About Red Hippo

Red Hippo is Peadar Long, Daz Jones and Simon Chantler. They play saxophones, sousaphone, fiddle, whistles, bass clarinet, stompbox, flute, and even the highland bagpipes.

Red Hippo are a truly unique trio, who combine Jazz, Folk and World music to create compositions which are accessible yet challenging. Red Hippo take the listener on instrumental journeys influenced as much by Swedish traditional folk music as by New Orleans Second Line Jazz, Reggae and Dub. They respectfully nod towards The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Bellowhead, Filafolket and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and yet don’t sound like any of them.

Red Hippo have appeared at Towersey Folk Festival, Whitby Musicport Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week, Beverley Folk Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Barnsley “Madfest,” and Marsden Jazz Festival.

They have also supported The Oysterband, LAU, Andy Irvine, O’Hooley and Tidow, and Kan.

Peadar Long

Saxophones, whistles, bagpipes and bass clarinet

Paedar has a distinguished career in both the folk and jazz worlds, with the award-winning Kitsyke Will, local Jazz legends Tongue and Groove, and his own compositional work – Celestial Echoes.

Daz Jones

Sousaphone, Stompbox

Daz has played with World Beat combo - The Real Macaws, with the UK’s only Acoustic Ska Band – Skavolution, and barn dance band - The Last Chance Saloon Band.

Simon Chantler


Simon has played with legendary folk-punks The Whisky Priests, and now plays in Calderdale supergroup A Rookery, with ceilidh band Shinjig, and Irish band Kelly’s Heroes.