Sheepish Grin

Sheepish Grin are a Nottingham-based fiddle and melodeon duo who perform British traditional music - and just love good tunes - for ceilidhs and seasonally-themed evenings of words and music.


Bookings have included theatres, arts festivals, clubs, galleries, street theatre and numerous private and public events, including many ceilidhs.


Sheepish Grin unites the talents of a classically-trained fiddler and melodeonist. Our enthusiasm is for British traditional music and our repertoire is a fresh combination of old and new - jigs, reels, airs, polkas, hornpipes and waltzes are all given a new twist.


We also perform themed shows which can be tailored to your own requirements; a recent popular one is ‘In Comes I’ which combines elements of the Nottinghamshire Plough Play with music from the period of the Napoleonic wars. The more family-friendly version, 'Tommy the Piper's Son' was premiered at Nottingham Royal Centre and we were back there in September 2015 as musicians for the Theatre Royal's 150th anniversary exciting community promenade performance of Sheridan's classic The School for Scandal, directed by David Longford.


Below left - Sheepish with poet David Morley at his reading of The Gypsy and the Poet at Kimbolton Castle and, right,  making 'em dance at York Hospitium . . .



"Sheepish Grin?   No - it gave me a big smile of pleasure last night and clearly the audience reaction showed they felt the same." John Sheppard.


"We would just like to say a big thank you to you all for performing at our wedding party last week. We have been inundated with letters of praise from our guests saying what a great time they had and that the music and dancing were fantastic."


“Thanks to the second coming of John and Richard; once again they brought the house down and gave the night an extra bit of variety without a guitar in sight.”   Woodlark Folk Club


"Just to say thanks for playing at our wedding. You truly helped make it an enjoyable and unforgettable night.  We would gladly recommend you to any of our friends. Thanks again, Robert and Mary."


"I really appreciated you giving up your time to entertain everyone with your catchy music. It added that extra something to make the day go with a swing. We are delighted with the sum of over £1000 to add to the hospice funds." Molly Sykes Sept 2012


"Thank you for the fascinating programme you put together for our "do" . The fact that tickets sold so quickly (we had a waiting list!) was entirely the pull of the music. I particularly liked the mix of readings and music." Rachel Andrew, March 2014