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This six piece band has created its own distinctive style within the folk, roots and acoustic genre with a blend of great harmonies and wonderful musical arrangements. The band has the ability to move seamlessly from traditional to contemporary and self-penned material with a repertoire ranging from gentle ballads to driving, rhythmical folk rock, blues and gospel.
Whilst often giving a refreshing edge to established favourites, the band also endeavours to introduce contrasting material from the less frequently explored corners of this particular musical landscape. The warmth and humour that allows them to connect with their audience is not compromised by the discipline that they bring to their performance.

Bandersnatch emerged in early 2000, when six individuals with substantial musical experience decided to create a sound that combines rich vocal harmonies and musicianship. In 2007 the band lineup changed and now comprises:

Dennis Dodds: mandolin, guitar, banjo, & vocals
Ian Kell: acoustic/electric guitar, piano & vocals
Ed McGurk:       guitar, cittern, whistles & vocals
Norman Raw: bass & vocals.
Rebecca Raw: violin/viola & vocals.
Alan Roscoe: guitar & vocals.

Bandersnatch are comfortable playing unplugged in folk clubs or on a large stage. The flexibility resulting from the bands instrumental versatility allows it to adapt its music to the venue and the audience.
Some past and future appearances include theatres,universities, festivals, arts centres, and folk clubs.
Radio Broadcasts: The band has guested and been broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC GMR and Chorley fm. Other BBC broadcasts include Radio Lancashire, Radio Shropshire, Radio Derby. Radio Hereford and Worcester, Radio Wales, Sheffield Live, Radio Britfolk, Bradford fm and ONfm.
Recordings: The bands first CD entitled Round and Round was released in 2006 and can be played in full on the bands website. The bands follow-up CD Changing Days recorded at Parkhead Studio was released in November 2008.

Reviews of live performances are often submitted to the bands website. The following are some typical comments:

A great evening in the company of the excellent Bandersnatch. A superb repertoire and brilliant musicianship ~ what more could anyone want! This was the first time of hearing but won't be the last!
(Peter Mercer, Resident Performer Maghull Folk Club)

Thank you for a wonderful evening at the marks for choice of songs, arrangements, superb harmonies. A great performance by a supremely talented band.
(Tony, Topic Folk Club, Bradford)

A repertory that's rich in diversity; this is a band at its creative peak. Loved 'em. Quite simply, they hit the spot.
(Clive Pownceby, Bothy Folk Club)

Bandersnatch encapsulated quite simply the very best of all the ingredients that promote this kind of music. Their performance was professionally entertaining yet wonderfully warm.
(Peter Hardman, review in Folk North West magazine)

Class boys, total class. Really really enjoyable, great musicianship and a superb range of songs played without stress, without ego.
(Darren Poyzer)

If you are lover of music then catch one of their gigs. If you are a club organiser then book em.
(Ron, The Howcroft, Bolton)
Wonderful mixture of musical talent and voices in Harmony, a very relaxing and enjoyable evening - will keep a look out where youre playing next. Thank you.
(Louise, Sandbach Unplugged)

This band continues to surprise me, each time I see them I like them more. Rich and varied, not out of place on any folk club or festival stage. I look forward to seeing them back at Middlewich 2008, mainstage! Look out for them.
(Liz Rosenfield, Festival Director, Middlewich

The band has now released two CDs  Round and Round (2006) and Changing Days (2008) listen to them on

Thank you for a wonderful evening at the marks for choice of songs, arrangements, superb harmonies. A great performance by a supremely talented band.
(Review from The Topic Folk Club, Bradford)

To Book Bandersnatch contact

Lynne Barnes
AmandaLynne Music
68 The Beeches,

Tel 01270 628041 Mobile 077 900 82523

E-mail: Lynne

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updated: 10 years ago