American Barndance Dance Hoedown

For a Traditional All American Barn Dance Hoedown, SELECT:

For an American emphasis but with a mixture of other music (Irish, English, Scottish), for variety, SELECT:

Which to book: our American Barn Dance Hoedown Band or our American flavoured Band?

It’s all a matter of whether you want Yee Haa American music for the whole evening, or whether you want lots of American Barn Dance / Hoedown music and dance interspersed with some Scottish & Irish for variety. Seems simple, but it Ain’t That Simple, because what is American folk music anyway?

 

You will know tunes like Cumin’ Round the Mount’in and Ol’ Joe Clarke, and American Square Dancing, but that just ain’t all that there is to American Barn Dance music. No siree! ‘Cos what’s America made up of anyhows? Irish, Scots, English, German, French, Swedish, Italian and all the Eastern European countries, with their Gypsy, Jewish and other regional musical cultures. So far from American Barn Dance music being crude hillbilly crude, it is more diverse and complex than most people appreciate.

 

Don’t let that put you off the idea of having a simple good time at an American Barn Dance. What it means is that the music we play between the Barn Dance sets, (while you are gasping to get your breath back, and downing a beer), can be mighty interestin’. You might not even be sure if you are in America, Ireland, Scotland or a Gypsy encampment somewhere in Hungary.

 

So lets get down to the nitty gritty – which band should you book? These are some of the common choices people come up with:

 

REASON 1: you are American and want to bring your Barn Dance culture to the ignorant Brits and remind them of the Boston Tea Party

REASON 2: you just loved all those Cowboy (and if you are old enough to remember, Injun) films

REASON 3: you want a Cowboy themed event

REASON 4: you just love the excitement of American Barn Dances

 

Do you want the SIMPLE suggestion? It is:

 

REASON 1: American Barn Dance Hoedown Band

REASON 2: American Barn Dance Hoedown Band

REASON 3: American Flavoured Barn Dance Hoedown Band (telling us you want an American Flavour to your Barn Dance)

REASON 4: American Flavoured Barn Dance Hoedown Band (telling us you want an American Flavour to your Barn Dance)

 

OR do you want the COMPREHENSIVE suggestion, which is:-

 

REASON 1: you are American

Simple choice, go for The Lickety Split Barn Dance Band in its four piece line up, which includes two Fiddles whining away at a rate of knots, and let us help you educate the English in the wonderful folk music of your li’le ol’ country over the pond.

 

REASON 2: you just loved all those Cowboy films

How many Cowboy films have you seen where they are Barn Dancing? Not many, I bet, and that’s really peculiar as back in those days dancing was a just about the only entertainment other than cards and drink (which featured heavily in films). I suspect that the reason is that to get a bunch of musicians. together with a hall full of dancers, to appear in a film was more expensive than the hiring just the drunk, the gun slinger and the bar tender.

 

Even more strange is that in most of the cowboy and Indian films you wouldn’t hear any of the music of the Native American First People’s, other than a bit of drumming. Here is an extract from Britannica about their music: “ Native Americans trace the ultimate origin of their traditional music to the time of creation, when specific songs or musical repertories were given to the first people by the Creator and by spirit beings in the mythic past. Sacred narratives describe the origins of specific musical instruments, songs, dances, and ceremonies. Some ritual repertories received at the time of creation are considered complete, so that by definition human beings cannot compose new music for them. But many occasions are suitable for new music; this music may be received in a variety of ways. For example, shamans and other individuals may experience dreams or visions in which spirit beings teach them new songs, dances, and rituals. (See also shamanism.) Many Indian communities learn new songs and repertories from their neighbours and have a long history of adopting musical practices from outsiders.” Phew, that’s high falutin’ stuff, so perhaps its best we don’t include that in our American Barn Dances, even though many English Civil Wedding Ceremonies include Native American Indian prayers.

 

REASON 3: you want a Cowboy themed event

You’ll probably be having a wide range of people coming to your event, some who have never danced before, some who genuinely have a passion for American Barn Dance music and dances, but others whose favourite music is perhaps Irish, English or Scottish. Usually the best idea here is to book our American Flavoured Barn Dance Hoedown Band (telling us you want an American Flavour to your Barn Dance), so that all guests have something that they enjoy and a variety of music and dance.

 

REASON 4: you just love the excitement of American Barn Dances

Again, a good compromise is to book our American Flavoured Barn Dance Hoedown Band (telling us you want an American Flavour to your Barn Dance), so that all guests have something that they enjoy and a variety of music and dance. You don’t want too much of one good thing, have lots of good things! Scottish and Irish dance can be exciting, though I would say English dance rarely gets ‘exciting’, it is too nice for that!

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