Phil Preen

Phil Preen

About me

I live in the Lady Bay area of West Bridgford in Nottingham and am married to Julie who works as a gardener. Julie also works in schools creating living willow structures, and trades under the name of Whim Wham Willow. I met Julie through morris dancing when I joined Sergeant Musgraves Dance. Julie is a keen environmentalist, has been an activist in The Green Party and the local FIELDS group which successfully campaigned against the fourth trent river crossing which would have destroyed the farm where she used to live and would have devastated the green belt at the edge of Nottingham.

I work as a software developer for a company called Lacerta Technology Ltd. (formerly Triton Technology Ltd.). We are based in Keyworth and we produce scientific instruments for characterising polymers and other materials using various thermal analysis techniques.

My main interests at the moment centre around traditional folk music, dancing and singing. I play percussion and tin whistle with The Bang On The Wall Band. More recently I have also started doing some calling of dances for ceilidhs and barn dances. I help to run the music sessions for the Grand Union Folk Club and regularly attend the singarounds and some of the guest nights at the club. In 2005 I along with Julie and a couple of friends started our own folk club.I am currently the dance foreman (teacher) for Sergeant Musgraves Dance, and also dance with Anstey Morris, The Hinckley Plough Bullockers, and on occasion with The Bunnies From Hell.