BLACKTHORN BAND



photos © Toby Amies
Blackthorn perform their melodic brand of Irish, Scottish and English traditional music in concerts and for ceilidhs at festivals, arts centres, folk clubs, weddings and private functions all around Southern England. All the band are multi instrumentalists and singers, and a provide a varied and traditional feel to the music, songs and dances. Fergus and Mannie McClelland have been performing traditional music for many years, and were founder members in 1995. Sarah Mooney joined in 1999, Alex Percy in 2003, and Kat Hurdley in 2011.

Far From Home - Blackthorn’s debut album was released in March 2004.

The River That Runs Below - The second album was released on August 4th 2008


Fergus (Pete) McClelland - Vocals, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Fiddle. Fergus has been playing traditional music together with his wife Mannie for over 30 years. He is involved in the organisation of three folk festivals. "Ciaran Curran's (bouzouki) style and Pete McClelland's differ greatly - and yet both players are absolutely spot-on." - Aidan Cossey, paythereckoning.com
Mannie McClelland - Anglo Concertina, Bodhran, Dance Caller. During the week she now works as an educational psychologist, and also leads her “Music with Mannie” children's music workshops at folk festivals. She is also a member of ThingumaJig.
Alex Percy - Fiddle, Guitar, Bass pedals, Vocals. Alex made his name with Beltaine and folk rock outfit Rocas, performing with each of them at several major UK festivals. He is now also a member of The Long Notes.
Sarah Mooney - Flute, Low Whistle, Guitar, Bass pedals, Vocals. Sarah’s traditional styles of flute and guitar playing have developed through leading regular sessions in Buffalo USA, Brighton and now London. She is also a founder member of Rocas, and the daughter of Mannie and Fergus.
Kat Hurdley - Fiddle, Flute, Whistle, Guitar, Vocals. Kat, another second generation folkie has played for years in her parents band, and more recently as a duo with Alex.

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As we were: At the Lamb Inn 1996 Posing 1999: Colin, Triona, Mannie, Fergus 2007: Fergus, Sarah, Philippe, Alex, Mannie

1995 to 1999:

Colin Joyce : Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Melodeon
Fran Stocker : Bodhran
Fergus McClelland : Vocals, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo & Fiddle
Mannie McClelland : Anglo Concertina, Guitar
1999 to 2000:

Colin Joyce : Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Melodeon
Triona Joyce : Whistle & Bodhran
Fergus McClelland : Vocals, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo & Fiddle
Mannie McClelland : Anglo Concertina, Guitar
2000 to 2001:

Colin Joyce : Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Melodeon
Sarah McClelland : Guitar, Flute & Bodhran
Fergus McClelland : Vocals, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo & Fiddle
Mannie McClelland : Anglo Concertina, Guitar
2001 to 2003:

Philippe Barnes : Flute, Guitar, Whistle & Bodhran
Sarah McClelland : Guitar, Flute, Bodhran & Uilleann Pipes
Fergus McClelland : Vocals, Melodeon, Bouzouki, Tenor Banjo & Fiddle
Mannie McClelland : Anglo Concertina, Guitar & Mandolin
2003 to 2005

Philippe Barnes : Flute, Guitar, Whistle
Alex Percy : Guitar & Fiddle
Fergus McClelland : Vocals, Melodeon, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo & Fiddle
Mannie McClelland : Anglo Concertina, Guitar, Mandolin & Bodhran
2005 to ...:

Philippe Barnes : Flute, Guitar, Whistle
Alex Percy : Guitar & Fiddle
Sarah Mooney : Guitar, Flute, Whistle
Fergus McClelland : Vocals, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo & Fiddle
Mannie McClelland : Anglo Concertina, Guitar, Bodhran