Striding Edge were formed in the winter of 1995. Five like-minded musicians from Kendal, Windermere and Dalton came together with the idea of exploring Lakeland music and taking it in exciting new directions. Their reputation for throwing thrilling ceilidhs grew, and 1996 onwards saw the band on a roll, gathering gigs around the Cumbria, North Lancashire with forays to the Midlands and the South. In those days you could see Striding Edge play at regional centers such as The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, and The Platform in Morecambe plus a host of starred hotels for private clients.