A lively ceilidh band based in the Ribble Valley providing exciting and infectious music for traditional social dancing throughout Lancashire and the Northwest of England. We provide traditional dance music for Weddings, Civil Ceremonies, Ceilidhs. Barn Dances, Birthdays, Hoedowns, Parties, Wakes, Country Dances, Fetes, Festivals, Fundraisers, Corporate events and all special occasions including Burns' Nights and St. Patrick's Day celebrations. We are also active in Cheshire, Yorkshire & Cumbria.
Why Traditional Social Dancing?
Celebrating life's important events with dancing dates back hundreds, if not thousands, of years and traditional dancing remains popular because itís still great fun and suitable for
all ages and abilities. You don't have to know the dances or the steps either so it's a great leveller and if you can tell your left from your right hand and follow some simple
instructions, with a little expert guidance from our caller, everyone will have a night to remember. The progressive dances are really good ice-breakers and give you and your
guests the opportunity to mix and enjoy yourselves together. This makes it ideal entertainment for all social occasions and for weddings in particular, solving a big problem for many
event organisers in the process. This kind of entertainment is suitable for children too although not for the very young.
The volume level is only high enough to enjoy the dance so if you do sit one out, you'll still be able to talk! We will do our best to make sure you enjoy your experience and hope you'll pass on your recommendation.
Whoís who? We are professional musicians and have lots of experience playing lively music for dancing around the Northwest and much further afield too.
Julian Taylor - fiddle I lead the Band and have a passion for folk & traditional music, from northwest England in particular. The Band usually include several 'local' tunes amongst our dance sets and we all agree they sit very comfortably with other music from around Britain and further afield. I have also composed several of the tunes we play. This website shows the other projects that currently keep me busy and, needless to say, they are all fiddle related! When I'm playing with the Band I play an Asymmetric 4 String fiddle made by Tim Phillips and next to my son, it's my pride & joy. I like real ale and the smell of new mown grass and, most weekends, if I'm not playing with Union Street, I'm usually tramping the fells and footpaths around the region, weather permitting. I studied for my B.Mus.(Hons) in Folk & Traditional music at Newcastle Uni under the watchful eyes of Alistair Anderson, amongst others.
Seamus 'Sham' Heffernan - electric bass Another Blackburn lad and, by some distance, Sham is the tallest member of the band and has been gainfully employed in the music business since 1989 when he became manager of Shamrock Recording Studio in the Ribble Valley. A keen festival-goer, he has engineered sound and lighting at some of the larger UK folk events including Sidmouth & Towersey and, closer to home, Fleetwood Folk & Blues festival. He holds a Teaching Certificate and has delivered Music Technology, Pop Music and IT courses at Preston and Runshaw F.E. colleges. He is a singer-guitarist in the duo Sham & Dave, sings tenor and bass for the Darwen-based choir, The Ashleigh Singers. Sham is a contributor to BBC Radio Lancashireís weekly folk music programme, The Drift.
Richard Moss - acoustic guitar Richard is a powerful guitar player and a fine singer from Blackburn who is equally at ease with folk, ragtime, blues and contemporary music. His driving percussive and rhythmic guitar skills are blended with subtle fingerstyle playing making him in high demand as a soloist and as a skilled accompanist for traditional melody players and singers alike. He has a keen interest in the traditional music of northwest England singing songs by the Blackburn poets of the 19th century and the 'Lancashire Burns', Edwin Waugh.
The Dance Caller
The caller is the most important member of the band. We work with the most respected in the Northwest all of whom have many years' experience and we'll choose one most suited to your event. He, or she, will guide the dancers through the figures and let them know what they should be doing and, most importantly, when they should be doing it! Sometimes, if you're new to this style of dancing, it's surprisingly easy to turn the wrong way or get in a muddle but don't worry, that usually adds to the enjoyment too!
We usually perform as a four-piece band but would be pleased to quote you for a trio if space is limited or if perhaps you are plannning a more intimate event.
Ceilidh dancing is very much a live event and itís difficult to capture to capture the energy in a recording but if you're not sure exactly what sort of music we play, click here - If you don't tap your feet....check your pulse!
Public Liability Insurance. We have a professional approach to insurance and Health & Safety regulations. For the re-assurance of yourself and your guests we hold Public Liability Insurance with an indemnity limit of £5 million. Please ask us for evidence of our cover.
Safety Assurance. Under normal circumstances we provide our own PA system. The integrity of our equipment has been fully tested and is compliant with the I.E.E. PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) code of practice. Ask to see our certification.
Risk Assessment. To ensure the safety of the public and ourselves we have undertaken a risk assessment of our equipment, the performance space (both the stage and dancing areas) and of traditional social dancing in particular. If you or your venue administration would like to view this document then please contact me.
Naturally our fees are dependent on the duration and location of your event but we charge a sensible rate including the cost of the caller and travelling costs too so there are no hidden extras. Please contact me with a few details about your event and Iíll get back to you with a firm quotation straight away.
Union Street have been playing together since 2008 so have lots of experience but most of the Bandís bookings are private events which limits the opportunities for people to see us perform. If youíre interested in booking us but canít get to one of our public events, I may be able to arrange, with our clientsí permission, for you to attend a private one, just to see what goes on. Youíll be able to see first-hand how the dancers enjoy themselves and hear our music. Whenever new clients have taken this opportunity weíve always received a booking. Please contact me to arrange this for you.
|29th September 2018||Ceilidh Dance Night - all welcome||Mellor Brook Community Centre, BB2 7PR||All welcome
07745 493135 for tickets
|5th October 2018||Retirement party||Ramsbottom Civic Hall||Private function|
|6th October 2018||Wedding celebrations||Brookfield Hall, Westhoughton||Private function|
|20th October 2018||21st Birthday celebrations||Bella Vista Restaurant, Milnrow||Private function|
|24th October 2018||Manchester Ceilidh||Manchester Bierkeller, The Printworks||All welcome|
|16th November 2018||Dance School Ceilidh||Inn on the Prom, Lytham St. Annes||Private function|
|29th December 2018||Birthday celebrations||The Villa, Wrea Green||Private function|
|18th January 2019||Wedding celebrations||Samlesbury Hall||Private function|
|25th January 2019||Burns' Night Ceilidh||Bolton School Arts Centre||Private function|
|26th January 2019||Burns' Night Ceilidh||Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Lane, PR5 0UY||All welcome
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|13th April 2019||Wedding celebrations||The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth||Private function|
|4th May 2019||Wedding celebrations||Pendleton Village Hall||Private function|
|25th May 2019||Wedding celebrations||SMSJ-The Old School Rooms, Clitheroe||Private function|
|29th June 2019||English Country Dance Weekend Ceilidh||Croston Community Centre, Castle Walks, Croston, PR26 9RH||All welcome
see website for tickets
|14th December 2019||Wedding celebrations||The Villa Levens||Private function|
|25th January 2020||Burns' Night Ceilidh||Bolton School Arts Centre||Private function|
|17th October 2020||Birthday celebrations||Rivington Hall Barn, Bolton||Private function|
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