Gwyneth Bennellick of Cross Border MusicGwyneth Bennellick - Mandolin and Vocals
Gwyneth grew up with a musical mum and a tone- deaf dad. It was dad who usually sang around the house, unfortunately! Gwyneth began singing when her mum, a teacher at Combe Martin Secondary School, directed a series of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas there. She remembers making her mother play the entire score of The Mikado on their piano, while she sang all the parts.

However, once Joan Baez and Bob Dylan arrived in England in the '60's, she was hooked on folk music. She joined Barnstaple Folk Club and became part of "The Ramble Aways" - a group that survived until the members went their separate ways to various Colleges/Universities, or just other life events....There followed a 40 year break from performing, until a friend asked her to sing at a Fundraising concert. At this point Gwyneth thought she had better learn to play the guitar she had kept under the bed all those years....and started visiting and performing at local music venues.

 

Brian Bennellick of Cross Border MusicBrian Bennellick - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Brian was born in Exeter just as Rock 'n' Roll hit the scene, and sang along with his heroes every chance he got. A friend introduced him to the folk scene that emerged in the 60's and he was an enthusiastic part of the audience, which led to him buying his first guitar in 1967, and having a go. Unfortunately, this was short lived through the onslaught of work, family and other commitments.

In about 1997 he found himself feeling that something was lacking in his life, which was his involvement with music. This encouraged him to return to the local music venues but, from then on, as a performer. His influences are spread right across the genres from Pop ballards to modern Folk and Country. 2010 started a whole new episode when Cross Border was formed, and this enabled him to go back to the one thing that he longed to achieve. 

 

Pete Luke of Cross Border MusicPete Luke - Lead Guitar and Vocals
Pete started playing guitar whilst at secondary school and made his 'stage debut' during school assemblies when only knowing a few chords and even fewer notes. Before leaving school he had started playing electric guitar for a local pantomime group and continued this for several years. During his pantomime years, Pete, with other panto musicians and the panto's 'principal boy' formed a band and played at weddings and other party events. A few years of writing and recording followed with Matthew Mark Productions, a local drama group who staged musical shows at Exeter's Barnfield Theatre and other local venues. After a lengthy absence from the music scene with just a few solo performances, he met Brian and Gwyneth, who introduced him to the contemporary folk scene with Cross Border and the story continues....Pete has a wide range of musical tastes, from jazz to indie rock and particularly likes the Eagles, James Taylor and Coldplay.

 

Jo Marklew of Cross Border MusicJo Marklew - Bass Guitar
Jo Marklew's musical career began thanks to her brother, who had started a group in the '70's. He became so frustrated at the number of bass players who joined and left again that he decided to keep it in the family - and coerced Jo into learning the bass herself! This turned out to be a great success and, with her brother in the Mike Paul Band, and later with the duo, Down Wave, she played holiday camps and hotels at home and abroad. Jo lists her musical tastes as ranging from jazz through to rock and pop, and is now enjoying the varied traditional and contemporary genres that make up Cross Border's repertoire. She was introduced to the Band by another musician friend, and is a very welcome addition to the line-up. Jo lists her musical tastes as ranging from jazz through to rock and pop, and is now enjoying the varied traditional and contemporary genres that make up Cross Border's repertoire. She was introduced to the Band by another musician friend, and is a very welcome addition to the line-up.

 

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