Dance Musicians & Bands

North to South VI

Cortes Island

One Foot In The Groove. Four piece band with good access to play events on the islands north of Nanaimo. Brian Hayden - fiddle, Rick Bockner - guitar, - double bass, and Drivin' - keyboards, percussion. Contra / Community / Barn dances

Cowichan Valley

The Shady Grove Dance Band, small image

The Shady Grove Dance Band, a project of The Shady Grove Folk Arts Society
seven piece Old Timey group
Multi-instrumentalist membership
Traditional Square dance
Contact Peter 250.929.8226


Calvin Cairns - small photo

Calvin Cairns (left) (and via the Victoria Fiddle Society) - Contra / Barn dances 

Ceilidh Briscoe

Ceilidh Briscoe (All-Ireland Fiddle Champion), with accompanists - Fiddle, plus guitar or other - Contra dance

The Dancehall Players 12th Night

The Dancehall Players porch

The Dancehall Players - English Country, house band for the Victoria English Country Dance Soc. Two albums (CD or download) of danceable English Country Dance music. ECD & Country / Community / Contra dances

Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp (at DL House of Music, or Victoria Fiddle Soc.)  - Contra, Barn dances, Prairie / Fiddle / Old Time dances

Jeremy Walsh

 Jeremy Walsh as duo or more (also Myspace) - Contra / Barn / Community

The Odd Hack Band - album cover Trip To Pender

The Odd Hack Band
Established Contra dance band, playing throughout the PNW

Contact - David Gartrell  Pennyless Duo

 Pennyless Duo - Damian & Liza Jane - old time music for Old Time / Square / Contra dance

Rig-A-Jig band photoRig-A-Jig CD cover

Rig-A-Jig (above) Established dance band, play for Contra, any form of Country, Community, or Barn dance. Music performance as well in the British Traditional folk or Celtic genres. Great for a dance or a pub, restaurant, folk club

Sarah Tradewell / The Tradewells / Sarah Tradewell Quartette (BC Fiddle Champion) - Contra, Barn/Community dances, Prairie dances; fiddle or fiddle & piano, or fiddle, piano, guitar & bass

The Slow Pokes Ceilidh Band

Slow Pokes (duo) / Slow Pokes Ceilidh Band (trio +/- caller) - Scottish Ceilidh, Contra, Scottish Country, weddings, parties, fundraisers. Fiddle & guitar, or Two fiddles, guitar, with or without dance caller

YOMADA House Band

YOMADA House String Band - old time music with four or more. Own Old Time dance throughout the year / Contra /  Community / Barn, with or without dance caller (primarily for traditional squares)

Entries against the performers are only what your scribe knows of their music/dance combination/capability/interest/availability. Please contact the performer to determine what they are willing to do. Most have engaged in regional travel at some time