The Storming Northern Roots Band


Meet the Band: Catch up on the story behind Striding Edge!

Striding Edge: The People's Band!

Twenty years of playing the community events and festival gatherings of Cumbria and North West England has forged Striding Edge into one of the hottest professional roots bands of the region: A people's firm favourite for their energy-packed ceilidh nights and varied concerts.


Striding Edge are, left to right:

  • Mike Willoughby

Vocals, dance-calling, melodeon, bouzouki, guitar, harmonica.

  • Ben McCabe

Drums, percussion, French horn, vocals.

  • Carolyn Francis

Fiddle, border Bagpipes, Trombone, vocals.

  • Rick Middleton

Double-bass, vocals, dance-calling.

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Mike Willoughby Ben McCabe Carolyn Francis Rick Middleton