Based in Swanage, Dorset, Maiden Oak is available for your barn dance, party, wedding reception, harvest supper - indeed, any occasion that wants lively music in the old village style.
Maiden Oak was founded by Rollo Woods, who sadly passed away in early 2018. Rollo had begun is folk "career" as a dancer, bought his first concertina in November 1948 and formed his first band a few years later. Although he had no proper musical training, Rollo took every opportunity to play with old village musicians, including: William Kimber, Scan Tester, Stephen Baldwin, Bob Cann and for many years had one such Ruth Askew in his band, who had a major influence on his playing style. Like these old musicians, he was not a folk purist and preferred to say he played village style music. Rollo’s contribution to folk music was finally recognised when the English Folk Dance and Song Society awarded Rollo their special Gold Badge award in 2015. Rollo joined an illustrious list of Gold Badge holders including EFDSS founder Cecil Sharp, composer Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams, performer/writerA.L. Lloyd, and musicians The Spinners, EFDSS President Shirley Collins and EFDSS Vice President Eliza Carthy.