spinach for norman guitar - image

spinach for norman

My Image
Spinach For Norman Header Image 3

spinach for norman

is a long-established West Country folk band. We’ve been fuelling ceilidhs, barn-dances, weddings and all kinds of celebrations with jigs, reels and heart-broken airs for years. And we’re proud to say that almost every booking has followed a recommendation from a satisfied customer.

We play mainly English, Irish & Scottish traditional dance musics so we can give you a mixed bag or a themed all-Scottish / Irish / English set. All of the band have been involved in other kinds of music, so we can add some French, American and even Transylvanian flavours if you’d like us to.

Unless you only want background or listening music, SPINACH comes with a caller to teach and lead the dances. Our regular caller is PAM HAYES. She’s hugely popular, great with adults, children, experienced and inexperienced dancers alike. She’ll add some dances from around the world into the mix if you want her to, and she can even call in French.

My Image
My Image

FOR YOUR CELEBRATION, BARN DANCE, WEDDING, BURNS’ NIGHT, ST. PATRICK’S NIGHT, CHARITY FUND-RAISER \ DEVON, CORNWALL, SOMERSET, DORSET AND BEYOND

the only ceilidh band you’ll ever need for your celebration, barn dance, wedding, burns night, st.patrick’s night, charity fund-raiser \ devon, cornwall, somerset, dorset & beyond.

the KNOWLEDGE

CEILIDHS

Spinach Ceilidhs can be any time and anywhere, but a typical evening ceilidh lasts from 7.30/8 until 11/12pm. We’re happy to play for most of that time with a break somewhere around the middle, but if you want to work it another way, that’s no problem - we’re very flexible! Please ask us for advice about dance floor sizes and general organisation if you need it. What else? . . .

  • . . . Weddings

    Open or Close

    Ceilidh dancing is perfect for weddings. It’s a great mixer, exhilarating if you’re getting it half right and hilarious if you aren’t, and it works for everyone, young and old.

    Spinach has had years of experience playing for weddings. Our caller will consult you to find out exactly what you want and will help you to shape your event. She can offer some special wedding dances if you would like them - for blessing the bride & groom (wilder than it sounds), for instance, or for giving them a traditional Scottish farewell as they leave for their honeymoon.

    We would just like to send you a massive thank you for the brilliant music you played for our wedding (18th). We loved every minute of it and it truly was great. We are so pleased we found out about you guys, it completed our day. All our guests have said how great an evening it was because of you guys.

    Please could you thank the Caller as well, as she was excellent at getting people involved and really friendly.

  • . . . Good Causes

    Open or Close

    We like to support charities and schools and can often offer them favourable rates, especially if you book us well in advance. We can sometimes offer this for non-commercial festivals and educational projects, too.

    Contact details below . . .

  • . . . Testimonials

    Open or Close

    We would just like to send you a massive thank you for the brilliant music you played for our wedding (18th). We loved every minute of it and it truly was great. We are so pleased we found out about you guys, it completed our day. All our guests have said how great an evening it was because of you guys.

    Please could you thank the Caller as well, as she was excellent at getting people involved and really friendly.

    Your band were amazing and I did enjoy the frolicking about . . . thanks again for helping to make our tea party a special event. (after the Queen's Birthday tea-party in Exford)

    Dear all of you ‘Spinach For Norman’ members (or should I say ’Spinach for no men . . . ‘), Thankyou so much for providing us with another memorable evening in Bourg d’oisans. Everyone loved it, and all went smoothly in the end. We really appreciated your efforts to come over (to France) and next time you must stay longer. Much love, Miranda

    HI Spinach!
    Just a quick thank-you for the fantastic music & entertainment you guys provided at our wedding in September. We had a great time and you made it an enjoyable evening for everyone.

    (Scroll down for more . . . )

    Dear Martin,
    Marine and I would like to thank you, Pam and the other musicians for an excellent performance last Monday. As I am sure you noticed we all had a great time. Please would you pass on our gratitude to all those involved?

    It was great Joel,
    Thank you and rest of Spinach for starting the day so well. Your set was 100% perfect for setting the scene and creating the right atmosphere.

    Dear Martin & Spinach For Norman,
    We wanted to write to thank you for the wonderful music you played at our wedding reception at Quantock View . . . . both the music you played during the wedding breakfast and for the ceilidh were perfectly judged and we have had so many comments from family and friends about how you set the tone. Thank you so much for your skill, professionalism and fun - it made our day!

    Hi Joel,
    I just wanted to say a huge belated thank you for playing so brilliantly at our wedding 27th June. We really really enjoyed it. It was perfect - really fun, relaxed and the caller was excellent with all the kids in particular.
    Thank you so much . . .

  • . . . Technical Stuff

    Open or Close

    We’ll bring a high-quality, pat-tested Mackie + Bose PA system that will give a great sound in any situation, but we can run it off a single plug socket if necessary. Set-up and sound-check takes less than an hour and we can be away again in less than 30 minutes.

    We need a performing area of at least 5 x 3 metres, but more would be nice . . .

    We have public liability insurance.

  • . . . That Crazy Name!!

    Open or Close

    Everybody asks where the name came from. Book us and we’ll tell you.

POKE THE BAND

Ben van Weede, fiddle player Spinach fro norman
Ben van Weede biog
Howard harrison, Guitarist, Spinach for Norman
Howard harrison biog
Joel Segal Fiddle player, Spinach For Norman
Joel Segal biog
Martin Henning, Bass, Spinach for Norman
Martin Henning biog
Ben van Weede, fiddle player Spinach fro norman
Ben van Weede biog
Howard harrison, Guitarist, Spinach for Norman
Howard harrison biog
Joel Segal Fiddle player, Spinach For Norman
Joel Segal biog
Martin Henning, Bass, Spinach for Norman
Martin Henning biog

A TASTE OF OUR CD . . .

PLEASE JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

. . . and we’ll let you know when & where we’re playing. For your online security, you’ll receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription, so please dig it out of your junk folder if necessary! Thanks.

CONTACT

Phone Joel : 07790 906118 or
Martin : 01837 871498 / 07792 070325
or send us an email -

Thank you! Your submission was successfully sent. We'll be in touch with you as soon as we can.×
Opps! Something went wrong... Your submission did not go through :-(×

GIG LIST 2017 & 18

Gigs in bold are public - please come!

2017

Jan 14 / Calverleigh
Jan 21 / Burns Night, Plymouth
Jan 27 / Burns Night, Topsham
Feb 2 / Dawlish Warren
Feb 4 / Higher Ashton
March 11 / Tedburn St Mary
March 18 / Cullompton
March 24 / Topsham
April 1 / Higher Ashton

April 12 / Watchet (trio)

April 15 / Sidmouth
April 29 / Exeter

May 1 / Simonsbath Festival

May 13 / nr. Tiverton
May 27 / Clyst St George
May 28 / nr. Honiton
June 3 / Calverleigh

June 17 / Bratton Clovelly

June 18 / Dartington Hall
July 1 / Ashburton
July 7 / Whitstone
July 8 / Kingsbridge
July 29 / Curry Rivel, then Nr. Beaford!

Aug 9 / Sidmouth Folk Fest

Aug 10 / Woodbury
Aug 12 / Hatherleigh
Sept 2 / Pinhoe

Sept 22
SPINACH BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Matthews Hall, Topsham

Sept 30 / Lympstone
Oct 28 / Hittisleigh
Nov 25 / Whitestone

2018

Jan 13 / Willand
Jan 26 / Topsham Rugby Club / Burns' Night
Feb 10 / Great Barn, Higher Ashton
Feb 22 / Dawlish Warren / Burns Night
March 17 / Bournemouth