This is the website of the Well Dressed Band. We are a community band based in the Peak District and we play for ceilidhs and barn dances in the local area including South Yorkshire. The band also gives an opportunity for aspiring folk musicians to learn to play for dances in a friendly atmosphere.
Return to normal?
With the easing of Covid restrictions we are gradually returning to normal with indoor practices and taking bookings for ceilidhs. We had two outdoor bookings in the Summer and have held three indoor practices at the Bamford Institute. This will not be available for further practices so we will be holding practices up until Christmas at Loxley Hall, Hope on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. On the alternate Tuesdays we shall continue to hold Zoom sessions for those that wish to join us. We shall monitor the situation and further information will be provided on the diary page.
The Band in Lockdown
During the lockdown for Covid19 the band had to find other ways to practise. On Tuesday evenings, when we would normally meet to practise, we have had a virtual practice via Zoom. It is not possible to play along on Zoom, because of the inbuilt delay, but we have been muting our sound and playing along at home, either to a lead player or a recording of the band.
Another way of hearing other band members has been to create virtual recordings. A master track is created and circulated. Band members then record themselves playing along to it. All the recordings are then collated to create the final full band recording. The response from band members has been amazing. Not only have we created some great music but it has been a valuable learning opportunity for people to listen to themselves playing.
We created eleven sets which were used for two virtual Home Grown Ceilidhs on 20th September and 22nd November 2020 and produced some more for a virtual three band weekend held in February 2021.
Some of our virtual sets can be heard below.
1 - Jigs: The Burdett, Lady Compton's Whim
2 - Reels: Shove the Pig's Foot a little further on the Fire, Sandy Boys
3 - Marches: Rally Round the Flag, St Timothy
4 - Polkas: Australian - Third of January, Old Time Polka
5 - Waltzes: West Leyden, Peek-a-Boo
6 - Jigs: Fiery Clockface, St George's Day
7 - Hornpipes: Johnson's, Kirkgate
8 - Polkas: Salmon Tails, Jimmy Alan
9 - Jigs: New Rigged Ship, Hunt the Squirrel
10 - Set Dances: Buttered Peas, Curry Polka
11 - Reels: New Road to Alston, Will's Way