Ceilidh band

Under the tree’s canopy interwoven with sparkling moonlight,
Heard the music of dancing elves therein

– Mendelssohn

The band

The best music needn’t be the preserve of concert-playing folk bands! Dancing Yew is typically a three-piece band made up of musicians with more than 25 years combined experience playing for ceilidhs, folk events and other performances. We all have day jobs but enjoy playing for a wide variety of bookings throughout the year at evenings and weekends.

Our line-up usually includes whistle/fiddle, guitar and bodhran (Irish frame drum) along with our own PA and lighting equipment. We also bring a caller to guide your dancers, whatever level of experience they may have.

We are a flexible group though, and can often accommodate special requests. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss specific requirements.

Watch this space for video and audio recordings soon!

Music

Our musical directors Yarden and Carl have used their considerable musical experience and talent to put together a tune folder containing 121 individual tunes (including many original compositions), lovingly wrapped in 44 separate sets.  It has almost equal parts Scottish and Irish tunes, which make up about a third each. Other significant origins include English and Scandinavian.  The most common key is A major (16.5%), followed closely by D major, then A minor.