We play for folk to dance and enjoy our music with the help of a caller or a MC.
The dancers may be beginners meeting this for the first time or of more experience perhaps belonging to dance clubs.
The event may be a barn dance, a folk dance, a ceilidh or a contra dance.
The occasion may be an anniversary, birthday, wedding, a fund-raising event, a harvest home, a party or just an evening to have a good dance.
We are happy to provide music for an all English or an American programme or a mixture.
We work with many different callers or happy to arrange one for you.
As well as providing music for sessions where improving dancers skills and techniques, we also lead workshops for musicians and callers.
Currently we have these available:-
Weekends and Weeks
What to do when not playing the tune - for musicians playing for dancing
How to improvise - for musicians wishing to develop this skill
What the caller needs to know about music - improving the working relationship between bands and Mc's
How we do what we do! Sharing our ideas and methods of playing
We provide the music for many dance weekends and the occasional week where a variety of different styles of music may be called for to match the dance sessions and workshops.
Weston CDB has appeared at many festivals over the years. Recently we have taken part in Chippenham, Southam, Whitby, Eastbourne and Lichfield Festivals.
Over the years we have built up a fairly unique collection of dance tunes, some of which have been written by Mary and Christina, and proved to be very successful.
Quite a few now have had dances written to them.
You can view/print some of them here.