Mischief Afoot are a folk trio based in the Cotwolds in the UK. We play a mixture of English, Irish and American folk songs and tunes, as well as self-penned compositions.
We set out to entertain an audience with music for the heart, mind and feet and with songs to make them laugh, cry and sing along. The instrumental work can be dazzling, inventive, sensitive, playful or downright mischievous!
Our line-up consists of Becky Dellow on fiddle, John Davis on recorder and bodhran, and Jeff Gillett on guitar, mandola, mandolin, English concertina and vocals. Jeff and Becky, having played together in various groups for over two decades, have a musical understanding that can seem telepathic. But John, having played with them for only five years or so, is so firmly on the same wavelength that you wouldn’t recognise him as a newcomer.
We are available for clubs, pubs, festivals: and, indeed, any occasion where good music is required. We are also available for ceilidhs and barn dances as Malarki
, with the addition of Colin Rudall on bass and guitar.
Fiddle player Becky Dellow has toured the festival circuit, folk clubs and pubs in duos and bands, recording with Ed Boyd from Flook, and supporting Ric Sanders (Fairport Convention) and Eliza Carthy. In 2013 Becky was awarded a Master's Degree (Musicology), researching the origins of tunes used in Playford's 1651 English Dancing Master. In addition to playing with Mischief Afoot she is also a member of John Harris' (ex Firebrand and Celtish) band Taeppeda.
Jeff is principally a guitarist, but also sings and plays mandolin, mandola, dulcimer and English concertina. Best known for his work with Ron Taylor, with whom he has performed for over twenty-five years, he has also formed duos with the late Sarah Morgan of Craig Morgan Robson and with his wife, Elaine, with whom he now appears under the name of Discovery. Jeff has played for concerts and ceilidhs with Fubar and subsequently Malarki, as well as being an experienced solo performer. He has provided accompaniments for recordings by Marianne McAleer, Jim Causley, Martin and Shan Graebe and Sarah Morgan.
Originally a classical musician, some twenty years ago he met a monk in Wales, who took him along to his first folk session (really), and he has been playing folk music ever since. He has played in any number of folk groups, ceilidh bands, morris sides and world music ensembles.