Barn Dances

Take Your Partner By The Hand …

Ceilidh (pron. kay-lee), barn dance, hoedown, they all mean pretty much the same thing, though our tunes are changed to suit the event. There is companionable dancing with some faster tunes thrown in for the more energetic, good honest folk music, great company and enormous fun! For parties, weddings and fundraisers, a barn dance is a great way to bring people together and get everyone dancing.

From polkas to reels, jigs to hornpipes and marches to waltzes we play a variety of traditional English tunes that will keep you and your guests twirling and stomping for hours.

And thanks to the versatility of the band, when your hoedown becomes a hoe-sitdown, we can entertain with a range of British folk songs and sea shanties while you have  a breather!

The beauty of a ceilidh or barn dance is that everyone can take part, young or old, experienced dancers to beginners and even those with two left feet. You and your guests will be under the watchful eye of our very experienced caller, Bill Howarth, who’ll be with you every step of the way, walking you through the moves before each dance and helping those who have got tangled up or gone the wrong way whilst making sure the band plays at a speed to suit you.

Our core offering includes a caller, PA/sound equipment (we find that this works best when we can plug it in) and musicians playing a variety of traditional instruments such as melodeons, concertinas, bodhráns, fiddles and mandolins. We usually play two sets with a break in the middle, so that everyone can have a rest and recharge their batteries for the rest of the dance. If you have a favourite tune or dance let us know beforehand and we will see if we can work it into the evening.

We are currently in the process of rebuilding the band with new musicians and repertoire. Dances remain our strong point and we would love to play for you.

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