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Sheffield's folk orchestra for young people Telephone Cath James 0114 268 0880E-mail harleyhare@folk-network.com
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Cath James is the Harlequinettes band leader. She arranges and runs the rehearsals, band concerts and the other band activities. She writes the arrangements of all our tunes.

The rest of the time Cath teaches folk fiddle in schools in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire and also has many private pupils of all ages. She enjoys coaxing traditional fiddle tunes from all types of people! She teaches occasionally at workshops for fiddles and mixed instruments and also runs a ceilidh band called Roger the Badger. Visit their website if you want to hear some examples of her playing.

Cath learned to play classical violin at school, but has been immersed in the folk scene ever since. She has been an enthusiastic part of acoustic music in the region for 10 years or so, since she first arrived here in 1989 to study at the University. She never quite made it back to her native Hampshire after gaining her degree primarily because of Sheffield's enviable music scene.


Cath's performed her music in countries including Spain, Greece and Germany. She's also made a number of visits to Cape Breton Island in Canada to immerse herself in the living fiddle tradition there.Closer to home she is a former finalist in BBC Radio Two's Young Tradition Competition, and of course a veteran of many hundreds of ceilidh performances.

Cath has been a committee member of the South Riding Folk Network for some years and has organised several of the Network's major events, including the regular Mayfest and the Folk Factory.

In between all these things she finds time write her own tunes, play regularly in Sheffield's pub sessions and make her own instruments. So far these include an electric fiddle, a Stradivarius "Messiah" violin and, in progress, a five string fiddle.