We Are The Model Folk


Photo at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2016 by Stephen Jones of Dorset Bays Photography

A Brief History

A long time ago in a sleepy seaside town far far away, in circumstances best described as vague, two people started playing musical instruments together.

Betty, a violin player of natural talent, blessed with a skill that may have beaten some shifty looking lad in Georgia.
Jesmond, a guitar player and maker of wondrous songs.

Thus the nucleus of The Model Folk was born.

In 2012, after a few lineup changes, the six piece The Model Folk that you will KNOW and LOVE slightly more than before, arrived to marginal acclaim.

Alex brought a giant Man Sized Violin.
Alex wanted to play his normally sized bass. He was not ALLOWED. He must only play the GIANT MAN SIZED VIOLIN.

The Miggle brought its drumset. It is allowed to hit them for The Model Folk. One day we spied The Miggle making obscene flatulence impressions with its MOUTH. Such vulgarity required us to make The Miggle learn the TRUMPET. Otherwise we will make it CRY.

Someone suggested bringing Badger along with his MIGHTY washboard.
Later, Badger discovered an ability with a tiny guitar and a cunning way with WORDS. He also found a magical harmonium behind a pile of discarded logs. We confess we do not know how this occurred.

At some point, Betty then duplicated and STALLWOOD joined the sweaty ranks of The Model Folk with his mighty clarinet. These two events are unrelated.

Somewhere around that time The Earl Of Arran appeared, weaving a spell with his trumpet of justice.

But then… along come more!

Brave Sir Thomas will play trumpet now that The Earl of Arran is making himself have brains.

Then Little Aspy sometimes joins us with his Trombone

And lo! The Model Folk were possibly completed.



Photo by Tony Barrett-Powell @ http://www.tbpphoto.co.uk


Mandolin, Singing, Harmonium, Ukelele, Bouzouki, Melodica, Washboard, Songsmith.
Likes: Trains. Tea. Badgers.


Singing, Guitar, Harmonium, Songsmith.
Sometimes loses count of his own LEGS.
Likes: Woodlice. Selling The Model Folk’s Merchandise as The Shopgirl.


Epic Man Sized Violin and singing, accordion, ukelele. Songsmithery.
Likes: Vans.


Clarinet and singing, occasional bass, and of course, printer installation
Likes: Printers.

The Miggle

Drumset, trumpet, occasional bass, percussion and singing.
Definitely some shouting and occasional songsmithing too.
Likes: Haute Couture, Soufflés, Raspberry Jus and a Balsamic Foam

The Earl Of Arran

the earl of arran
Trumpet and Singing. We let him sing. But we do not like him doing it.
Likes: His hair.

Brave Sir Thomas

Trumpet and Singing. Brave Sir Thomas is our NEW Trumpet. He is here when The Earl of Arran is not here. Yes, that is correct. This TRUMPET can sing. He can also twirl a baton.
Likes: Gardening.

Little Aspy

Trombone and Singing. Little Aspy is famed for his IMPRESSIVE BULK and a cunning way with the trombone.
Likes: Toast, and small things which squeak.