A perfect Yorkshire wedding ceilidh

They say a picture paints a thousand words these images fro Ben and Lynn Walker – of Walker & Walker Photography certainly capture the spirit of a wedding ceilidh.

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To read the full blog post and see all the images from the wedding visit http://www.walkerandwalkerphoto.com/2014/06/13/brad-and-judes-wedding-in-yorkshire/ .

Here what Ben and Lynn had to say about The Hessle Ceilidh Band ‘After the wedding breakfast, the cherry on the cake, which was crazy good was the ceilidh band. Folk music, country dancing and merriment with almost everyone joining in. Truly amazing to watch.’

So remember if you are planning a wedding. party or good old fashioned Yorkshire knees up get in touch on 07877434739 and we can book a date in the diary – if you feel inclined share this post and spread the word! Or visit hessleceilidhband.com for more information.

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Sshhhhhhh………..A secret gig!

Ssssshhhh ………..Listen carefully I will say this only once – you are to arrive at 9pm we will give you the secret code number to get in – hide behind the curtains and whilst our guests visit the bar set up your PA and soundcheck in 10 minutes. It is a surprise present for one of our fellow officers at The Wenlock Barracks. Right ho we said and got on with the job…….

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Let the fun beging………great dancing from the Wenlock Army Barracks crew!

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If you want a good old Yorkshire knees-up, Hessle Ceilidh Band are the go-to musicians!

Toe-tapping tunes to liven up any event!

Hessle ceilidh band journal article

This is a transcript of the article pictured above by Debbie Hall which featured in the Journal recently:

There is no sitting on the sidelines when Hessle Ceilidh Band strike up. The toe-tapping tunes have folk on their feet in seconds, with the feel-good strains of a fiddle or merry notes of a melodeon urging them on in a joyful selection of dances. “Our gigs are vibrant and fun –not for the faint of heart,” said Quentin Budworth, whose instrument of choice is the hurdy-gurdy. He also plays pipes, guitar and cajon (a type of drum).

When The Hessle Ceilidh  Band strike up. The toe-tapping tunes have folk on their feet in seconds, with the feel-good strains of a fiddle or merry notes of a  them on in a joyful selection of dances.“Our gigs are vibrant and fun –not for the faint of heart,” said Quentin Budworth,  of choice is the hurdy-gurdy. He also plays pipes, guitar and cajon (a type of drum). Hessle Ceilidh Band are all about dazzling music, created by top-class musicians playing an unusual array of musical and percussion instruments. “Some of the instruments are quite old, but most have pick-ups in them so they can be amplified,” said Quentin. “We are all multi-instrumentalists, so we might be playing the highland pipes (they are great for the Gay Gordons) or the penny whistle, only they don’t cost a penny now –a pretty penny would be a better title.” The other members of the band, Pippa King (keyboard, whistle/recorder), Jill Fisher (fiddle) and Liz Wainwright (whistle/recorder, bagpipes) invariably turn their hand to any of the instrument-playing that’s required of the occasion, while dance caller Oli Norman prompts all the moves by the participants in the dances. He shouts each move and guides everyone through, with an occasional story or a funny joke to relate while the dancers have a rest and catch their breath.

The talented musicians also write their own tunes – “some of them are real crackers”, according to Quentin –as well as playing a host of established folk melodies. With sounds ranging from Scottish to Irish to European, with some medieval and traditional music of England thrown into the mix, Hessle Ceilidh Band like to think they can create the feel-good factor for any party.

“Whatever the event, be it a ceilidh or barn dance, we have a vast amount of music that will create the right atmosphere,”said Quentin, who lives in Bridlington. Describing himself as “a creative”, ‘We kind of know where we are going with the music as it begins to unfold’ Quentin, who is also a photographer, filmmaker and artist, said: “With a ceilidh, there is an element of upholding tradition about it. There is so much energy to it and it’s great fun for everyone who takes part. “Unlike a concert, where there is a set programme, we kind of know where we are going with the music as it unfolds, particularly with the dances we have been playing for a reasonable length of time. “We can fully explore the tunes and play around with the music and the rhythms.” Quentin said: “Most of the music we play is traditional, including some famous tunes, but we also play some rather obscure English tunes, some French tunes and even a Bavarian hand-clapping dance. “Everyone can take part as the dances are very straightforward with lots of repeated moves.”

Hessle Ceilidh Band first sprang into life around a former member’s kitchen table. “It was about 2008 and we were a group of folk musicians who met socially to play. It was suggested that we form a band. “We started to do some small charity functions for Water Aid, things like that. The response from the audiences was so great, we began to be asked to play at other events.”

These days, Hessle Ceilidh Band are kept busy most weekends, entertaining at weddings, parties and charitable events. “We are regular players at a fantastic event in October, the Apple Cider Festival, at Long Riston. Here, apples are pressed, juices are drunk, hogs are roasted and ceilidh dancing takes place in a medieval barn. “Last year, the event raised more than £3,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.” Quentin said: “The band are staunch upholders of folk arts and traditions, such as wassailing and morris dancing.”

The musicians organise a monthly Hull community ceilidh, billed as a “great night out and a fantastic Yo rkshire knees-up”. The event is for any age group or ability, those completely new to dancing or those already familiar with social dancing. It is no problem if you do not have a dancing partner, as everyone can join in and enjoy the dances. “We enjoy these nights,” said Quentin, “because it is putting something back into Hull. “The community ceilidhs started last September and they are getting a good response.” Quentin said: “One of the loveliest things for us is where you get a whole family together, kids and adults, all joining in. There is a real joy and a timelessness to it.”

To book the band call Pippa on 07891 590111 or 07877 434739, email hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk .

Hull Barn Dance Band

Planning a celebration Barn Dance in Hull or the East Riding why not book the Hessle Ceilidh Band?

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Here are some great reasons why you should choose a Ceilidh for your special event:

– Well firstly it’s really good clean energetic fun with a broad appeal to all age groups. The nature of a Ceilidh makes friends of strangers and is a great ice breaker! Once you’ve booked the band and explained the arrangements for the day mentioning any special announcements or musical moments that you want us to create you can relax knowing that the we can provide  provide the perfect entertainment for your special occasion.

Hessle Ceilidh Band are based in the East Riding of Yorkshire near Hull. We are a five to ten piece band including a dance caller. We have whistle, fiddles, recorders, melodeon, guitar, bass, piano, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, various percussion and sometimes shawm. Our gigs are vibrant and fun – for people who  like a good old Yorkshire knees up!

Whatever the event, be it a Ceilidh or Barn Dance we have a vast amount of music that will create the right feel good factor for your event ranging from Scottish, Irish, European, Medieval and the traditional music of England.

But the band is only half the story – the other half is the caller – the person who shouts the moves out and guides you through the dances – we are really lucky to work with an exceptional caller who is full of energy and can get people up and enjoying themselves in no time – the dances are fantastic and really help to build a party atmosphere.

Our caller knows loads of amazing dances that are really great fun – has also been known to throw in the occasional story and exceptionally funny jokes to give the dancers time to rest and catch their breath.

To contact the band email: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk or ring Pippa on 07891 590111.

Ceilidh Celebration At City Hall Hull

Why not celebrate your wedding or party in style at the prestigious and historic Hull City Hall in the heart of Hull city centre. Hull City Hall can offer you – traditional elegance with the grandest of settings – The Mortimer Suite with its centre atrium framed by an ornate domed ceiling capacity for up to 110 for ceremony and up to 300 people for seated reception and dancing.

The break the ice  for a great Yorkshire knees up with the Hessle Ceilidh Band are based in the East Riding of Yorkshire near Hull.  We are a five to ten piece band including a dance caller. We have whistle, fiddles, recorders, melodeon, guitar, bass, piano, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, various percussion and sometimes shawm. Our gigs are vibrant and fun – but not for the faint of heart who don’t like a good old knees up!  Look out for our community ceilidhs on theEvents Diary page for any public dances.

Whatever the event, be it a Ceilidh or Barn Dance we have a vast amount of music that will create the right feel good factor for your event ranging from Scottish, Irish, European, Medieval and the traditional music of England.

But the band is only half the story – the other half is the caller – the person who shouts the moves out and guides you through the dances – we are really lucky to work with an exceptional caller who is full of energy and can get people up and enjoying themselves in no time – the dances are fantastic and really help to build a party atmosphere.

Our caller knows loads of amazing dances that are really great fun –  has also been known to throw in the occasional story and exceptionally funny jokes to give the dancers time to rest and catch their breath.

To contact the band email: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk  or ring Pippa on 7891 590111.

Wedding Celebration Ceilidh at Bishop Burton College

We played for a wedding celebration ceilidh at Bishop Burton College the function room was fantastic – very large with a stage and plenty of room for tables, chairs and dancing. The surrounding tree lined grounds, countryside views and Victorian walled garden  really made the venue a joy to play in – the wedding party were of all ages and soon we had them up and dancing our special guest caller Mark Mawby did a fine job.

The Hessle Ceilidh Band are based in the East Riding of Yorkshire near Hull.  We are a five to ten piece band including a dance caller. We have whistle, fiddles, recorders, melodeon, guitar, bass, piano, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, various percussion and sometimes shawm. Our gigs are vibrant and fun – but not for the faint of heart who don’t like a good old knees up!  Look out for our community ceilidhs on the Events Diary page for any public dances.

Whatever the event, be it a Ceilidh or Barn Dance we have a vast amount of music that will create the right feel good factor for your event ranging from Scottish, Irish, European, Medieval and the traditional music of England.

But the band is only half the story – the other half is the caller – the person who shouts the moves out and guides you through the dances – we are really lucky to work with an exceptional caller who is full of energy and can get people up and enjoying themselves in no time – the dances are fantastic and really help to build a party atmosphere.

Our caller knows loads of amazing dances that are really great fun –  has also been known to throw in the occasional story and exceptionally funny jokes to give the dancers time to rest and catch their breath.

To contact the band email: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk  or ring Pippa on 7891 590111.

 

Beverley Folk Festival Sessions

A fantastic night for some members of the Hessle Ceilidh Band and friends playing in sessions at the Sun and Tiger – The session at the Tiger was really good fun with plenty of music being played until the wee hours – a special hello goes out to Jennie Beastie on fiddle, Amanda Lowe on hammer dulcimer, Helen on hammer dulcimer (two dulcimers together they sound awesome), Quentin on Cahon, Gordon on double Bass, Helen on violin and double bass Mike and Val from Cottingham and the inimitable Wainwright sisters Heather and Hannah the session at the Sun was full on and funky!

Ceilidh thank you

Hi Pip
Just a quick message to say many thanks to you all for Saturday night. We have had lots of messages today from our guests to say how much they enjoyed the evening. Everyone is exhausted and taking today to recover!!!
We had a lovely time and the music certainly helped our guests to talk and catch up as well as dance.
Please pass on my thanks to all the members of the band for a very enjoyable and successful evening.

Sue and Iain

We went to Beverley races

We played for a silver wedding anniversary at Beverley Race Course last night – the acoustics in the function room were fantastic as was the food – a big ‘hats off’ to the pecan fried sausages – delicious – Plenty of enthusiastic dancers and a great time was had by all – the Bavarian Hand clapping dance went down a storm as did strip the willow – On behalf of the band I’d like to wish Iain and Sue a very Happy Silver Wedding Anniversary.