Sheer Hopody
Barn Dance Band

Chris Jewell
Melodeon, fiddle and guitar player with Sheer Hopody Barn Dance Band

Picture of Chris Jewell - Melodeon player with Sheer Hopody Barn Dance Band

"I've been playing for ceilidhs since the age of 10, and started playing melodeon in my early teens after my older sister starting dating a morris dancing melodeon player! I've been a 'Folk Camps' musician in England and Europe for over 30 years, and have played at major festivals including Sidmouth, Towersey, and Chippenham. As a member of Sussex band 'Touchstone', I've now played at the Crawley Folk Festival for over 20 consecutive years."

"When not either playing or teaching music, I also tune pianos."

Chris moved to Devon in 2007 and we've been asking him to play for Hopody as often as possible ever since! He is a virtuoso performer with an incredible repertoire of english ceilidh music. A versatile musician playing melodeon, fiddle and guitar equally well, he's also a very good caller. We're very lucky to have him on board!

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Sheer Hopody Barn Dance Band