This popular band, based in Hertfordshire, specialises in English tunes for English ceilidh dances and Irish tunes for instrumentals between the dances. Their repertoire also includes some Scottish and European tunes and some American square dances.
The band is made up five musicians: Alison on melodeon, concertina and whistle; Geoff on banjo; Ellie on fiddle; Simon on whistle and bodhran; and John on guitar. The band can also add a caller, who can demonstrate the dance steps and call the dances. This is great for a party or reception catering for all ages and guaranteed to get everyone on the dance floor. Our quoted price is for the five-piece band plus caller.
Testament to the high standard of musicianship and professionalism of All Hands Around are the sales (more than 3,000 copies to date) of their two CDs: ‘Country Dance Favourites for Schools’ volumes 1 and 2, which are used widely throughout the country to teach schoolchildren traditional dances.
All Hands Around are based in Hertfordshire. See Pricing for details of travel costs, etc.
What People Say:
"The band leader rang me beforehand to discuss our requirements and the timetable, which was very helpful. The band were flexible about arrangements. We had really good feedback from our guests on the music and the caller and it was exactly the sort of informal entertainment we wanted." Alison Mable - wedding reception - Essex - May 2011
"Dear Alison and all members of ‘All Hands Around’, Thank you all for such a wonderful evening … The level of the dances and your caller made everyone enjoy the dancing." Karen & Michael Sapsoad - daughter’s wedding - Hemel Hempstead
"Please thank the band for once again making a Hurford family wedding go with such a swing." Pat Hurford - daughter’s wedding - Watford
"Can you please pass on our thanks to everyone who played in All Hands Around last Sunday. We all had a wonderful time listening and dancing to your music." Sue Clark - CWARA Millennium Street Party