In 2008 piano player Gareth Kiddier was asked to put together a pit band for the Saturday night concert at a musicians’ weekend. He went for the glamour angle and asked five of the most talented and female traditional dance musicians to join him. The result was so much fun that they now play for English dances as PolkaWorks. As they are scattered across the UK from Wales to East Anglia and all busy people, the opportunities to play together are always special occasions!

Between them, these musicians have played in many of the most significant English ceilidh bands over the last forty years, influencing the shape and sound of traditional English dance music in the twenty first century.