Jacky played the piano as a child and also had an 8 bass accordion but only started playing seriously when, after moving to Priddy in Somerset, she discovered that a folk session happened in her local pub, The Hunters’ Lodge Inn, every Tuesday night. She learned to play tunes by ear and never looked back. She had a Russian accordion in those days which was brought back from Moscow by her partner Bevis, who bought it with his hard earned roubles. After a few years Jacky bought a 3 voice Galotta made in the GDR and started playing for ceilidhs in The Backroom Band, which was largely made up of musicians from the backroom of the pub. Jacky loved her Galotta but hankered after a 4 voice box so she could have a musette tuning. Jacky passed her Galotta on to her eldest son when she found a second hand Guiletti, her first Italian box. Jacky currently plays a 96 bass, 4 voice Bourcini which she thinks will be her last box because it can’t be improved on. Now her 4 children have grown up and she has retired from teaching she again plays in the Hunters’ Lodge Inn every Tuesday night.