The Plump Hill Barn Dance and Ceilidh Band
The musicians and the music:
We come from a
variety of musical backgrounds - blues and jazz, folk, rock, piano and violin,
choral - which means that our music is not confined to a single type. We draw
from the British Isles, America
and Europe and we respect and enjoy the
tradition which underpins ceilidh, but we like to range beyond. For example, we
love old favourites like The Dashing White Sergeant, but listen carefully and
you may hear a bit of Rossini, something from the music halls, and even Lonnie
Donegan. Let us know if you have a special request for a tune or a song and we
will do our best for you. We can sing between dances if you decide that this
will suit the occasion.
The caller for the dancing. Andy also contributes vocals when we are called upon
for songs, and tuba when he's not calling or singing.
- Tim’s introduction to music was via
membership of the Gloucestershire Schools Choir
and piano and violin, neglected
from late teens until a friend lent him
a squeeze box years later. He realised
the potential of this instrument – portable,
versatile, noisy and therefore
handy for things like pub singalongs and barn dances - and stayed with it.
Harp, accordion, bouzouki, vocals - At School they told
him "music is a fine hobby my boy, but it's not
really a proper living"
Sigh. Thirty years later, the youngest son said he'd like to play the
harp. At the harp-maker's workshop he became enchanted,
he had to have one - and bought his first stringed instrument.
on, retired, and no one to tell him what he can and can't
do. Or for that matter, his harp technique is all wrong.
Electric and acoustic bass.
Rhythm guitar - Alan took up the guitar in his youth (a few years
ago now), and plays in a variety of bands covering genres from ragtime to rock.
Guitars, mandolin, accordions, bodhran (the
Irish drum), Celtic harp, and occasional tuba, all held together by the strong rhythm of the
electric bass guitar. Our sound is amplified, but by using high-quality
equipment we can make sure that we do not deafen you.
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