This occasional folk unit comprises Neti Vaandrager (b. 21 August 1957, Rotterdam, Netherlands; fiddle, vocals), Chris Haigh (b. 17 August 1957, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England; fiddle, vocals, mandolin), Bernard O’Neill (b. 4 September 1961, Dublin, Eire; double bass, vocals) and Ashley Drees (b. 25 May 1956, Paddington, London, England; cittern). Formed in 1987, the members came from a variety of musical backgrounds. Haigh had been heavily into western swing, while O’Neill had been playing jazz. Drees’ earlier days of playing Irish traditional music in Dublin, had led to his teaming up with the Dutch-born Texan Vaandrager. Playing a blend of Cajun, swing, and folk music, the group impressed audiences from the start, and in 1988, they won the Ever Ready national busking competition at the BBC Radio Show. Their prize was a day in CBS Rooftop Studio which, with production help from Andrew Cronshaw, saw Wolf At Your Door emerge. Vaandrager went on to join Cajun band the Companions Of The Rosy Hours as well as Vivando, and the Poozies. O’Neill joined the trio George Bernard Shaw. Haigh performed occasionally with Jenny Beeching; while Drees became involved in various Irish music duos and record production. The band reconvened for the quirky Blazing Fiddles in 1996.
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