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About The Dawntreader Ceilidh Band

Making dancing fun for all ages since 2009 - ideal inclusive entertainment for party's, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries - live music for
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The Dawntreaders Are :- DEBS, our Caller has been a dancer all her life, and has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge over the years. She can call for novice and experienced dancers alike, and has called for Wedding Ceilidhs at some of the South West's most prestigious Country Houses. She has even called for a Ceilidh at a converted Napoleonic Fort! At the other end of the scale, she is equally at home calling for Birthday Ceilidhs or Barn Dances at local village halls.She has a comprehensive knowledge of Folk music and Dancing which is put to good use in her duties as a Committee Member for the Annual Teignmouth Folk Festival. Should you have any queries about Ceilidhs, English, Scottish, or other wise, she is the Caller to speak to. LYNNETTE has a classical background with Violin and Viola. She has performed with Orchestras all over Europe, and is no stranger to London's Festival Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. About 8 years ago she decided to swap her Viola for a Fiddle because Ceilidh and Folk Music was more fun! Lynnette is probably one of the most dynamic and powerful Fiddle players available in the West Country at the moment. Her playing has to be seen and heard to be believed, dancing all over the stage - she generates so much energy, just what a good Dance Band needs! Along with John, Lynn is jointly responsible for our arrangements. Lynnette now has a much coveted 'Bridge' 5 string Electric Fiddle which she has lovingly named 'Calvin'. This effectively combines a Viola and a violin into one electric instrument. She makes full use of the capabilities of this versatile instrument. Lynn is also available for solo spots, eg playing Classical Music during the signing of the register at weddings. JOHN moved into the area a few years ago from Kent. Having trained at the Royal College of Music, he has played Keyboards, Accordion and Bass Guitar in a variety of Bands for most of his life. He has also played in many Venues across Europe. He can play almost every instrument there is, the exceptions being 1) The Scottish Pipes - he can't stand the 'noise' they make, and 2) The Violin - his Father was a classical musician playing....yes the Violin! One of John's more 'famous' Venues has been playing for the Queen at a number of Her Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace. His current instrument is the Roland Accordion this is effectively a synthesiser in Accordion shape. It can play a multitude of different instruments, eg Clarinet, as well as all the classic Accordion voices. He has a vast repertoire of tunes to entertain and get you dancing. As above, John keeps us supplied with sheet music and tune set arrangements. Both John and Lynn have an extensive knowledge of musical theory. MEL, well he just plays Guitar. But it’s his driving rhythm that you find your feet moving to. Mel doesn't really read music and plays mainly 'by ear', but he doesn't let that get in the way of a good tune. His motto seems to be "You lead, and I will follow". He likes to think he is in charge, but Lynn, Debs and John know better. Dance Music, be it Folk, Ceilidh, Ballroom, whatever, needs a Basic Rhythm or Pulse to guide the Dancers. This is Mel's job, along with the Bass provided by John's left hand on the Accordion. So many Bands these days are too intricate in their arrangements. I hear time and time again 'they are brilliant musicians, but you can't dance to them'. You will never hear that said about The Dawntreaders. Well, you may hear the 'Brilliant Musicians' bit! MARK, our sound engineer has over 30 years experience and has worked with leading musicians such as Martin Carthy, Liza Carthy, Dr. Faustus, John Kirkpatrick and Show of Hands to name but a few. He doesn’t like to name drop……but I do! You may wonder, if you have seen us before, what the quiet one is doing in the corner. He doesn't seem to do much, but its his keen ear and delicate tweeking of the sound desk that makes the Band's job a lot easier, often resolving a problem before anyone else realizes that there was in fact a problem. I am a great believer in having a dedicated sound engineer so that the band can concentrate on playing without having to worry about how good they sound, or dealing with any glitches that may arise. This of course also means that you will hear us at our best all night long. WHAT IS A CEILIDH? Originally, a ceilidh was a social gathering of any sort, and did not necessarily involve dancing. Céilidh music may be provided by an assortment of fiddle, flute, tin whistle, accordion, bodhrán, and in more recent times also drums and electric bass guitar. The music is cheerful and lively, and the basic steps can be learned easily; a short instructional session is often provided for new dancers before the start of the dance itself. In Ireland the first céilidh band was put together in 1926 by Séamus Clandillon, Radio Éireann's director of Music, in order to have dance music for his studio-based programmes Dancing at céilidhe is usually in the form of céilidh dances, set dances or couple dances. A "Set" consists of four couples, with each pair of couples facing another in a square or rectangular formation. Each couple exchanges position with the facing couple, and also facing couples exchange partners, while all the time keeping in step with the beat of the music. However, about half of the dances in the modern Scots céilidh are couple dances performed in a ring. These can be performed by fixed couples or in the more sociable "progressive" manner, with the lady moving to the next gentleman in the ring at or near the end of each repetition of the steps. In Ireland, the similar style of dance is called céili dance or fíor (true) céili dance. Some of the dances are named after famous historical battles and events, others after items of daily rural life. The "Siege of Ennis", "The Walls of Limerick" and "The Stack of Barley" are popular dances in this genre. These days, a ceilidh or barn dance is simply a dance party with traditional folk music. It is suitable for all ages and, although the dances are generally quite lively, there will be some suited to the very old or young. The movements may often be made by walking, but it's more fun to dance/step to the tunes. The dancing does not require any experience because a 'caller' explains or demonstrates each dance first — it's easy ! That's why a ceilidh is so good for weddings or gatherings where people are brought together and wish to share a "fun" experience.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
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Song list

Strip The Willow / Drops Of Brandy
Lancashire Reel
Stoke Golding
Clopton Bridge
Buttered peas
Coming 'round The Mountain
Gay Gordons
Randy Rams
Boston Tea Party
Westmoreland Cottages
Circle Waltz(Just Tosa)
Dashing White Sergeant
Willow Tree
Devon Jig
Waves Of Tory or Lovers Knot
St Bernard's Waltz
Cornish 6 Hand Reel / Oxo Reel
The Tempest
Circassion circle
Eightsome Reel
Witches Reel
Sweets of May
Santas Sleighride
Sandford Stomp
Lucky Seven
Star Quadrill
Haste To The Wedding
Welsh Two Between Two
Apple Tree Square
Blue Circle Dance
Pat-A-Cake Polka
Military Two Step
Bridge of Athlone
Reel Of The 51st Division
Flying Scotsman
Canadian Barn Dance
Cumberland Square Eight
Nottingham Square
The Duke Of Perth
Hamilton House
Inverness Country Dance
Israeli Wedding Dance


From customers:

Wedding, 5 years ago

just wanted to say thank you so much to you and the rest of the band for making our wedding so much fun, lots of our guests had never been to a ceilidh before and they absolutely loved it! Many Thanks again, Tammy and Owen.

Wedding, L, 5 years ago

That was brilliant. Thank you so much. Everyone said it was the best time they had all weekend. We will all be recommending you to everyone we know. You guys were superb and generated such a good atmosphere - old and young alike had an evening to remember."

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