We provide a range of dance tunes, mainly English, Scottish and Irish. A selection of reels, hornpipes, jigs, polkas, waltzes and slip-jigs. Our caller chooses dances to suit the mood and experience of the dancers. He gives complete and clear instructions to everyone and makes certain that everyone knows what to do.
Between dances the band entertain by playing a wide variety of tunes.
The Main Instruments We Use
Melodeon: This is a button accordion, it is not chromatic but uses the keys of G and D in the case of Nick’s 2 row model and C in the single row. It works on a push/pull principle (similar to the suck/blow of a mouth organ), making a different note depending if it is being squeezed or pulled. It has fewer bass notes than a conventional accordion but is capable of producing an extremely punchy type of rhythm, which is very suitable for dancing.
Salterelle: The Pastourelle II. 25 treble buttons in all, set out in a 2 1/2 row pattern. 12 bass buttons complete this walnut instrument. A bass end stop is included to remove the thirds. Played by Nick. Castagnari: The Max. This is a one row melodeon tuned in C. It is designed primarily for Cajun music and has a fantastic tone. It has 4 voices on the treble side and the reeds are all hand made. Played by Nick.
Guitar: Nigel has several guitars which he uses with the band.
Electric Bass : depending on the music or his mood.
Violin : Wil plays a mean fiddle! Charlie plays one too.