Silver Street Ceilidh Band
Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band(no reviews)
Based In: Lambeth, London
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Silver Street Ceilidh Band is an eclectic group of some of the finest (and friendliest) musicians on the scene. Although a London ceilidh band, their music has roots in the rich seam of traditional music in Scotland and the North East of England. They also play tunes from elsewhere in England, Ireland and even further afield. They boast decades of experience of playing for dancing between them (despite their youthful looks…), and know how to ensure you – and your guests – have a fabulous time!
“Thanks so much for playing for us. You were a real hit and it was wonderful to get so ... many people dancing! Thanks in particular for keeping the set going at such a good pace – I felt we had a really good dance!” – Fleur, wedding, May 2016
The band is made up of dual fiddles, melodeon and piano. They carefully explain the dances to ensure everyone has as much fun as possible – irrespective of experience.
Martin Clarke – caller and fiddle
Martin is a hugely experienced ceilidh dance caller fiddle player. His endless enthusiasm for getting everyone involved, and simple, patient guidance in explaining the dances, focuses on ensuring that everyone has as much fun as possible. He loves nothing more than a room full of people throwing themselves at the fine line between awesome ceilidh dancing and total mayhem!
Beth Chamberlain – lead fiddle
Beth leads our music with her flamboyant, virtuoso fiddle playing. As a supremely talented musician, her driving melodies alone are enough to get even ... the most reluctant dancer’s feet tapping. Beth cut her cloth playing with the Tyne Valley’s leading ceilidh band, Hedgehog Skin.
Joe O’Connor – button accordion
Joe’s beautiful playing perfectly complements Beth’s soaring fiddle tunes. His warm, rich tone won him a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award in 2007 with his band, Last Orders, as well as a solo runner-up in 2006. He has played alongside various high-profile artists, such as the Kathryn Tickell Band, Alistair Anderson, Louis Killen and The Old Rope String Band.
Will Chamberlain – Piano
Will’s punky piano beats really underpin the whole feel of the band’s music. He is an expert improvisor, able to shape the mood and colour of the music, and really give the dancers a lift when they most need it. Will’s piano playing adds not just energy and drive to the sound, but also a bit of tongue-in-cheek silliness to the music. Watch out for the band sharing a ‘musical joke’ with each other mid-set!
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