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The Burys, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1HR
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The Dartmoor Pixie Band

The Dartmoor Pixie Band were due to make their umpteenth visit to Godalming in March 2018 but the Winter weather had other plans and they ended up being snowed-in on Dartmoor! We are therefore delighted to announce, weather permitting, they will be at the Borough Hall for our final dance before our Summer break.

The "Pixies" are an English country dance band from the heart of Devon and are steeped in the musical and dance tradition of Dartmoor. Their mix of Melodeon, Piano Accordion, Banjo, Drums and Bass produces a sound that is very much their own and will have you tapping your feet or, better still, will have you up and dancing your socks off. They have played together for more years than they care to remember so their style and repertoire is distinctly their own.

Calling the dances will be the band's resident caller, Sarah Bazeley, to guarantee a fabulous evening from, without doubt, one of the most popular bookings at the Borough.

Party rates for tickets can be found at http://www.musici.club/bdtickets.htm

A splendid time is guaranteed for all - as always at GBH Ceilidhs!

Sat 6 Apr

£11.99 some concessions

Florida

Florida have played at the Borough Hall numerous times before and it is a delight to welcome them back. They are without doubt a band with a unique sound. Good time jazz meets English country Chicago, New York, Big Band and even Phil Spector meet ceilidh dance tunes (click on the YouTube link above for a taster). Their fusion of swing, jazz, traditional folk, rock, and much else besides, has become a distinctive trademark. Nobody plays English dance like Florida.

The band's line-up consists of Gavin Atkin (fiddle, guitars, vocals), Tim Bull (melodeons, vocals), Richard Goodwin (soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, taragot, wind synth, etcetera), Charlie Handley (trumpet, trumpet synth, vocals), and Chris Warner (bass, vocals). The band's musical background covers classical, jazz, rock, trad folk, dance bands, a capella harmony, and ritual dance. It shows.

Master of dancing will be one of their regular callers, Chris Rose, who is guaranteed to provide an evening of thoroughly enjoyable dances to accompany the happy music, the sort that can put a smile on your face (to quote Living Tradition magazine).

Party rates for tickets can be found at http://www.musici.club/bdtickets.htm

A splendid time is guaranteed for all - as always at GBH Ceilidhs!

Sat 2 Mar

£11.99 some concessions

Hms Pinafore With Trial By Jury (Performed By Godalming Operatic Society)

This year we welcome you aboard HMS Pinafore, one of the most popular Gilbert Sullivan Operas, with its sparkling music and memorable songs. Taking the topical theme of unequal opportunities, this is a tale of love seemingly doomed by class difference. You may wonder how Sir Joseph Porter became First Lord of the Admiralty having never been on a ship or why Dick Deadeye has not been discharged from the Royal Navy on medical grounds. However, we all know that Gilberts nonsense would never happen in real life! What never? Well, hardly ever….We are combining this with the mini Gilbert Sullivan operatta Trial by Juryto give you a really fantastic evening of entertainment. Breach of Promise of Marriage allowed a bride to sue if she was left at the altar, so maybe Angelina is after financial compensation from her rogue of a fiancee? We all know the path of true love doesnt always run smoothly and certainly not once W.S. Gilbert has put his slant on it. Trial by Jury is the only G S opera without spoken dialogue and now you have this golden opportunity to enjoy it alongside GS favourite, HMS Pinafore.

Tue 19 Feb

£10–£16

Wed 20 Feb

£10–£18

Thu 21 Feb

£10–£18

Fri 22 Feb

£10–£16

Sat 23 Feb

£10–£16

£10–£18

The Pigeon Swing

The Pigeon Swing have arguably to most prestigious CV of English Ceilidh bands in the country - it's line-up consists of Dan Quinn (melodeons, formally a member of Flowers & Frolics, Gas Mark 5 etc.), Martin Brinsford (harmonica and feet, member of The Old Swan Band, Brass Monkey etc.), Paul Burgess (fiddle, member of The Old Swan Band and formerly The English Country Dance Band etc.), Ian Kearey (bass guitar, member of Duck Soup and formerly The Oyster Band) and Tim Normanton (banjo, member of Grand Union and formerly of Housewives' Choice).

Caller Baz Parkes has been at the Borough Hall numerous times in the past, usually to call with All Blacked Up. His extensive portfolio of dances is English through and through but, on this occasion, they will be danced to The Pigeon Swing's repertoire of French Canadian tunes, culled from recordings and transcripts of the old players, but played in the style of English ceilidh dancing.

Party rates for tickets can be found at http://www.musici.club/bdtickets.htm

A splendid time is guaranteed for all - as always at GBH Ceilidhs!

Sat 12 Jan

£11.99 some concessions

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