A lively, Ribble Valley based band 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.

Union Street Band

Traditional social dancing - Why?
One of the difficulties for many events organisers is to allow all generations to enjoy themselves together. Traditional social dancing, country dancing, ceilidhs or barndances, call it what you will, is just the thing. It makes it easy for people to mix and makes it a night everyone will enjoy and remember. With a little expert guidance from the caller, even those that you think might not enjoy it can have a fantastic time. It can be a great leveller too as you don't have to know the dances or the steps. It's even suitable for children too although not for the very young. The volume level is only as high as it needs to be to enjoy the dance so if you do sit one out, you'll still be able to talk! We want you to enjoy your event and hope you'll then pass on your recommendation.

Who’s who?

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. 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, weather permitting, I'm usually tramping the fells and footpaths around the region and further afield. 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 Lancashire’s 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 we think is 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 quite easy to turn the wrong way or get in a muddle but don't worry, that usually adds to the enjoyment too!

We have over thirty years experience in playing for dancing and providing musical entertainment.

Audio samples.
To hear us 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.

Our Fee.
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 I’ll get back to you with a firm quotation straight away.

Here is a selection of our future bookings.

When: Event: Where: Comments:
13th July 2018 End of year party School of Biological Sciences, Manchester University Private function
29th July 2018 21st Birthday celebrations Oaklands Hall Hotel, Hyde Private function
19th August 2018 Wedding celebrations Bartle Hall Hotel, Preston Private function
23rd August 2018 Wedding celebrations Farington Lodge Hotel, Preston Private function
26th August 2018 Wedding celebrations Slaidburn Private function
29th September 2018 Open Ceilidh Mellor Brook Community Centre, BB2 7PR All welcome
07745 493135 for tickets
6th October 2018 Wedding celebrations Brookfield Hall, Westhoughton Private function
20th October 2018 21st Birthday celebrations Bella Vista Restaurant, Milnrow Private function
16th November 2018 Dance school weekend away Inn on the Prom, Lytham St. Annes Private function
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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 All welcome
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13th April 2019 Wedding Celebrations The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth 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
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When: Event: Where: Comments:
25th January 2020 Burns' Night ceilidh Bolton School Arts Centre Private function
17th October 2020 Birthday Celebrations Rivington Hall Barn, Bolton Private function

Please contact me with a few details about your event and I’ll get back to you with a firm quotation straight away..

Click the button to find out about some of the dances that we play regularly. If you would like any more information about any of them or the holds, the steps, the figures or the music please contact me.