Originally comprising Gavin Atkin (fiddle/vocals), Tim Bull (melodeon), Chris Warner (bass) and Richard Blake (saxophone), Florida formed in the UK in 1990 after the first three named members of the band had deserted their previous project, Melons For Ecstasy. They were joined by trumpet player Charlie Handley but by 1991 Blake had departed, to be replaced on saxophone by Richard Goodwin of the Seven Champions. The consciously rejected the idea of a drummer, basing their decision on their preference for early 80s Oysterband and Blowzabella. They quickly earned a formidable reputation by playing extensively throughout the UK, using traditional material such as ‘The Leaves Of Life’ and ‘Dudley Boys’, but imbuing them with abrasive arrangements - usually distinguished by the unusual presence of a brass section. Mixing dance numbers with ballads, they won many new supporters in 1993 with their self-titled debut album and appearances at both the Sidmouth and Warwick folk festivals. Brass Roots confirmed their stature as one of the more inventive of the modern ‘ceilidh’ bands, capturing something of the essence of their live show and mixing songs with polkas and jigs.