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Nicola Lyons

Nicola began her playing career with the Fosbrooks (directed by Liza Austin-Strange MBE) in Stockport, where from an early age she learned to play both classical violin and folk fiddle.

In her teenage years she was in a successful duo with accordionist and pianist, Jamie Schofield. This was a stint of three years, which included performances at many festivals worldwide, as well as two recordings.

In addition to the fiddle, Nicola is also an accomplished clog dancer. Formerly a dancer with The Demon Barbers, she performed at many of the major UK folk festivals as well as taking part in their acclaimed folk and hip-hop dance show, 'Time Gentlemen Please'.

She is currently a member of alternative folk quartet, 4Square, who have appeared at many festivals in the UK and Europe, including Fairport’s 2009 Cropredy Convention, before an audience of 20,000. They went on to sell every last copy of their debut album, 20.20 Manchester, becoming The Cropredy Convention’s 2nd biggest selling band of all time!