The Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy) English Country Dance Band

A period English Country Dance Band. (Ceilidh or Barndance of the time.) Experience the music and dances that would have been familiar to Thomas Hardy and the characters he encapsulated in his novels and poetry. At one time Thomas Hardy thought of himself primarily as a musician and fiddle player, playing in village dance bands and church bands, and producing his collections of English traditional music. The well known tune ‘Dribbles of Brandy’, ‘Tink a Tink’, Hunt the Wren, and ‘The Triumph’ were all found in Hardy’s manuscript books. Just as in the village bands of the day, The Madding Crowd Band (how true!) includes fiddle, flute / piano, guitar, bass. Don’t worry about not knowing the dances, our caller will show you the dances and make sure you have a great time. Dress up if you like - makes it all the more fun.


If this is all a bit specialised for you and your guests, then you can get a more varied English Country Dance with Hullabaloo, or for even more variety including English, Scottish, Irish and American then Ringerike is the ideal country dance band is the band to book, as they can mix in other kinds of Ceilidh and Barn Dance music and dance to for variety, so that there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy no matter what their taste. (Be sure to tell us that you would like some English Country Dance included so that we can make sure we set up the right linke up of band.

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