Current Band members

Jacky Carter

Founder member, playing with the band for over 20 years. Trained with Dave (The box) Rushton and Karen Tweed. Currently a member of the national No1 Ladies Accordian Orchestra. Plays a range of styles including English, Scottish and French.

Chris Knight

Classically trained violoinist, who has since decended into the world of folk. Plays both fiddle and mandolin with drive and pace. Also a founder member of the band with over 20 years servitude.


Chas Blacker

Chas has been listening to and playing traditional music since his teens, specialising in assorted squeeze boxes before swopping to wooden flute. A member of various local bands over the years, he enjoys arranging traditional tunes as well as writing new ones. Chas is keen to reconnect people with their local traditions of music, song and dance.

Jocelyn Blacker

Jocelyn learned piano from the age of ten, but has specialised in concertina since the 1970s, apart from a brief flirtation with hammered dulcimer. She played with a number of dance bands before joining the Backroom Band in 2010. A keen dancer herself, she is also in demand as a caller and is always on the look-out for new dances.

Nick Sainsbury

Exprienced his first folk epiphany at the Hunters Lodge Inn Priddy in 2001 and has never looked back since. He also plays in several seesions in and around Bristol as well as for the Bristol based traditional Irish band : Finnegan's Chin.