Tees Valley Ceilidhs

Bands, callers and other entertainers

Accordance

Have been our resident ceilidh band from the start. Based in the Darlington/Northallerton area, they are Carole (fiddle), Christine (accordion) and Hugh (bass guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin). They play for our opening ceilidh of the autumn season, in September, for our Christmas party in December, and sometimes appear individually in other bands during the year.

Dave Turner

is our resident caller and currently chairman of TVC. A member of Stockton Folk Dance Group and a regular caller at the Whitby Folk Festival, Dave has an extensive repertoire of dances, several of them his own.

Blind Panic

are based in the Darlington/Northallerton area. They first played together in 2008 to help out a friend in an emergency (hence the name - but his blind panic, not the band's). Noted for good strong tunes with strange chords and a driving bass line.

Robin Dunn & Sue Morgan

Robin and Sue come down from Newcastle to play for us every year, and it's always a special evening. Their repertoire of tunes and dances is very varied, and just that little bit different. Sue's piano and Robin's fiddle are a wonderful combination - and as for calling while playing ... !

The Liam Robinson Dance Band

The Liam Robinson Dance Band comprises of Liam Robinson (dance caller and melodeon), Nina Zagorski (piano) and Tim Walker (percussion and cornet). Over the past four years they have built an international reputation for playing traditional dance music of the highest quality.

They have appeared at events across the UK, from large festivals to small village events as well as private parties and weddings. They have toured twice in Estonia and Finland, as well as appearing in The Netherlands and Germany.comprises of Liam Robinson (dance caller and melodeon), Nina Zagorski (piano) and Tim Walker (percussion and cornet). Over the past four years they have built an international reputation for playing traditional dance music of the highest quality.

They have appeared at events across the UK, from large festivals to small village events as well as private parties and weddings. They have toured twice in Estonia and Finland, as well as appearing in The Netherlands and Germany.

We are pleased to welcome them to Yarm for our January Ceilidh

Herd on the Hill

Herd on the Hill is an exciting, new ceilidh band based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. We enjoy playing in nearby towns like Northallerton, Darlington, York and Easingwold, as well as further afield.

Combining Aidan Tulloch on the fiddle and piano, John Corcoran on the bass, and award-winning author, Jonathan Tulloch, playing the guitar and whistle, Herd on the Hill brings the best of traditional music from around the world into one, unforgettable programmed with music from Shetland to the Shtetl, York to Cork, and from Santa Fe to Whitley Bay!

Come and see them play for our November Ceilidh

Compass Rose

Compass Rose are a North-East of England based ceilidh band and folk band who play for dancing at weddings, village hall, school and community events, fundraisers and many other functions.

CeddesFolk

CeddesFolk is a six-piece band with a wide range of influences; traditional & modern folk, early music, jazz, tango and eastern-european fiddle tunes to name but a few. We perform as a concert or a ceilidh band, with two musicians doubling as callers."

Roosters

are a very colourful band from the Ripon area, with useful sidelines in breweries and swords.

Fiddlers Elbow

Fiddler's Elbow are a four piece Ceilidh Band consisting of Robin Dunn (Caller & fiddle), Rachael Hales (fiddle), Phil Tyler (fiddle) & Sue Morgan (piano), based in the North East of England. We play a wide variety of music from England, Scotland, Canada & New England as well as featuring Northumbrian tunes & Robin's own compositions.

Cobbers Jig

are a three-piece band who get together from, and in, various parts of Swaledale and similar scenic places.

Vertical Expression & caller Cis Hinkle

Cis Hinkle has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the US, England, and Denmark. When not on the road, Cis teaches t'ai chi classes in her native Atlanta, Georgia. She is on a short tour of the UK which started at Eastbourne International Folk Festival and finishes on May 20th. This will be Cis’ fifth appearance calling for Leeds Contra.

Probably the UK's most high-energy contra dance band, Vertical Expression is what happens when you take two English ceilidh musicians on fiddle and melodeon and put them with a guitar and double bass rhythm section with a love of bluegrass and gypsy jazz, throw in some old time music and foot percussion, a bit of French-Canadian one-row box, a few Irish fiddle tunes, some Django Reinhardt-style guitar, a bit of creativity and a lot of energy and fun....