The band started playing together in the summer of 2000 and have performed at many festivals around the country including; Sidmouth International Festival, Cheltenham Folk Festival, Chippenham Folk Festival, Wimborne Folk Festival, Dartmoor Folk Festival and Whitby Folk Week. During the coming months PJD will be at venues throughout England - check out the 'Diary' page to find out if we are visiting your area.
Patterson Jordan Dipper perform mainly English traditional songs, as well as both traditional and contemporary music from England, Sweden and the Lowlands on a wide range of instruments including; Voice, Fiddle, Concertinas, Cittern, Mandola and Guitars.
James Patterson and Ralph Jordan were both born in 1954. Ralph in Streatham, South London, James during the first Sidmouth Folk Festival but in the Wirral of Cheshire. Twenty years later they met at the Bird in Hand club in SE 23 and, deciding that Ralph playing and James singing was a combination with potential for improvement, came together eventually to become the duo - Silas.
In 1978 Ralph and James joined Mick Ryan and John Burge to form Crows. Ralph left in 1981 to form Eric with the inimitable Nigel Chippindale and Colin Thompson. James stayed with Crows for four more years when other, family, interests took his attention.
John Dipper has grown up steeped in the musical traditions of performing and instrument making parents. Playing fiddle for as long as he can remember, John has performed in various ensembles, with Chris Wood and Robert Harbron in the English Acoustic Collective, is part of Martyn Wyndham-Read's No-Mans Band, various dance and ceilidh bands and for Morris on his way to playing with PJD. John has recently started up his own band, The John Dipper Band, which has received much acclaim in it's first year from well known radio presenters such as Verity Sharp as well as wowing festival audiences in the UK and abroad.