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Music and Dance

I have been playing percussion in a barn dance and ceilidh band for over 20 years. I also now work as a dance caller, sometimes with my own band, but also with other bands. I am involved with running a folk club and regularly attend a number of other clubs, singarounds and music sessions. I dance with a number of Morris sides, and have held the roles of squire, bagman and foreman. I have run workshops in Morris and folk dance, both for complete beginners and for experienced dancers.

  • Barn Dance and Ceilidh
  • Morris Dancing
  • Singing and Playing
  • Composition

Phil calling for a barn dance and playing percussion.

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Barn Dance and Ceilidh
I play percussion and tin whistle with The Bang On The Wall Band. I also work as a dance caller for barn dances and ceilidhs, usually with other bands, but sometimes with Bang On The Wall.
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Morris Dancing
I have been bagman, squire and foreman for Anstey Morrismen, and foreman for Sergeant Musgraves Dance. I also occasionally dance with The Bunnies From Hell. My first side though was, and still is The Hinckley Plough Bullockers.
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Singing and Playing
I play percussion and tin whistle with The Bang On The Wall Band. I also play a little on the Anglo concertina. I enjoy singing traditional and not so traditional folk songs. I started, and still help to run The Poppy Folk Club in the Lady Bay Area of West Bridgford, Nottingham. I also attend a number of music sessions and other folk clubs, singarounds, etc.
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Compositions
I am not a prolific composer, but I have written a number of songs, dances and dance tunes as well as the odd poem and story.
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Dance Caller
I work as a dance caller for ceilidhs and barn dances, so if you are organising an event, whether it be a party to celebrate a birthday or wedding, a pta, church or village dance, a festival or corporate event, please do get in touch. I have recently moved from Nottingham to Somerset, so I mainly work in the East Midlands and the South West, but am available to travel anywhere in the country.
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The Bang On The Wall Band
The Bang On The Wall Band is a barn dance and ceilidh band based in the East Midlands. Martin Wildig and I formed the band in 1997 after the previous band (The ACME Dance Company) that we both played in folded. The band works with a number of different dance callers. Our main regular caller is Laz Gilbert, or I sometimes call the dances myself.
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Poppy Folk Club
The Poppy Folk Club meets once a month at the Poppy and Pint in the Lady Bay Area of West Bridgford, Nottingham. We have a nice big room upstairs at the pub. Generally we alternate each month between a songs and music session and a concert night where we have a guest artist to perform, followed by a singaround for anyone wanting to stay afterwards to sing or play.
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Dance Tuition and Workshops
I have been foreman (dance teacher and choreographer) for Sergeant Musgraves Dance and Anstey Morrismen and have taught dances for The Bunnies From Hell. I have led workshops at Chippenham Folk Festival, Folk East Festival, Barefoot Festival and Nottingham World Music Festival. I also ran classes in morris and folk dancing at Deda dance studios in Derby.
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Social Media
I am fairly active on Facebook and I also have accounts at Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, Google+ and YouTube.
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