Sem began playing folk in the 1960's and ran the North London
Poly club for 3 years. After moving to Wantage, a chance meeting
Browning at a parent/teacher association event, where
Sem was demonstrating his musical talents, prompted Richard
to ask him if he had ever considered playing for the Morris.
Unsure whether he had anything useful to contribute, Sem submitted
a demonstration tape for scrutiny by the late Joe
Marns. Thus began his long involvement with
When asked why he wanted to become a Morris man, Sem gave
- For the music and its playing
- Supporting a tradition
- Enjoying a drink with friends
Sem is an accomplished musician, playing accordion,
Anglo concertina and mandolin, to name but a few. He
is currently the Sides' lead musician and historian, but has
also held the posts of Squire and Foreman.