Anita is Road Not Taken's main vocalist and writer of original songs. She also acts as our unofficial administrator and we've occasionally let her loose with a kalimba at gigs. Anita's neighbours graciously put up with our practices!

In her day job, Anita works on the all-age ministry team at Christ Church in Downend.

Guitar, Vocals

Ant mostly plays guitar in Road Not Taken, along with some vocals, and can also sometimes be found behind the harmonium or piano.

Ant runs Fancourt Music, a bookings agency working with the likes of Jim Moray and Lady Maisery, is Chairman of Downend Folk Club and works freelance for Musica with Claire.


Claire is the latest addition to Road Not Taken, having joined the line-up in April 2016. Her soaring fiddle has been a joy to behold, while she also sometimes sings and plays harmonium.

Claire runs Musica Bristol & Surrounds, a Community Interest Company which provides workshops in care settings as well as for children.


Joe plays more instruments than most of us can even name (with Road Not Taken alone he's played harmonium, bass guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, trumpet and guitar!). He also recorded our debut EP and is our arranger-in-chief of traditional material.

Joe also plays with the brass ensemble Horning Glory.

Road Not Taken are a folk collective made up of singer Anita Dobson, singer and guitarist Ant Miles, fiddler Claire Hamlen, and multi-instrumentalist Joe Hamlen. For some gigs. we are joined by Joe Brydon on slide guitar and harmonica.

Based near Bristol, the band came together through Downend Folk Club, and soon found themselves supporting India Electric Co and headlining a local showcase event at the club.

Appearances at Bristol Folk Festival and The Great Big Almonry Folk Weekend followed, and the response was so good that something which started life as a hobby began to grow, and the band hatched plans for an EP. 'Back Into Storyland' was released in Spring 2016.

Further support slots for some great artists were next, with the band opening for BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-nominated singer Ange Hardy & The Bare Foot Band and rising-star Kelly Oliver, as well as playing at various local events, while 2016 brought support slots for the likes of Lady Maisery and Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley as well as headline events at some of Bristol's best folk venues.

In 2017 Road Not Taken further enhanced their growing reputation with an appearance at Oxford Folk Week as the band began to venture outside of the Bristol area more, and a first full-length album is only a matter of time.

Road Not Taken play a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs, in their unique, melancholic style.

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