Highly regarded UK mandolinist Marc Woodward started playing the mandolin in his early teens and studied with Tommy Jackson, a regular London sessions mandolinist, contemporary of Hugo D'Alton and an ex member of Troise's Mandoliers.

By the age of seventeen, while still at school, Marc was performing seven nights a week with his musician father, appearing at venues ranging from upmarket places such as The Connaught Rooms in London, The Grand Hotel in Brighton and Henley Regatta, to nightclubs in Belgium, Dutch Hotels and Florida Tiki bars!

Allen Maslen

Founder member of Affinitée, some 10 years ago, is Basil Bunelik, one time organist of Billy Ocean's first band.  After a couple of years heaving a Hammond Horgan together around pubs and clubs, Basil was heard to remark "When the going gets tough, the tough get an accordion" 
And so he came to form Troika in the 1980's performing Russian and Ukrainian folk music, and later getting a Millenium Award to initiate projects in Jewish Klezmer music.
Like most dedicated accordionists, Basil always had an interest in the French tradition and repertoire, so when an outstanding French singer turned up, Affinitée became Piaffinitée and their show PIAF COMES TO LIFE was being performed to great acclaim up and down the country.

Marc Woodward

In 1986 Marc moved to the South West where he has become an established performer at clubs, art centres, theatres and festivals. He has worked with such luminaries as John Renbourn and the late Jo Ann Kelly

While still in his teens Allen joined Coventry band Easy Street as lead guitarist/keyboard player. He continued his apprenticeship through his 20s and 30s doing pub rock with Earl Gray And The Tealeaves, dinner jazz at the Cannes Film Festival, poodle-perm metal with Thud And Blunder and session guitar on The James Whale Show, while playing three nights a week in a Greek restaurant and, bizzarely, finding time to become an award-winning BBC radio presenter. He also flirted with musical theatre in the mid 1990s, somehow landing the part of Bob Cratchett in a musical version of A Christmas Carol at the RSC Swan Theatre in Stratford. More recently he is a member of the Colvin Quarmby band.

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