“It is impossible to watch
Stroma play and not enjoy every second”

Function client, 2019

BIOGRAPHY

STROMA is a new folk band from London specialising in exciting ceilidhs and dynamic tunes.

Stroma’s events feature traditional and new folk music from the Scottish, Irish and English traditions, presented on acoustic instruments with a striking contemporary edge. The band features students and alumni of some of the most well-respected music schools in the UK, and they are highly skilled musicians across folk, acoustic, world and classical genres. With fiery fiddle, driving guitar/bouzouki and rhythmic bodhrán amongst other instruments, Stroma’s vibrant and energetic live performances have already earned them a strong reputation across London and beyond.

Between them, the members of the band have performed at many of the UK’s biggest folk festivals as well as making appearances at the BBC Proms, London 2012 closing ceremonies, NaTrad Awards, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and many other iconic venues.

Bringing together this wealth of experience and multitude of influences, combined with a shared passion for folk and traditional music, Stroma are definitely ones to watch.


CEILIDHS

Stroma are specialists in providing ceilidhs for a range of events from weddings to office parties. Our energetic traditional folk music and friendly “caller” (dance instructor) will guide you and your guests through an exciting social evening of dancing.

Our events cater for guests of all ages and experiences – our caller will talk through all the dances and give you the opportunity to walk through the moves before the band joins in.

As well as ceilidhs we can also provide music events – from background music for functions to public gigs. Our band features experienced traditional musicians, who have appeared with various acclaimed bands on the folk circuit.


MEET THE BAND

FINN COLLINSON is a recorder player and folk musician from East Anglia. Shortlisted for the BBC Young Folk Award in 2018, he is also an experienced guitarist and bouzouki player and has performed with a number of different ceilidh bands including Emily Askew’s Ceilidh Factor. Finn’s critically acclaimed debut solo album CALL TO MIND was released in September 2019. As a solo artist and with his own band, Finn has played several of England’s top folk festivals and completed his first national headline tour in autumn 2019.
Finn is also a member of award-winning recorder quartet Aurai, and is a keen folk educator having taught extensively for the English Folk Dance & Song Society as well as giving workshops at various folk festivals and youth music centres across England.
For more info please visit www.finncollinson.com.

BRÍONA MANNION currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music where she is primarily a classical violinist but also enjoys folk and jazz genres. She began playing at the age of 7 in the Blackford Fiddle Group before moving to St Mary’s Music School where she enjoyed performing regularly with accordionist Ryan Corbett and also studied jazz with Richard Ingham for 7 years and has played with the Tinderbox Orchestra. Her performance highlights include appearances at NaTrad Awards broadcast on BBC Alba as well as performances in Scottish Parliament, Stirling Tolbooth and the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh. She also enjoys playing with her dad (guitarist) and her brother (piper and cellist).

CAITLIN HEATHCOTE is from Edinburgh and is now studying the oboe at Guildhall. She learnt the steps from growing up in Scotland and fell into calling by chance when her uni had a Burns Night 3 years ago. The band couldn’t find a caller, asked her if she would give it a go and the rest is history!
Some highlights as an oboist have been playing at the BBC Proms, a recital at St Martin in the Fields, new music at the Wigmore Hall and being featured on BBC’s Ten Pieces programme playing the cor anglais. Caitlin is also a wind doubler and has enjoyed playing in the pits for shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Peterborough Key Theatre and around London.

JORDAN MURRAY is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in world and hand percussion. Alongside folk music he enjoys playing klezmer, Dixieland and popular music. He has performed at the closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with Coldplay, gained a world championship title with percussion group Rhythm X and has enjoyed playing in many theatre productions as a pit percussionist and drummer. 
Jordan started his interest in world music when given his teacher’s old bodhrán and bones and quickly fell in love with music from cultures around the world, now also playing instruments including hammered dulcimer, didgeridoo and Indian/Arabic hand percussion.
Jordan is also the percussionist for The Unswung Heroes, has toured with early/folk group Joglaresa, and is a founder of Klezmer group Yoffi and samba band, Koola-Ka-Bamba!

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