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  • Vocals, dance-calling, melodeon, bouzouki, guitar, harmonica.

Striding Edge's front-man Mike Willoughby brings a wide range of skills and instruments to bear in a Striding Edge show: A powerfull and evocative singer, Mike accompanies his lead vocals with either intricate bouzouki playing or gutsy melodeon.

Time for the dancing, and Mike is often found on the floor working with the dancers, before springing back on the stage to re-join the band to play, sing and 'call' the moves.

Mike is happiest punching out the dance tunes with one and two-row melodeons and racked harmonica, often treated with dub echo. He may well launch into a blues-rock guitar solo when the dance floor really hots up!

Mike founded Striding Edge in 1995; a collective of musicians passionate about taking a new vision of Cumbrian music out to the people. That passion continues...

Mike is also a well-respected educational facilitator and works in schools around Cumbria.