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In 2015 Random celebrated its 15th anniversary by playing many major Festivals & Ceilidhs at the end of which they decided to take a break for a while.
One member then retired, another relocated a long distance away which would have made rehearsals difficult while the others decided to take time out to explore different projects.
But now they're back with a refreshed line-up, having been extremely fortunate to have been joined by Penny Kempson on Fiddle & Adam Courthold on Drums (with the added benefit of having reduced the average age of the Band by 50%!)
They join 3 original members, Paul Nye (Melodeons), Keith Holloway (Bass) & Ian Woledge (Guitars).
In addition to new arrangements of existing material there are new tunes, many of which have been written by Penny or Paul.
Penny is a very accomplished musician across many genres, writes & arranges tunes and can be found leading the very youthful band Out of Hand when not playing with Random or studying music at University.
No stranger to the Ceilidh scene, Adam has been playing drums from a very early age, is an accomplished dancer, a former member of NYFTE & son of a well-respected Caller & dancing parents.
He has played with many of the top UK Ceilidh Bands, stood in for others & has seamlessly stepped into the vacated boots of the previous Drummer Roger keeping the 'Rock-Steady' feel to the backline.
Since the 1970s, Paul has been playing Melodeon & writing tunes. Has danced with & played for many Morris sides and still is a musician for The Chiltern Hundreds & Chippenham Town Morris.
In the past Paul has played with & led many Ceilidh Bands, many of Randoms' tunes were written by Paul and he continues to add new material.
Multi-instrumentalist, Keith can be found embracing many different genres of music either on Melodeon, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin or Tenor Banjo.
Along with Paul & Ian he is a founder member of Random and his signature Bass lines are one of the unique features that set the Band apart.
Another multi-instrumentalist, Ian plays Melodeon & has led the band Pitchfork for approaching 40 years, as well as being Randoms' guitarist laying down rhythms that give dancers a 'lift'.
Between them there is almost 150 years of experience of playing for Ceilidhs in the new, refreshed & revitalised Random - coming to a Ceilidh near you soon!
The Band acknowledges the previous musical leadership & enormous contributions in the first 15 years from both Saul Rose & Roger Smith.
Phone: +44 (0) 7771 504 806