his greatest strength is in instinctively bringing out the best in other people's music with exactly the right textures and rhythms.

JudeJude Rees
(Oboe, Vocals, Bagpipes, Woodwind)

Jude is the latest addition to Pilgrims’ Way.  As a woodwind specialist she is a widely acclaimed for her lyrical playing delivered with drive and dynamism.  A founder member of Isambarde, Jude’s barnstorming oboe playing coupled with her ability to convey narrative through song has won her plaudits from audiences around the country. A sought-after session musician, she has guested on numerous albums and arranged strings and brass for studio projects.

Jude is also a fixture on the early music scene. She currently performs with Renaissance Consort Piva and is known for playing instruments that go PARP and singing a bawdy catch whilst wearing a variety of silly hats.

 

Tom

Tom Kitching

(Fiddle, Mandolin)

10 years and 1250 gigs a professional, Tom was described by Mike Harding as "one of the best English fiddlers ever " and is certainly one of the most in demand musicians on the scene, gigging with Gavin Davenport, Gren Bartley, and Albireo, as well as with his own band, and a duo with Mr Loomes. (See below)

In 2015, he brought out his first solo album 'Interloper' to critical acclaim, winning a place on the Telegraph's list of folk albums of the year, and being awarded 5 stars and 6th best album of the year in the Sunday Express. His hobbies include tarboats, watching Salford Rugby League club lose, collecting kettle leads, and chairing the Stockport and District Formation Mild Drinking Squad.

JonJon Loomes

(Cittern, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Concertina, Vacuum cleaner)

A consummate performer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and ethno-musicologist, Jon is renowned for his work with traditional English folk music.

His debut solo album was released by Fellside Records to considerable acclaim and he has subsequently appeared as a guest musician on numerous CDs, and has produced many more. Upon joining Pilgrims' Way, he was reckoned by James Fagan to have 'Filled in holes he didn't know were there', thereby saving the council a fortune in compensation cases.

Rumours that he is merely the puppet at the head of a drunken feline world domination conspiracy are probably slightly wide of the mark.

Lucy

Past member - Lucy Wright
(Vocals, Jews harp, Fiddle)

Founder member, Lucy Wright, left the band in early 2016 to pursue her post doctoral career as a researcher and artist. To this end, she has started a job as Research Associate on the Digital Folk Project at the University of Sheffield.

During 6 years in the band, she sang lead vocals on our acclaimed albums 'Wayside Courtesies' and 'Red Diesel', as well as adding fiddle and Jews Harp.
Check her website here, or follow her on twitter: @research_artist

We hope to enlist her legendary Jews Harp playing skills next time we're in the studio and need a large number of bottles opened quickly.