Philip leads the band and arranges all the music, playing accordion, fiddle and occasionally piano.

Philip is also frequently in demand as guest artiste for several other Harrogate-based bands and he plays violin as deputy leader of Harrogate Symphony Orchestra, and cello in Harrogate Philharmonic. He also plays in the family band Stray Chords.

During daylight hours, Philip works as a computer software developer in the world of finance and accountancy.

Fran now lives in Market Deeping in Lincolnshire. Despite the travelling involved, Fran still gets to most of the gigs and is one of the finest fiddlers on the folk dance scene today.




Joshua plays fiddle, guitar and bass with Knotted Chord plus double bass and tuba elsewhere and has been performing with ceilidh bands from an early age. He joined Knotted Chord in 2015, and is also a regular guest with several other Harrogate based bands. Joshua also plays in the Rowe family band Stray Chords.
Benjamin currently lives in Warwickshire but still joins us occasonally. He is a hugely talented fiddler and composer who has been performing with ceilidh bands since he was 9 years old. He has been a fairly frequent guest musician with Knotted Chord since 2010, and also a regular guest with several other Harrogate based bands. He joined us as a full time member in 2014 to replace Rob Ackrill. Benjamin also plays in the Rowe family band Stray Chords. He writes some of the band's material and has published a book of tunes which can be ordered at the Stray Chords online shop.


Knotted Chord is usually a three-piece band.
For major folk festivals and other special events, Knotted Chord may be a four or five-piece band.
For smaller events with limited budget we can provide just two musicians.

Whatever the number of musicians, there will always be a caller who acts as MC for the event and explains the moves of the dance. We work with a variety of callers, some of whom specialise in particular areas of folk dance, so we can always provide someone appropriate to the style of event you have in mind. We are also happy to work with any caller you may wish to choose yourself.