The House Band

Genres: World
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Formed in 1984 by Ged Foley (Gerard Foley, 24 February 1955, Peterlee, County Durham, England; vocals, guitar, pipes), Chris Parkinson (b. 31 March 1950, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England; piano accordion, melodeon, keyboards, harmonica), Iain MacLeod (b. 4 April 1962, Strathy Point, Scotland; guitar/mandolin), and Jimmy Young (flute/smallpipes), the House Band rapidly established themselves on the UK folk circuit during the late 80s. With the departure of both MacLeod and Young in February 1986 (the former later joined Shooglenifty), Foley and Parkinson were joined, in the same month, by John Skelton (b. 26 September 1954, Bromley, Kent, England; flute, whistle, bombarde, bodhrán) and Brian Brooks (bouzouki, keyboards, whistle, vocals), initially billing themselves as the New House Band. In January 1988, Brooks left the band owing to family commitments.

Combining traditional instruments, augmented by synthesizer and modern...

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