Formed in 1997 by Maya and Daygan, Dragonsfly is a Celtic-Eastern-Folk Fusion band with a unique sound born from the band member's musical tastes and influences.
This vibrant and original five-piece interlace instruments as diverse as bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, bouzouki, mandolin, tabla, electric bass, saxophones, vocals and more resulting in groove-driven music that is passionate, high-energy, tender and entrancing. Their performances are rooted in traditional music but with their own contemporary interpretation and with songs inspired by their personal experiences and musical backgrounds. Their music celebrates community and the spirit of the land, enchanting audiences to sing, dance and be stirred.
Live, they are an enthusiastic, lively and visually exciting band and are well used to providing very energetic performances for large audiences.
The current members of the band are:
Maya Preece (lead vocals, Bagpipes, Electro-acoustic Classical Guitar & Recorders),
Daygan Robinson (Mandolin, Bouzouki & lead vocals),
Tom Simenauer (Tabla, Percussion, backing vocals),
Duncan Moss (Saxophones, Flute, Rauschpfeife, Lute-back electro-accoustic Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes & backing vocals) and
Iccy Slade (Bass & backing vocals).
Special mention should be made of Cliff Stapleton (Hurdy Gurdy), who was a member of the band for 3 years, and contributed his own track 'The Dream' to their latest album 'The Ridgeway', and also features on the Title track.
Gem Quinn (Drum Kit, Darrabukka and Djembe) is a skilled musician and sound engineer who also plays with Dragonsfly from time to time.
Dragonsfly mainly perform in venues and festivals around the South West of England, but have also developed a dedicated following in France and Sweden through playing festivals there too.