Jenny has sung every year since she can remember. She had her first solo in year 4 singing Once In Royal David’s City, She has always had a love for music especially musical theatre. Jenny studied Performing Arts A Level. She then went on to study Primary teaching at Canterbury University.
Jeanette teaches violin and piano in the Cambridge area, and is currently training to be a Music Therapist at Anglia Ruskin University. As well as playing with the Cyriacs she has performed with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, the Cambridge Sinfonia, and several string quartets.
Andrew played in a school band 141 and with various friends over the years and then in 2003 joined Coup de Grass professional bluegrass band. That included playing at Tamworth Country Festival in Australia. Andrew then went on to form a band called The Cyriacs in 2010 with former CdG band member and long time friend Phil.
As well as playing bass guitar with the Cyriacs, Phil has played with some of the UK’s top folk artists, everywhere from the mountains of Kashmir to the jungles of Belize. A somewhat chequered career includes joining a Dutch all girl band and a greasy rock’n’roll outfit called the Hellraisers. Hobbies include running a garden lighting company.
Karen has played folk fiddle for more than 20 years, having been taught by some great Yorkshire fiddle players. She enjoys playing different types and styles of traditional music including English, Irish, Scottish, French, Swedish and American. What could be better than having the opportunity of sharing this love with others through playing for dancing with the added opportunity to spend time with close family and friends in the band.
Jochen became interested in Folk Dance and Folk Music as a student in Germany. Having, for many years, accompanied players in Irish sessions on the guitar, he finally got fed up for never getting the same applause the fiddle players had – in fact never had any applause – and learnt the melodeon instead.
As the non-instrumentalist in the family, Dee was happily on child-care duty when Andrew, Karen and Jochen played together in various bands over the years. No longer needed for that, she stood in as caller for The Cyriacs when no one else was available for the original harvest supper gig. And she loved it! Coming late to dance – and still not knowing her right from her left! – she is passionate about passing on her enjoyment and making ceilidh dancing great fun for participants and spectators. Just wait until you try the Sausage Machine….!