Victoria English Country Dance Society
The Dancehall Players
Fresh From Dan's Hall: Original Tunes by The Dancehall Players
is an album of original compositions by members of the Dancehall Players. The tunes range from jigs and reels, to waltzes and airs, and are performed on piano, violin, flute, recorders, guitar, mandolin, cuatro, cello, banjo, voice, and percussion. Music to stir your heart and get your toes tappingCDSS, , AADS (Belgium), and CDbaby / Digital downloads are available from CD Baby and their partners - $5 download cards for this album are available from band members
A book of muiscal notation is available, to accompany the latest album - CDSS, band members
Robbie Thomas, English Dance & Song magazine http://eds.efdss.org
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Live From Dan's Hall reviews
It is DELIGHTFUL, just delightful. No other word will do. I generally try to listen carefully and then give constructive criticism; but that ainít gonna happen here. I wasnít halfway through Knole Park before I had to put fingers to keyboard and tell you how Iím feeling. If I could type standing up (or dancing), thatís what Iíd be doing. What a great CD you and the band have put together! On behalf of the whole dance scene, thank you.
Iím just listening to the lyrical and lovely Miss Gordon of Gight as I write. The arrangements are really beautiful and the piano playing is impeccable. Makes me wish I were an English country dancer! The cover design is attractive--very professionalóand the notes informative and useful. Iím sure the CD will be a great asset to the dancing community, not just in Victoria but far beyond.
Personally I particularly like your arrangements in Childgrove, and it is really good to have the beautiful music for Filigree which we enjoyed dancing at Halsway Manor last Fall... ...a great big thank you to you and the Dancehall Players for producing this wonderful CD.
It's delightful! Thank you so much! Ansa just asked me if it made me feel like dancing. I suggested, on first listen, it makes me feel like devouring a haunch of venison with a dagger and fork, washing it down with flagons of ale, whilst watching other's, more spritely than I, Fandango-ing their hearts out in some green meadow of English daisies. Very inspired. More seriously, it really is fine. I'm sure, with successive listens, many more of the intricacies will become apparent. Pass along my appreciation to the troupe. From one crazy old country picker: Well done!
More From Dan's Hall reviews
there's an innocent, sweet quality to it that evokes the pastoral
beauty that I and many of us first loved about
ECD.A wide variety of instruments, all expertly played, lend a great
variety and richness
to the disc. There are some familiar favorites as well as some tunes
that, to my knowledge, have not been recorded before.
The album (CD) is available directly from , any other member of the band, via the Victoria ECD Soc.website, & at all dances
Live From Dan's Hall is listed at Last.fm and for sale at the CDSS store, CDBaby, iTunes Store, AADS (Anglo American Dance Society, Belgium), GreatIndie Music, Amazon (album or individual tracks available at many of these sites for download by payment). It may also be stocked by local shops. Please buy locally, direct from the band if you can
Park, Childgrove, The Fandango, Ronde IX (O Susato), The Duke of Kent's
Waltz, Agatha (Sarah),
The Dancehall Players second album of danceable English Country music, More From Dan's Hall is out! See the band Thursday evenings, also available at many of the outlets listed above and Folksales UK (aka "Appling's")
Tracks: Aprilís March, Hunt The Squirrel (Geud Man of Ballangigh), St. Catherine, Quem Pastores (Shepherdsí Delight), La Gavre, Tango in Toronto, Trip to Paris, Twelfth Night at the Fireside / The Lass She Danced Alone, As Luck Will Have It (Halsway Sicilian), Hambletonís Round-O, Red and All Red, Frank Palmer, Elegant Dancer, Branle des Chevaux (Horseplay), Delia (or The Amorous Goddess), Annikaís Waltz
An album notes booklet, much larger than that included with the CD, is available on-line. It includes 44 pages of music, dance and historical notes as well as many photographs (photos S. Kirkvold)
Fresh From Dan's Hall is now out, as of April 2016. It will shortly be available from CDBaby and other sources and is now available from the band members and at VECDS dances
"The beautiful photograph of Dan's Hall that is the cover of More From Dan's Hall was taken by Louise Hawksford in 2001. We love it so much that it has appeared on our first two albums."
"Thank you for all your support and encouragement. Come out and dance - we love to play!"
The Dancehall Players, in a variety of combinations, will be playing about the Victoria and Vancouver area throughout the year. Please check back for updates