One Hull Of A Ceilidh

If you are planning ‘One Hull of a Ceilidh’ sometimes called a barn dance is a great way to get your friends and family together and have a really great time. Ideal for birthdays, weddings, engagements, retirements and community events The Hessle Ceilidh Band are East Yorkshire’s busiest ceilidh band. Call Pip on 07891 590111 to make a booking.
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Organising a Successful Ceilidh or Barn Dance

The origins of the barn dance goes back hundreds of years, it is part of our culture, and has remained popular with all kinds of people today. They continue to be an effective community building activity that is lots of fun.

Barn Dances are social dances. Designed to let everyone enjoy themselves. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary to join in and have fun. They appeal to all ages and are one of the few activities that an entire community can do and enjoy together. Here are some examples of the barn dances we have performed for:-

Weddings, village festivals, school parent teacher associations (PTAs), funerals, birthdays (from 5 – 95 years), wedding anniversaries, office christmas parties, Burn’s nights, St. George’s Nights, New Years Eve, Jubilee parties, fundraising, conference social evenings, homecomings, farewells, end of term parties, tea dances, Fun days, summer fetes, harvest festivals, VE day anniversaries, reunions, sports clubs, golf club dinners, ladies nights, Officers mess nights, christenings, family gatherings, holiday camps, pubs, twinning events and much more.

If you are organising a barn dance for the first time, here is a simple checklist. To help make sure you’ve thought of everything…

The Barn Dance Checklist

Step 1 – Know your audience

 

How many are realistically going to come?
What age range?
What time of the week suits your audience best?
How long an event? Usually 7.30 – 11pm or 8 – 11.30pm
If it is for a wedding, remember people may have had a very long day, don’t over estimate how much energy they will have left for dancing.

Step 2 – Find a Venue

Is it the right size?Ask about fire limits
Is there sufficient parking?
How much will is cost?
What dates are available?
Does it have an entertainments licence? If you are selling tickets to the general public
Power supply?
Lighting? Do you need to provide extra lighting for the audience and band?
Is the floor suitable?Carpets and carpet tiles are dangerous for dancing, so too are very slippery floors.
If the venue is a marquee the ground must be flat and even. Most marquee suppliers will provide a dance floor – this must be properly fixed.
Some provide large hessian mats – these must be stapled down to prevent tripping.

Step 3 Book a band and caller

Call: 0789190111 and ask for Pippa.
E-mail: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk

Tell us when, where, how many are expected, and what the occasion is.
We will recommend the most appropriate band and caller, and give you a price.
Check if the band knows the venue, if not, describe the venue.
Sound – Some venues have difficult acoustics (large rooms, bare walls, high ceilings, marquees), the band may have to provide additional P.A.
Lighting – Some venues (barns, marquees, etc.) have no lighting. Check if the band will need to bring their own lighting.

Step 4 – Tickets & Advertising

How much are the tickets?
For a successful barn dance – sell the tickets early!
Don’t rely on sales at the door.
Make it easy for people to buy tickets.
If you have a committee, allocate 10 to each member and tell them to sell them all.
Ask people personally to buy tickets
Even if the audience does not have to pay, tickets are still useful. Holding a ticket is an incentive to come, especially if it turns out to be a wet and rainy night. It also lets you know how many are coming.
Advertise widely.

Step 5 – Arrange Refreshment

 

Drinks:
Outside bar, DIY Bar or Bring your own?
Do you need a licence?
Food?
Some dances have no food refreshments, but most have something.
It is best to have someone to co-ordinate the food (be sure they are aware of food safety practices).
Popular options include:
Ploughman’s platter prepared on-site
Fish & Chips (delivered)
Buffet nibbles
Don’t forget to count the band into your numbers for food, they will probably leave home early to get to you and set up. They will be starving by 9pm.

Step 6 – 1 Week before

 

Ring around to check all arrangements are on track:
Hall,
Refreshments,
Band & Caller.
Raffle – this a good money earner. Get someone to organise raffle prizes and selling tickets on the night.

Step 7 – On the Day

 

Ensure the heating is switched on early (in the winter).
Ensure you have the money ready to pay the band and caller. They usually prefer to be paid in cash on the night.
Prepare the hall. Chairs around the edge of the hall are usually the best plan.
Avoid too many tables. Some people who have not been to a barn dance before may just sit at a table all evening drinking. If there are no tables there is all the more encouragement to dance (people put their drinks under the chairs).
Make sure someone is able to be there to let the band in to set up (they will arrive about 40 mins before the start time).
Organise a rota to collect tickets at the start of the evening.
Discuss with the caller the timings – food, raffle, speeches, presentations, etc.
Arrange the lighting with the caller. Barn Dances require more light than for discos or other kinds of dance.

Step 8  – The Barn Dance

 

The Barn Dance
Enjoy the evening.
The caller will m.c. the evening and make sure it all runs smoothly.
Get up promptly for every dance
Have a rest halfway through. Even if there is no food the band usually needs a break halfway through for 15-20 minutes.
Don’t forget to make a public ‘thank you’ for all the people who have helped put the show together (selling tickets, raffle, food, bar, door, etc).

 

Barn Dance? Ceilidh? – What’s the difference?

Essentially there is no difference, both are informal social gatherings involving traditional music, country dance, and sometimes song. Ceilidh is the Gaelic word, whilst the term Barn Dance came US from the tradition of holding a social dance after the community has helped construct a barn.

Country dance is the generic term for the traditional dances of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and USA.

Every dance is different.

If you have special requirements, or have any queries about the checklist,

just call 0789190111 and ask for Pippa.

or e-mail hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk

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 .

Charity Tyas Foundation Barn Dance, Tickton

A fantastic time was had by all at the Charity Fund Raising  Tyas Foundation Barn Dance, Tickton. Lots of dancing and pie and peas made for a super event. Which made a lot of money for the Tyas Foundation an East Riding based charity. The Tyas foundation raises money for young people in the East Riding and there were alot of youn people there so the dancing was lively with some interesting variations – notably some robotic dance moves during the German Wuffen Puffen Dance – Vor Sprung Durch Technic indeed!

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Hull Barn Dance Band

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

Hessle Ceilidh Band (7 of 8)

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.

Barn Dance Band In Hull

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

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.

Hull Barn Dance Band

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

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.

East Yorkshire Ceilidh Band For Hire with great live music – a great Yorkshire knees up is guaranteed!

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

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.

Hull Ceilidh Band For Hire with great live music – a great Yorkshire knees up is guaranteed!

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

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.

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KEEP CALM AND CEILIDH ON

KEEP CALM AND CEILIDH ON

KEEP CALM AND CEILIDH ON WITH THE HESSLE CEILIDH BAND IN EAST YORKSHIRE