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.

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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.
Julian leads the band and has a passion for folk & traditional music, from northwest England in particular. He gained his B.Mus. at Newcastle under the watchful eyes of Alistair Anderson, amongst others. He’s also the leader of Bowland Strings, a fiddle & guitar duo who provide music for special occasions. He teaches fiddle 1:1, at home and online, in groups, workshops, in schools and the community and leads the Palatine Fiddlers, a weekly workshop for local strings players who meet every week during term time.

Seamus 'Sham' Heffernan - bass guitar and vocals.
By some distance, Sham is the tallest member of the band. He manages Shamrock recording studio in the Ribble Valley, owns a PA hire company and regularly engineers live sound around the North West. A keen festival-goer, he provides sound and lighting at some of the larger UK folk events including Sidmouth, Towersey and Fylde Festivals. 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 and plays electric bass and sings harmony in the acoustic trio, Hence The Tortoise. Sham is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Lancashire’s weekly folk music programme, The Drift dubbed his “special advisor” by the programme’s regular presenter, Phil Brown.

Richard Moss - guitar and vocals.
Richard is a powerful guitar player and a fine singer from Blackburn who is equally at ease with folk, ragtime, blues and contempory 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 singers and traditional melody players. He has a keen interest in the traditional music of the northwest of 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!

The Nitty-Gritty!

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.

PAT tested equipment.
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.

Diary
Here is a selection of our future bookings.

When: Event: Where: Comments:
2017
When: Event: Where: Comments:
23rd September 2017 Wedding celebrations Wyresdale Park, Scorton Private function
7th October 2017 Wedding celebrations Mytton Fold, Langho Private function
21st October 2017 Birthday celebrations St. Michael & St. John's Social Centre, Clitheroe. Private function
28th October 2017 Poynton Ceilidhs - Autumn Ceilidh Poynton Community Centre, SK12 1RB All welcome
Tickets at the door from 7:45pm
4th November 2017 Birthday celebrations St. Michael & St. John's Social Centre, Clitheroe. Private function
2018
26th January 2018 Burns' Night Ceilidh Woodford Community Centre All welcome
0161 439 1651 for tickets
27th January 2018 Burns' Night Ceilidh Bolton School Arts Centre Private function
10th February 2018 Burns' Ceilidh Samlesbury War Memorial Hall All welcome
? for tickets
5th May 2018 Birthday celebrations Darwen Masonic Hall Private function
19th August 2018 Wedding celebrations Bartle Hall Hotel Private function
26th August 2018 Wedding celebrations Slaidburn Private function



Previous Events
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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.