Nick and Becki are two outstanding fiddle players composing and re-interpreting traditional tunes. They also sing some great songs using their inventive playing as accompaniment.
Nick Wyke - Vocals, fiddle and viola
Becki Driscoll - Vocals, fiddle, viola, and bassoon
James Budden - Double bass
Ellen Driscoll - French horn
Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll are highly respected musicians, composers and workshop leaders from North Devon. They first collaborated as a fiddle duo on a busking trip around Spain and Portugal. Since then, they have made a strong impact on the British folk scene and received national and international acclaim.
Their passion for English traditional music and the violin has led to the development of their unique style. Becki's melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with Nick's driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound.
"...lovely, inventive playing" fRoots
The duo's compositions and their interpretations of traditional English tunes and songs are influenced by a wide range of musical cultures: "We are inspired by the people we meet and the places we've been. We like the idea of a global approach to the English tradition."
" ...passionate musicality and distinctive presence." The Living Tradition
As well as performing, Nick & Becki's work varies from recording symphonic string arrangements for the Angel Brothers to running community group 'The Folk orchestra of North Devon' for Wren Music.
"...a superb advert for English music" The Folk Mag
Becki Driscoll started playing folk and traditional music in her home town of Bridport with ceilidh band Sundance and went on to study community music in Liverpool. Since moving back to the South West she has been working for Wren Music, running music workshops throughout Devon. Becki composes many of the new tunes for the duo, drawing on her interest and knowledge of traditional English and Western European music for inspiration. Her other work has included playing with The Angel Brothers, accompanying Mick Groves from the Spinners and playing fiddle for a Country and Western show at Butlins!
Nick Wyke has lived in North Devon for as long as he can remember! He plays fiddle, guitar, bass and sings. After training with Wren Music as a community musician, Nick began to explore the traditional fiddle-music of the area, particularly the tunes of William Andrew of Dartmoor. He writes many of the arrangements for the duo and is usually found happily chugging away on the chords...
Aside from his work with Becki, Nick plays fiddle with Gadarene, and has worked with great musicians including Jim Moray and Jackie Oates.