This year Magpie Lane will be celebrating their twentieth anniversary. With their unique blend of traditional English songs delivered by powerful voices and dance tunes inventively arranged on acoustic instruments they have carved out a special place in the folk music 'Hall of Fame'. All five sing, and the instruments are fiddle (Mat Green), cello (Sophie Thurman), anglo-concertina and melodeon (Andy Turner), bouzouki, guitar and harmonica (Jon Fletcher), and percussion (Ian Giles).
They are one of the finest English Folk Bands in concert, combining strong stage presence, delivery, technical skill and instinctive verve, with a genuinely scholarly understanding of the music at its core. Great C.D.'s too ! The sound of Magpie Lane is unmistakably English. The group's repertoire originally focused exclusively on Oxfordshire. Although a concert set might now include the occasional item from Ireland, the Isle of Man or even France - as well as a few recently-composed pieces - English traditional songs and dance tunes remain at the core.