The Falconers English Folk Dance Band, based in Bromyard, Herefordshire, was formed in 1975, initially to play for the fortnightly folk dance club that still meets in the town, but quickly playing to a much wider audience, especially after appearances at the Sidmouth and other Folk Festivals, where an ability to 'have a go' at anything in the broad folk-dance repertoire made them much in demand. In the early 1980’s they made three LP records – one of which, the EFDSS record for CDM7, was until recently still available as part of a 3 CD set, 34 years later!
The band is now usually a duo, with Roger Wilkins on accordion, and Maggie Percy on flute and whistle. They have played together from the inception of the band, and are the regular line-up for outside bookings. Occasionally, they are joined by Roger’s son David on piano, when he is available.
Roger and Maggie are known for their devotion at danceable music – strongly believing that, “Dancing is Music made visible”. No-one strives harder to bring lift and life to the dance. They are happy to play anything in the broad Anglo-American repertoire, including Playford, Contra, Patter, Singing Square, English Traditional, Welsh and, on an occasional basis, Scottish.
Roger continues to provide the resident music for the Falconers Folk Dance Club in Bromyard, occasionally joined by Ian Wrenn on fiddle.