Mel Biggs is a musician, melodeon teacher and Morris musician based in South Derbyshire. She started playing and dancing for Foxs Border Morris (Kidderminster) at the age of 10. Being part of their wide social circle introduced her to many other sides, the folk scene, sessions and festivals around the country.
When she moved to Cardiff in 2006 to study at University, she joined Widders Border Morris (Chepstow) and picked up the side’s spare melodeon (and would later spend her student loan on buying it!). She also danced Cotswold for a short time with Bedcote Morris (Stourbridge) whilst taking up the role of Acting Secretary for the Open Morris on a temporary basis in 2012.
She is a founder member of Harlequin Morris – a mixed Cotswold side based all over the UK, played for Ouse Washes Molly from Norfolk and she is in the throes of starting a new Border Morris side – Wilkes’ Gob – telling the stories of her local industrial history in and around South Derbyshire.
Since 2014, she has been building her freelance music and melodeon teaching business. She has worked on some incredible cross-cultural dance fusion projects, taught abroad, performed at some top UK festivals and recorded two albums with her trio Moirai with Jo Freya and Sarah Matthews.
She has been working on her ‘Pick Up & Play with Mel Biggs’ online melodeon course which was launched in April 2018.. Find out more about Mel and her work at www.melbiggsmusic.co.uk.