Chris Bartram (fiddle and cello) and Keith Holloway (melodeons) met as teenagers when playing for Abingdon Morris. There are four morris traditions in the UK who are able to claim a continuous history of dancing from before the turn of the century. Of these, the Abingdon sides are able to claim the longest historically verifiable tradition dating, at least, to the sixteenth century.
According to Folk Roots magazine Chris and Keith absorbed the tradition with the commitment and enthusiasm of youth, learning from the old men such as Jack Hyde, Charlie Brett, and Johnny Grimsdale, torch bearers of an unbroken tradition. Chris also regularly walked fifteen miles from Wantage to Bampton to learn from another traditional fiddler, Arnold Woodley.