Mark plays percussion, drums and whistle, sometimes all at the same time. Mark lives in Bentham and, as well as playing with the Moonbeams, regularly jams with other musicians in the area. In his other life he is in the process of building a house on a croft on Scoraig a stunningly beautiful peninsula on the west coast of Scotland. We are looking forward to doing some gigs up that way.
Jon writes the songs, sings and plays guitar. He lives in Long Preston and has been a songwriter for many years, drawing on a lifetime’s experience of living and working in the Dales.
Luke adds a mellow double bass to the mix and comes Settle, just down the road. Luke has played in various bands and likes nothing better than to get out and play a bit of jazz now and then.
Jen plays viola, which is one of the hallmarks of the Moonbeams sound, and lives in Long Preston. She teaches piano and violin and works in the local music shop in Settle ‘Settle Music’.
Ben, who plays accordion, mandolin, banjo and anything else he can lay his hands on, adds arrangements and vocal harmonies. He has just released his own critically acclaimed solo debut album ‘Good Day Mister Magpie’ and gigs regularly in his own right at http://www.benavison.com . Ben now lives on a narrow boat near Oxford and divides his time between playing music and travelling back up to the Dales.