Bob Howlett plays piano-accordion and a bit of guitar. He sings songs, mainly folk, but also from a number of other genres. As a barn dance caller he has for a decade inspired audiences to enjoy themselves on the floor at barn-dances. 'Doctor' Bob has been playing music on the folk scene for 20 years in bands with such as 'the Great Tay Bridge Disaster', 'Monkey's Fist', the 'Fiery Clockface' (version 1) and Magellan, which transmogrified into the new 'Fiery Clockface'. In addition to band appearances, he has performed solo and in duos for folk club bookings, pub performances and festivals, and has worked as barn-dance caller for a number of other bands.
John Lucking plays an impressive range of instruments with enviable ability. Stringed instruments he plays include guitar, mandolin, mandola, and a number of others. He also has a repertoire of mainly french tunes he plays on the melodeon. John's playing is noted for his innovative accompaniments, thoughtful melody lines, and his incomparable ability to quickly pick up a tune and provide a solid foundation for arrangements to build on. Folk music goes pretty deep in John. He has been involved in performing in clubs and sessions as a member of a number of different bands over several decades. John builds instruments as well as playing them, having turned his hand to, for example, bowed psaltry, bell-citern and harpsichord.
Dick Warner is a noted tune-smith, who has a reputation for his inspiring melodies on flute and penny whistle. He has also been known to forsake the tune to lay down a rattling percussion line on the spoons! From time to time Dick gives proceedings a nautical flavour by blasting out sea-shanties, with all and sundry joining in the chorus. He played with 'Band from the Drawing Room', was a founder member of 'Late Night Extra', and currently plays with 'Foreman Five'. In a previous life he was Foreman (teacher) of the Sompting Village Morris for a total of six years and danced for a total of 17 years.
Paul Spedding is the bass-man of the band. With panache and aplomb, he lays down a flamboyant bass line that complements the medoldy in a way that few other bass players find possible. Cool and impassive, as only bass players can be, Paul expresses himself through his music with an amazing eloquence. Although Paul is an essential element of the 'Fiery Clockface' line-up, he is at much at home playing rock as folk. Paul also plays with local band 'The Valentinos'.