Bands

Bands booked so far...Contrasaurus, Albireo, 3D, Dave Yeomans and Fran Bulpit, Keeping Thyme.
Watch this space for further details.

 

Contrasaurus

Contrasaurus are Alan Brunier (accordion), Benjamin Rowe (fiddle), David Ledsam (bass and jaw harp) and Adam Rich-Griffin (guitar).
Alan, Benjamin and Adam met at the University of Warwick Folk Society, and a chance encounter with David at a session started our musical journey as a band.
Since 2016 we have enjoyed bookings at many of the top festivals and dance series in the UK.

  • Alan Brunier has played accordion for years with anyone willing to listen, most notably with The Night Before and Floot Street.
  • Benjamin Rowe the most recent member of the band to graduate from the UoW Folk Society. He can also be seen playing with Bearded Dragons and Knotted Cord.
  • David Ledsam can be heard playing cello, basses, concertinas and very occasionally tuba behind many bands. In another life he plays and dances with Stone Monkey Sword Dancers.
  • Adam Griffin is their tame guitarist, and also a member of The Night Before. Has a cello and an octave mandolin hidden in a cupboard somewhere, but they haven't seen a stage yet.

 

Albireo

 

 

One of the top ceilidh bands in the North West, Albireo play for parties, fund-raisers, weddings, dances and festivals. The band’s repertoire draws on the English, Irish, Scottish and American traditions, along with self-penned tunes and others from further afield.

With a combined total of over a hundred years’ experience of playing for events, Albireo will deliver just what you need for a great night’s dancing.

 

3D

3D is Chris, Julie and Nick Dewhurst, our very own local Lichfield band! Their roots in folk music go back many years, but they have played as a family band since 1997. They have a busy schedule playing for English and Scottish dance events and festivals up and down the country, and they manage to divide their time pretty much equally between the genres.
The band is equally at home playing romping reels and sensitive slow airs, strict Scottish and purest Playford (well, as pure as you can get with two accordions, drum kit and trumpet!) They enjoy bringing the music to life with their own unique interpretations, drawing on many different musical styles, but their aim is always to fit the tune perfectly to the dance, and to provide that essential 'lift' to help keep dancers on their toes. They also have many CDs – ask them to show you!

 

Dave Yeomans and Fran Bulpit

 

 

 

Keeping Thyme

 

Keeping Thyme is one of the most versatile bands in the country. Based in the South Midlands with a fiddle, accordion, bass guitar line-up, Julia, Shane and Tina enjoy playing elegant Playford, lively squares, zesty contras and anything else demanded of them (well, almost). Their unfailing good humour adds to the lively atmosphere they create with their music. You will find them performing regularly for Saturday dances, residential dance weekends and most of the major dance festivals. 

 

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