The exotic chiming sounds of a steel pan band effortlessly conjure up the holiday ambience of a Caribbean beach-party or carnival. Even if the weather is not fully cooperating, a sense of carefree, sunshine abandon will permeate and warm the spirit.
Ceilidh dancing is inclusive, interactive and great fun. At a typical wedding party, often involving two disparate groups of people who may never even have met before, it is an unbeatable icebreaker, overcoming potential barriers of nationality, language, dialect, gender and class at a stroke by promoting carefree, exhilarating fun with a strong binding element of teamwork.
You can call it a barn dance, a ceilidh or a country dance – it all comes to the same thing. A dance caller walks you through a dance, the band strikes up and the caller calls out the moves. No previous experience is required.
Two classic ingredients are needed to create an unforgettable wedding ceilidh or barn dance – exciting music and a fun dance caller who involves all the guests. Black Velvet Band provides both with an interactive and enjoyable style that is guaranteed to make your party a great success.
From classical ragas to modern Bollywood song, Strings presents the best of the sounds of India, from ancient times to the present day. Whether you want a sitar and tabla duo to provide background music for a small drinks reception or a full festival-style band with dancers, Strings can fulfil your requirements.
In Mandinkan, “jali” means musician and “kunda” means home. Jalikunda, then, means “musician’s home”. It’s an apt name for this vibrant group of young African musicians and dancers. Their performance blows new life into the ancient folk culture of their homeland in West Africa. As they travel across the globe, performing the music and dances…