I fell in love with folk music in my teens. My parents bought me a guitar, and I was part of a Girl Guides folk group called The Definite Article. We entered a competition with a song written by members of the group, called "Birmingham Born"! Inspired by the music of Pentangle and Fairport Convention, the school folk club, and classical guitar lessons with the music teacher's husband, two friends and I formed a group called Travelling Lady. We played at The Boggery in Solihull (Jasper Carrott's club), did support for Jake Thackray at one of his gigs, and even got an audition for the BBC at Pebble Mill, but then it all ended as we went our various ways after leaving school.
I came to Nottingham, and in the early 80s I played guitar (mainly Irish material) with Patti O'Doors and the Sunloungers. In 1984 I got a new and very demanding job so I gave up collective music making and dedicated most of my waking hours to the NHS.
As retirement beckoned, I got involved in folk music again and now play with AJAR (born out of The Poppy Folk Club), The Beeston Ceilidh Collective, and Celtish. My main instruments nowadays are anglo concertina and flute. I love going to the Poppy Folk Club, and to various Irish sessions, and feel very privileged to play with some fantastic musicians.