Vic Shepherd & John Bowden
John is originally from Liverpool and Vic is from Sheffield, where they met and still live. They sing English songs, including some from the Sheffield area, as well as North American and Canadian variants, either in unaccompanied harmony or with Anglo concertina, melodeon and, unusually, jew’s harp! They have a long connection to the Grenoside Sword Dancers – Vic’s Dad danced with the team in the 1950s and 60s, and John is one of the musicians for the side – and are both stalwarts of the Local Carols traditions in Ecclesfield and Grenoside. They have given talks on these carols, and on the Canadian collector Edith Fowke, at several festivals, and enjoyed contributing to “Whitby@Home” in 2021.