"...a hell of a team as well as a talented pair of individuals"


"Siobhan's voice had the audience spellbound"

(Folk NorthWest)

"[Chris's] violin and viola playing is a rare treat"

(Woven Wheat Whispers)


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Acoustic duo Chris and Siobhan have been wowing audiences with their engaging performances of traditional and contemporary songs, with accompaniment on fiddle, viola, tenor guitar or octave mandola, or sung a cappella. Their repertoire contains songs to bring a tear to your eye and songs to make you smile - with a fiddle tune or two for good measure. Chris and Siobhan's typical live set includes a good mixture of material, with traditional songs (mainly, but not exclusively, English) and original arrangements of songs from a variety of great writers, both familiar and not so familiar.

Chris and Siobhan have been performing music together for more than 25 years, having first got together when they were members of 'rogue folk' band Cluster of Nuts in the early 1980s. They have been getting enthusiastic feedback everywhere they appear, and they are equally at home in an intimate, acoustic setting or on the 'big stage'. Having relocated from the south of England several years ago, Chris and Siobhan are based in Southport, Merseyside, where they are popular members of the team of Resident Singers at the famous Bothy Folk Club.

New CD by Ellen (Siobhan's mum) now available (March 2015)


Ellen CD image


Ellen, who is 88 years young, has recorded this collection of songs from her wonderful repertoire to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society.

Mostly all her her own work, but aided and abetted here and there by Siobhan (harmony vocal), Keith Price (guitar) and Chris (fiddle).

Only 5 (or more if you wish!) from us in person. Also available to order online at 7 including P&P.

Track list and sales here.

All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Society.

New CD released September 2014

Cork Jackets and Drill

Cork Jacket CD image


Cork Jackets and Drill, by Len Pentin, tells the story of the 1886 disaster in which 27 members of the Southport and St Annes lifeboat crews lost their lives.

Performed by the Cork Jacket Crew:
Len Pentin, Pete Rimmer, Clive Pownceby, Chris Nelson, Siobhan Nelson and Colin Wayte.

Listen to some clips from the songs here.

CD sales from our online shop here

On our ReverbNation page you can listen to full audio versions of:

A Dream Gone Passing By (our contribution to Geoff Parry's fund-raising CD for Queenscourt Hospice, Southport); and

Play the Hand (from our 2010 CD Early Birds).

Early Birds

Listen to a few 'taster clips'

Read reviews of Early Birds here and here

Our CDs can be purchased from our Online shop

".... quite possibly the most bewitching performance that the folk scene will produce this year" (Mike Wilson, Folking.com)

"... imaginative settings that display a genuinely creative and refreshingly non-gimicky approach ... and steering well clear of today's ubiquitous guitar-dominated folk template ..." (David Kidman, fRoots magazine)

"...mellow and uncluttered with fine fiddle playing from Chris ..." (Jeremy Weaver, Fiddle On magazine)

To read a gig review click here



Photos: Jean Smith


Chris & Siobhan support Folk Against Fascism

Site updated: 7 October 2015