I am greatly indebted to my first violin tutor, Wilf Saunders, for all his patience, his hard work, and his great faith in me.
The Tiverton Young Strings Ensemble, and especially Sue Rivett, who guided my first steps in the folk world and helped to develop my playing so much.
Mr. Joey Janes, who very kindly gave me the violin which I use now.
Jackie Oates, who helped me learn to fiddle-sing when I was twelve, and who even played along with me the first time I fiddle-sang in concert at Sidmouth Folk Festival.
Dave Faulkner, Nick Wyke, and all at Rough Music - the Wren Trusts open-access folk orchestra - for showing me new tunes, techniques, and styles, and providing such excellent opportunities to learn.
Iorwerth Pugh, my A-level music tutor, for being such an amazing tutor, full of infectious enthusiasm for all music, and more specifically for having faith and supporting me in every way he could - not to mention simply putting up with me for three years! No-one left his classes without being fired up with pure joy at the musical secrets he shared with us.
My college violin tutor, Alys Tillson-Hawke, has been truly wonderful, and I owe most of my recent competition successes, at least in part, to her excellent advice and guidance.
All at Bradninch Music Festival - Jerry Cahill, Gerard Edwards, and all the others who have been making it such a great experience year after year.
Thanks to Jerry Williamson at the Barnfield Music Club for being so supportive of me.
John Dipper, Christi Andropolis, and Matt Norman for their excellent workshops at Sidmouth Folkweek 2006.
Special thanks to John Dipper for the one-to-one fiddle lesson at Newcastle University.
Angus Grant for the one-to-one fiddle lesson at Newcastle University, and for the drink!
All the staff at Newcastle University for putting up with me on the course, and specifically to Stewart Hardy and Chris Coe for their excellent teaching, and for being so helpful and enthusiastic. Also to Alistair Anderson, Desi Wilkinson and Vic Gammon for being so supportive, and just generally wonderful.