Why are we called Monty's maggot?
Many people ask why we're called Monty's Maggot. Maggot is old English meaning an eccentric or fanciful idea or whim; and the band was an idea hatched during a series of fiddle workshops that Flos and Jerry were running out of the wonderful White Horse pub in Moretonhampstead.
Monty is Jerry's Jack Russell who likes to sing while Jerry practises. Monty likes singing in E minor and it seemed natural to put Monty and Maggot together!
Monty has taught Jerry's other dog Sasha to sing as well.
Monty's Maggot includes Old Swan Band stalwart Flos Headford (fiddle), Jeremy Tozer (melodeon), English String Band's founder Taz Tarry (fiddle), Random's Keith Holloway (bass, banjo and percussion). Tim Normanton (banjo) and Carl Allerfeldt (fiddle) join us when they can.
Ed Rennie, Nina Hansell, Ian Dedic, Dan Bones and Chris Bartram have guested or depped with us at festivals like Shrewsbury, Sidmouth and Wallingford and at other ceilidhs.
Well known callers that we have worked with at festivals include Will Hall, Gordon Potts, Fee Lock and Nick Walden.