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Vic Shepherd & John Bowden

John is originally from Liverpool and Vic is from Sheffield, where they met and still live. They have a long connection to the Grenoside Sword Dancers - Vic's Dad danced with the team in the 1950s and 60s, and John is one of the musicians for the side - and are both stalwarts of the Local Carols traditions in Ecclesfield and Grenoside. They sing English songs, including some from the Sheffield area, as well as North American and Canadian variants, either in unaccompanied harmony or with Anglo concertina, melodeon and, unusually, jew's harp! For many years they had a dance band, Nine Daies Wonder, and were members of Sheafknot, Sheffield's one and only shanty and maritime group (it's a long way from the sea in any direction!). Their two CDs, "A Motty Down" and "Still Waters", have been receiving enthusiastic reviews.

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