Our Hurdy Gurdy player and guitarist Quentin Budworth is headlining at Hull Folk festival

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Our Hurdy Gurdy player and guitarist Quentin Budworth is headlining at Hull Folk festival on saturday night as he says ‘Get yer dancing shoes it’s party time in Hull – Hull’s best kept secret – Celtarabia are headlining on saturday night at Hull Folk Festival here are the details The GMB Main Stage, 10.00pm – 10.45pm, Saturday 16th July 2016. The stage is just outside The Minerva Pub in the marina. This gig is free to the public so bag a bargain!’

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Wedding Ceilidh at Fruit Hull

We played a fantastic wedding Ceilidh at Fruit in Hull a fab venue for a wedding reception with a great relaxed and youthful  feel – great dancing and lots of fun, Here are some pictures from a very special occasion. If you are planning a party or celebration this summer or autumn give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing.

 

Skidby Ceilidh

We had a really fantastic ceilidh on friday night in Skidby Village Hall – a leaving do with lots of children under 12 and some fantastic dancing all round. Have a look through the photos to get a flavour of the fun, If you are planning a party or celebration this summer or autumn give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing.

Ceilidh in the park for a month of Sundays in Howden

We had a fantastic gig in the park on sunday in Howden – a truly appreciative audience, some dancing on the Ashes lawn and beautiful weather to boot. A lovely time was had by all. It really doesn’t get any better than this weather wise in June!  If you are planning a party or celebration this summer or autumn give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing.

Elaine Emmerson ‘A really lovely day was had by all’

From Mark Rodger the event organiser for Howden Live:

‘The final concert in the 2016 Howden Live Month Of Sundays season with The Hessle Ceilidh Band. 60 or so souls were treated to a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine listening to, and in some cases dancing to, a wonderful selection of traditional tunes. Once again our grateful thanks to Howden Town Council, Drax, Howdens Joinery Longs Corner Garage and the Ashes Trust without whose invaluable support the Month Of Sundays would not have been possible’

Photos below by Mark Rodger of Howden Live.

 

 

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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‘You are the best entertainment we have ever had on any of our medical balls!’

A great time playing for medical students at Lazaats on Friday near Cottingham. The dancers were so enthusiastic the dance floor developed waves – quite alarming but amusing never the less! Quote of the night ‘You are the best entertainment we have ever had on any of our medical balls!’ Which was a great endorsement – if not taken literally in which case it is quite rude…

Fantastic Burns Night Celebration In East Yorkshire

A top night in Lund, East Yorkshire last night celebrating Burns Night in fine style delicious Macsween Haggis, their enormous Chieftain Haggis copped it, dispatched by a Sgian Dubh (Sgian Dhu) whiskey galore, bagpipes and dancing past midnight – here are some pictures …

To book the Hessle Ceilidh band call Pip on 07891 590111 so we can put a date in the diary!

Recommended Wedding Band Yorkshire

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Here’s what our wedding clients say about The Hessle Ceilidh Band:

“Just wanted to thank you all for the part you played in making our daughter’s wedding such a special day for us all.  So many people commented on how they enjoyed the band” Sue and Gary

“Sorry we took so long to post our sincere thanks to the Hessle Ceilidh Band for making our wedding celebrations all the more memorable. They were fantastic, what an amazing sound. They created an truly magical atmosphere and the bagpipes were the icing on the cake!!!’
We didn’t want the ceilidh to end.
Everyone commented on what a fantastic time they had.
Thanks again folks, we would really urge anyone wanting great music and dancing for their special occasion to HIRE THIS BAND!’ Jayne & Craig

“A super band who came highly recommended and one I will now happily recommend.” Steve & Julie

“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!!!” Frank & Annie

“Our sincere thanks to the Hessle Ceilidh Band for making our wedding celebrations all the more memorable. They were fantastic, what an amazing sound. They created an truly magical atmosphere…” Jo & Ian

“…we would really urge anyone wanting great music and dancing for their special occasion to HIRE THIS BAND!” Douglas & Francesca

“Just wanted to thank you all for the part you played in making our daughter’s wedding such a special day for us all.” Pete & Mary

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

 

 

Should lady bagpipers play at funerals?

With Scotland voting for independence today we turn our minds to more important questions…

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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Wedding Ceilidh at The Endsleigh Centre

I managed to grab this shot of a fabulous moment during a wedding Ceilidh at the Endsleigh Center in Hull – the little girl in the foreground is absolutely transfixed by the dancers – we played some special tunes for the many under 5’s at this event – which was really good fun – Oli’s version of ‘The Wheels on The Bus’ was ace!

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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 .

Tyas Foundation Charity Fundraising Barn Dance

A Barn dance with Hessle Ceilidh band
to raise money for:

‘Changing young lives locally’.

sunday 25th may 2014
7.30pm
tickton village hall, main street
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£10 a ticket includes Pie and Peas.
The Tyas Foundation is a new local children’s charity that aims to support the lives of vulnerable children in our area.
To book tickets call 07751220401 or email info@tyasfoundation.co.uk

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Hessle Ceilidh Band Review

Many thanks Quentin and all the band members for making our Jubilee celebrations so enjoyable it was a fantastic evening of music and dance. Had some great feedback from people all asking “when can we do it again” A super band who came highly recommended and one I will now happily recommend. Anyone wanting something a little different then have a barn dance its a great way of meeting and bringing people together everyone becomes a family for the night.

Many thanks to you all, will certainly be intouch to book you all again.

Alicia
Friend of Cottingham Pavilion and playing fields

 

Ceilidh Band In East Yorkshire

Planning a Ceilidh, Wedding celebration, Retirement or Birthday party in East Yorkshire? Why not book the Hessle Ceildh Band?

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 or ring 07891 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!

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.

 

September at Castle Howard

Here of some photos (of us on a break between sets) of the lovely day out we all had at Castle Howard’s “Wild About Wood” day run by the Arboretum Trust, Kew. 

The weather couldn’t have been better and the turn out was fine.  If you haven’t been to Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, it’s a spectacular place to visit.   We had a few extra musicians – which was an added bonus as it made the music more varied and the day more brilliant!!

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