Bands

  • Will Pound Ceilidh Band


    Harmonica virtuoso Will Pound, a nominee for ‘Musician of the Year’ in the 2015 BBC R2 Folk Awards, leads an all-star line-up consisting of beat-boxing, double-bass playing John Parker from Nizlopi, guitarist Chris Sarjeant (Jackie Oates Band) and 2013 London Fiddle Champion Henry Webster.

    Will Pound is one of the world’s top harmonica players and has taken the instrument to new places and new music with a style completely his own. He creates sounds not usually heard on this little instrument in styles varying from bluegrass, folk, jazz and Arabic to blues, rock, pop and funk.

    Playing For: 
    Ceilidh
    Caller: 
    Lisa Heywood

    Lisa Heywood is a dynamic folk dance caller based in Bristol, and in circles outside of IVFDF she still qualifies for the adjective "young". She learned to call in the wild dancehalls of the Sheffield University Ceilidhsoc, and likes to mix things up on the dance-floor, calling ceilidh classics alongside more unusual dances and some of her own writing.

  • Sons Libres

    We are very sorry to announce that due to visa issue Sons Libres will not be joining us. However, all is not lost as Les Zéoles will be playing for the Bal instead

    Sons Libres est un duo de musique neotrad’ franco-sénégalais, formé en 2005 par Adama DIOP, percussionniste et chanteur, et Anne GUINOT, accordéoniste chromatique.

    Ce sont le désir de partager leurs origines et leur amour de la musique et de la danse qui les ont poussés à créer un répertoire de musique à danser. De la bourrée chantée en wolof à l’air traditionnel des pêcheurs dakarois repris à l’accordéon, ils nous font voyager avec leurs mélodies métissées et leur énergie puisée dans la force de leurs racines.

    http://sonslibres.wixsite.com/sonslibres

    Sons Libres are a neotrad Franco-Senegalese duo, formed in 2005 by Adama DIOP, percussionist and singer, and Anne GUINOT, chromatic accordionist.

    It was their wish to share their origins and their love for music and dance which pushed them to create a repertoire of music for dance. From the songs sung in Wolof to the traditional airs of the Dakar fishermen played on the accordion, they make us travel with their mixed melodies and energy drawn from the strength of their roots.

    Playing For: 
    Bal
  • Purcell's Polyphonic Party

    Purcell's Polyphonic Party are a trio of musicians come together to combine their love of Purcell, Playford, Baroque and the Nordic Noir. With 99+ strings to their armoury of unusual instruments you can be assured that a dance evening has plenty of variety.

     

    Take one spinet, one viola d’amore , one nyckelharpa. Stir occasionally with gondola and accordion. Once mixed add one set of bagpipes, a light sprinkling of flageolet and allow to simmer gently together on stage for around 2 – 3 hours. The enjoy some beautifully served up Playford dances.

     

    http://www.purcelltrio.co.uk/

    Playing For: 
    Playford
    Caller: 
    Jen Morgan

    Jen Morgan is a caller, dancer and organiser, with a love of contra and Playford.
    Jen organises the Coventry Zesty Playford series of dances, where we focus on dancing with energy and enthusiasm, welcoming everyone and bringing Playford dancing to new audiences. Jen is looking forward to building on this with an evening of fun and accessible Playford dances, called in a friendly and inclusive manner, with a focus on energy and fun.

  • Minor Contravention

    Minor Contravention is an exciting new combination featuring members of two of IVFDF's favourite contra dance bands - Nicky McConkey from The Night Before on fiddle, Ian Roberts from Vertical Expression on melodeons and feet, and Charley Roberts from Vertical Expression on piano.

    The band takes a variety of dance tunes ranging from stompy to slinky, layers them up with dynamic fiddle, detailed melodeon or driving one-row accordion, big chunky piano chords and an extra boost from foot percussion, expertly pairs them up with whatever's happening on the dance floor, and plays them in a way that you can't help but dance to!

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-67725285/sets/minor-contravention-sound-clips

    Playing For: 
    Contra
    Caller: 
    Geoff Cubitt

    Geoff is well known as a caller for American Squares and Contra and English Ceilidh. He has been invited to call at national dance festivals, including Whitby, Chippenham and Sidmouth, and is well respected among his peers. He has considerable experience as a dancer himself, particularly in Appalachian dancing, performing at many festivals.
    His experience as a dancer stands him in good stead when calling, as his sympathy with those on the floor means that he is helpful to beginners as well as extending the expert dancers.

  • Màrtainn Skene Highland Dance Band

    Màrtainn Skene Highland Dance Band is a young band of the old Gàidhealtachd parts of Scotland, and they bring with them the driving sound of West Highland dance music, inspired by the ancient Gaelic songs and powerful pipe and fiddle music of those parts. Based in Glasgow since 2010 but currently in demand for cèilidh and RSCDS events throughout Scotland, the north of England and Europe, they are equally at home on both the stages of a Hebridean village hall and dance festival in the South.

    http://www.skeneband.com/

    Playing For: 
    Scottish
    Caller: 
    Jacob Steel

    Jacob Steel got addicted to folk dance twelve years ago, and has been calling English, Scottish and American dances for ten.

  • Les Zéoles

    Les Zéoles c'est la rencontre d'un accordéon diatonique et d'un accordéon chromatique. Crée en 2008 à Montreuil par Amélie Denarié et Anne Guinot, ce duo de musique à danser raconte, au travers d'un répertoire aux compositions originales, son amour du bal et de tout ce qu'il trimballe, et les soufflets viennent ainsi chatouiller les oreilles comme les orteils!

    Playing For: 
    Bal
  • Jazz Ceilidh Project

    The Jazz Ceilidh project is an exciting new ceilidh experience. Featuring the acclaimed saxophonist Tony Woods and up and coming box player Owen Woods, JCP deliver an unprecedented level of raw energy to a crowd. JCP play jazz music based on traditional tunes. Our music is heavily improvised, meaning that we can easily adapt what we do to suit every crowd. Every ceilidh of ours will be different, even if we play the same tunes!

    Playing For: 
    Ceilidh
    Caller: 
    Mae McAllister

    Physicist by day, evil mastermind by night, Mae loves to push her dancers and herself with interesting and innovative dances and is perpetually searching via experimentation for the holy grail - The Best Explanation (bonus points if it includes robots). Mae calls gender-neutral as standard.

  • Cambridge University Ceilidh Band

    The Cambridge University Ceilidh Band is a thriving non-audition society of energetic musicians brought together by our inexhaustible enthusiasm for folk music. While the society's origins are in folk tunes from the British Isles, our interests have expanded and we now perform a wider variety of folk music.

    Playing For: 
    Ceilidh
    Caller: 
    Muffyn

    Muffyn will be calling and MCing the display ceilidh. He has been calling for a few years now with the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band, and only had a brief time not calling when he upgraded to a smart phone which he didn't know how to use. He is combining this with the tough job of being an item of furniture in the IVFDF committee (chair, to be precise)

  • Bacon Avenue

    Bacon Avenue play dance music that is crispy, salty, and satisfying. This fiddle, mandolin and guitar combo has scoured the Irish and New England traditions, and raided several others, for great contra dance tunes. Collectively, they've brought their musicianship and wit to dances across and even beyond the USA.
    Fiddler Edward Wallace is known for his driving dance fiddle playing drawing on a variety of traditions, with The Cosmic Otters, Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency and La Banane Enchantee. Every contra dance musician wants Glen Loper's mandolin and banjo playing keeping them company, thus Glen has played seemingly every dance in New England, and toured widely with Riptide. Bethany Waickman's creative, unwavering guitar work has seen her tour with Lissa Schneckenburger, Fódhla, and many others.

    Edward, Glen, and Bethany have many favourite things, but Bacon is pretty high on the list.

    Playing For: 
    Contra
    Caller: 
    Rachel Shapiro Wallace

    Rachel Shapiro Wallace has been calling for the past 7 years all over the United States. Rachel has toured throughout New England, the West Coast, and the Midwest. Rachel was a featured caller at the first Catapult dance weekend. She has called at Swing into Summer at Pinewoods, Youth Dance Weekend, Michigan Fall Dance Heritage Weekend, and the Terpsichore family week. Having just moved to Edinburgh, Rachel has already been booked at the Paris Contra Dance and IVFDF 2017. Learn more at Rachel's website www.rachelcallscontras.com.

  • apolkalypse

    The newest electronic dance music ceilidh experience.
    Featuring synthetic slip jigs, party anthem polkas and ambient waltzes, apolkalypse brings you a night of club sound ceilidh.

    Playing For: 
    Ceilidh
    Caller: 
    Paul Martin

    Guitars, Mandolin and caller. When not found on stage at a ceilidh Paul will usually be found dancing away.

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