PEEPING TOM were described recently as a “veteran folk-rock band with all the riffs and reels, National Treasures all of them”! They have been performing continuously over the last forty-five years, playing all the major festivals and dance clubs. Considered by many to be the UK’s favourite dance band they always produce a cracking dance. Peeping Tom have performed at many Warwick Folk Festivals since the very beginning.
Formed in 1972 by Ben Woodward, Peeping Tom have spent the last 40 years perfecting the art of performing high-energy music for English ceilidhs. They travel extensively, playing all of the major festivals and specialist dance clubs. They are noted for their ability to pick the right tune for the right dance, which makes them exceptionally easy to dance to. As you can imagine, their back catalogue of dance tunes is simply immense. Much of their material is written by Ben Woodward and Ian Wilson – both as a collaborative pair and individual composers. They only perform for dancing, although there have been several forays into the theatre, providing the music for Larkrise, Candleford and the Coventry Mystery Plays. Very highly regarded, they are considered by many to be the United Kingdom’s favourite dance band.
Ben Woodward – melodeon;
Ian Wilson – keyboards and cittern;
Pete Smale -guitar;
John McIntosh – bass guitar and tambourine;
Barry Malin – drums and percussion.