sue flute kendal

Sue is the our caller, flute player and the band's token musician.  Enthusiastic, energetic, the Ceilidh Queen of the North West!  Happy to help anyone get up on their feet.  Sue also plays classical flute and piccolo for Westmorland Orchestra and conducts Flutes & Co, Cumbria's flute orchestra.  Sue plays a George Ormiston wooden flute, Fred Rose whistle and Yamaha wood piccolo.


dave whistle ambleside

Dave's vast experience in folk songs and tunes, combined with his “distinctive” sense of humour ensures that we enjoy our performances as much as the audience.  His songs and witty repartee ensure that Rascal Fayre can provide a full range of entertainment in addition to any dancing.  Dave too has been actively involved in the local folk music scene for many years and plays a full range of whistles, his favourite being a low whistle.



Pete French joined the band in October 2019 replacing Ian and was a former member of the now disbanded Macaroon Ceilidh Band and comes to the band with considerable experience - welcome aboard Pete


fergus mandola kendal

Fergus, like Ian, seems to have been on the local folk music scene for ever and he has a mind boggling collection of instruments of all types and hues.  Fergus is a clever engineer so as well as being a fine mandolin player, he does things with wires and plugs so that we can be heard over the stamping feet and wild laughter of the dancers.  His main instruments are a Fylde acoustic octave mandola, Airline electric mandola, Mandocaster mandolin, Deering Tenor Banjo, Roland Handsonic Drums and Howard Bodhran.


Sarah's parents are both musicians so by aged 7 she was persuaded to play an instrument.  Being very small, Sarah chose the violin because she thought it would make her look grown up and important.  It didn't work, she is still very small but she has enjoyed playing a variety of orchestras and ensemble groups over the years including Bekkestua Orkestra in Oslo and leaving the University orchestra at Ripon and York.  Sarah has also busked her way round Europe in sub zero temperatures in Norway and has had her busking money stolen by gipsy children in Florence.  Sarah has been playing folk music now for 8 years and enjoys the spontaneity and informality of playing with friends.  Being part of Rascal Fayre is always different and always fun.

seperatorFormer Band Members (more to follow)

Ian Berket - he retired from the band in October 2019 and has been now been replaced by Pete French on keyboards. 

Stand In's

From time to time not all the members of the band are available and well utilize other performers and range from Tony on Guitar to Dan Mason, Martin Harvey & Sally Hardaker on calling.