Acoustic Folk & World Music

From 1993 to 2004 I played in the World/Folk Music band, Banoffi. We toured extensively throughout the UK, playing over a thousand gigs. It was a fantastic experience, and in that time, with the support of our dearest friend, Steven Herbert, we made some wonderful musical explorations.

Here is a small selection of that output.

Playlist of Selected Songs & Tunes

David Moss - Voice, Bouzouki, Viola, Fiddle, Harmonium.

Ian Hulme - Bodrhan, Doumbek, Whistles, Flute, Melodica, Vocal harmonies.

Tim Downie - Steel and Nylon strung guitars (1998 - 2004)

Ray Perry - Guitar and Voice (1994-1995)

Steven Dodds - Guitar and vocal harmonies (1995 - 1997)

Amelia Robson - Cello (2003 - 2004)


Home Before the Sky Breaks

Released in 1997, this 11-track LP features Stephen Dodds on guitar. A collection of beautiful, haunting songs and tunes.

  1. Home Before the Sky Breaks
  2. Michael Justin Tighe
  3. Mossy's Favourite/Jasmine's Jig
  4. Briddy's Farewell to Farewells
  5. Only the Chains
  6. Come Near
  7. Skelder
  8. Rosebay Willowherb
  9. Almond Eyes
  10. River of Dreams
  11. Gallows Hill

Galata Bridge

Released in 1999 as an attempt to capture and convey more the spirit and high energy of the band, compared to the gentler feel of our previous releases.

  1. The Ghost of Toastie
  2. Stephanie
  3. The Waterfall
  4. Krisztina
  5. Bluebells
  6. The Sea Star
  7. All She Can Do
  8. Le Pont Vers La Lune
  9. Bregenz to Merano
  10. Galata Bridge
  11. Ljubljana
  12. Hagia Sofia
  13. Chamomile Lullaby

Bluebells EP

First created in 1999 as a limited edition piece of two hundred copies. The title track appears as two different versions, one live and one a version featuring only two voices, harmonium and low whistle.

  1. Bluebells (Version)
  2. Bluebells (Live)
  3. Si Bheag Si Mhor (Trad.)
  4. Come Near (Live)
  5. Dobbin's Flowery Vale (Trad.)
  6. Ma Petite Limace (Version)

Living by Stories

Released in 2002, Living by Stories is a contemplative album of reflective songs and gentle tunes.

  1. Go to Dreams
  2. Quiet Fire
  3. Stare Mesto
  4. The Hypnotist
  5. Beautiful Delusions
  6. Bless
  7. The Navigator
  8. The Luck Pushers
  9. Nove Mesto
  10. Living by Stories
  11. Kranjska Gora
  12. The Fight
  13. Fat Harry's

Other Releases


Recorded at the Tap and Spile Whitby in 1996, where we held a residency for ten years.

  1. The Crush
  2. Come Near
  3. Bill (of Mill Hill)
  4. Jacqueline
  5. Only the Chains
  6. Doua Jocuri Din Bihor (Trad.)
  7. Reilly's Daughter (Trad.)
  8. The Shape of Water
  9. The Kesh (Trad.)
  10. Drowsy Maggie (Trad.)
  11. Roads to Moscow (A. Stewart)

Influence of Spheres

Especially commissioned to launch Whitby World Music Festival 2001.

Banoffi collaborated with puppeteers Viv Mousdell and Jane Gleaves and
were ably assisted by Gemma Brice - actress and Tim Gleaves O.H.P.

The soundtrack lasting 8'53" was recorded as a commemorative CD, along with a track from each of our preceding albums.

  1. Home Before the Sky Breaks
  2. Almond Eyes
  3. The Waterfall
  4. Galata Bridge
  5. Bluebells (Version)
  6. Influence of Spheres



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