Summerwood is Tony Croft, Kate Morris and Kent Prentice.
Tony has been involved in music in various forms since his early childhood, learning piano and playing the organ for his local church. He moved into the folk scene in his late teens playing guitar and singing in folk groups in Leeds and Bury.
Tony is now a very experienced and award-winning teacher and brings a wealth of expertise to making challenging topics accessible. He tutors the melodeon and is available for both private tuition and running small group workshops. He writes for the melodeon and has published the melodeon tutor books Melodeon Classics – from Morris to Mozart – abridgements and arrangements of classical melodies for the melodeon, Melodeon Classics – from Morris to Mozart Volume 2, and The Christmas Box – Melodeon Carols, arrangements of carols for the D/G melodeon. April 2017 saw the culmination of another project – Turlough O’Carolan for the Melodeon.
Accordion, Concertina, Whistle, Flute, Clog Dancing
Kate started learning the accordion in Cardiff in 1977 and bought her first accordion for £25 from a Cardiff junk shop. On returning to Nottingham in 1980 she became the musician for the then newly-formed "Maids of Clifton" clog dancers. At this time she purchased a 120 bass Hohner accordion and started taking lessons with Mavis and Fred Parnell, renowned local performers and teachers.
Kate and Tony now perform traditional, French, folk, classical, contemporary and original music on accordion and melodeon. Their various repertoires are suitable for special occasions, background music, residential and retirement homes and general entertainment. As Rendezvous they perform French Café music, including compositions by Edith Piaf, Hubert Giraud and Henry Mancini. This repertoire is suitable for French themed events such as garden parties, French restaurants and Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations. As Cadenza they play classical interpretations of much-loved melodies from Beethoven, Offenbach, Mozart, Pachelbel and many other composers, weaving unique and intricate harmonies around tunes. This repertoire is suitable for background music, weddings and corporate events.
In a special project for summer 2018, Kate and Tony have teamed up with guitarist Kent Prentice to develop the performance set "Summerwood play Carolan".