Bill Lloyd : Willy Ruby

Contemporary and traditional songs 

5 String Banjo (Frailing style)
Swayne Pipes, Spanish Gaita pipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Shuttle Pipes, 
Arabian lute (La’Oud), whistles, piccolo,
Storyteller, MC, compere & session host.
Dance caller with the Macaroon Ceilidh Band

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Audio Sample: Willy Ruby Band 

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Bill Lloyd is known as a live performer in Cumbria, the Borders and North West England, and in and around Cavan in Ireland, both as a soloist, with the Willy Ruby Band, The Wildwood Band, and with Billy & The Goats. 

He has appeared at clubs and festivals throughout England, Ireland and Scotland, including the Cork Folk Festival, the Aberdeen Rootin' Aboot festival, Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, The Wickerman, Eden, and Tinto festivals, the North Wales Bluegrass Festival, SolFest, The A1 Roots Festival, Gainsborough Old Time Festival, Dent and Sedbergh Folk Festivals, Feakle, (Co. Clare) and for the last three years at the All Ireland Fleadh.

He has worked as a dance caller for 20 years, and for 4 years was Director of the Kendal Folk Festival and the Kendal Jazz Festival.  He has become well known among travellers at pub sessions and all-night camp-fires on the road to Appleby Fair, where us is known as Banjo Billy.  He is a Gypsy and Traveller Representative on the Appleby Fair Committee. 

His material is wide-ranging and includes old-time Appalachian dance music and songs, country rock, bluegrass, contemporary and traditional Irish ballads, traditional European dance music and his own songs. Please see side menu links for set list and audio samples. 

Although his music draws on these different styles, he has developed a personal and distinctive voice, ranging from high energy dance tunes to delicate ballads, all with strong lyrics and banjo accompaniment, in the clawhammer and frailing styles.

Bill Lloyd's music has found a wide and enthusiastic audience over the last 25 years, and appeals to young and old, straight and alternative, traditional and contemporary. 

References and demo CD available.   Bill Lloyd plays a Griffin banjo.

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