Flowers and Frolics

Festival Dance House


This UK outfit specialized in English country dance music and music hall songs. Flowers And Frolics formed in 1974, but at the time they had no official name so were credited as the Graeme Smith Band, for a gig announced in Melody Maker. Their moniker was taken from the name of original member Graeme Smith (b. Melbourne, Australia). Smith left to return to Australia before the band recorded its first album. The line-up on 1977’s Bees On Horseback was Mike Bettison (b. 3 June 1951, Chiswick, London, England; melodeon/vocals), Roger Digby (b. 19 April 1949, Colchester, Essex, England; concertina, piano, vocals), Bob King (b. 27 March 1952, Eastbourne, Sussex, England; banjo/guitar), Dan Quinn (b. 11 October 1949, Grimsby, South Humberside, England; melodeon/vocals), Ted Stevens (b. 27 September 1952, Redruth, Cornwall, England; percussion) and Alex West (b. 8 November 1954, England; tuba), with guest vocals from June Tabor and Bob Davenport. By the time a second album was released, 1984’s Sold Out, King and West had been replaced by Trevor Bennett (b. 4 August 1945, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England; trombones, flügelhorn, helicon), Rob Gifford (b. 1 March 1955, Wanstead, London, England; percussion), and Nick Havell (b. Nicholas George Havell, 7 January 1951, Stratford, London, England; bass trombone).