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have been fuelling ceilidhs, barn-dances, weddings and all kinds of celebrations with jigs, reels and heart-broken airs for an effortless 30 years [come to our birthday party!]. And we’re proud to say that almost every booking has followed a recommendation from a satisfied customer.

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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.


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

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

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SPINACH CEILIDHS

SPINACH CEILIDHS

can be any time and anywhere, but a typical evening ceilidh lasts from 7.30 until 11.30 pm.

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!

What else? Click the headings on the right for more information, or get in touch - our contact details are at the bottom of the page.

SPINACH CEILIDHS can be any time and anywhere, but a typical evening ceilidh lasts from 7.30 until 11.30 pm.

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!

What else? Click the headings below for more information, or get in touch - our contact details are at the bottom of the page.

TESTIMONIALS

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We would like to say a massive and sincere THANK YOU to you all for playing and calling at our wedding at Dartington. We both had such, such good fun - it was my most enjoyable part of the day, and every time I looked around on the dance floor everyone I saw had a massive grin on their (sweaty!) faces. Quite a few non-dancers even got up a few times, so you must have had quite an effect on them!

I hope that we'll be able to come along to one of your dances again soon, or perhaps organise one for our friends and family at some point in the future.

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I would like to start by saying that we can't recommend this band highly enough. They played at our wedding in June this year. Not only are they a group of extremely talented musicians but they are very friendly and helpful as well. The quality of music is excellent and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

My family are Greek, so at the wedding, during the band's break, we thought we would play a CD of some Greek music and dance to it. We couldn't get the CD to work but the band had figured out the tune, so, during their break they played it for us. which was just amazing. We are still so thankful to them!

Natasha and I would like to thank you personally for how amazing you were that night and for making the night so personal and memorable for us. Thank you!

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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)

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.

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.

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

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!

GOOD CAUSES

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GOOD CAUSES

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.

TECHNICAL STUFF

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TECHNICAL STUFF

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.

THE NAME!!

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THE NAME!!

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

THAT CRAZY NAME

THE BAND . . .

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Ban Van Weede & Joel Segal, Fiddles.
Howard Harrison, Guitar
Martin Henning, Bass

THE BAND . . .

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BEN VAN WEEDE

Fiddle.

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JOEL SEGAL

Fiddle.

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HOWARD HARRISON

Guitar.

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MARTIN HENNING

Bass.

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BEN VAN WEEDE

Fiddle. Studied music at Dartington, has researched & collected folk music, worked in music theatre & community arts & has taught for Wren Music & Devon Music.

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JOEL SEGAL

Fiddle. Joel brings Jewish & Romanian flavours to the repertoire. He also plays with Kevara (klezmer).

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HOWARD HARRISON

Guitar and sometimes flute. Has also been involved in Indo-Jazz fusions (Dhani), leads a community Samba Band & has written many educational music books. Inventor of the Cardboard Nose Flute.

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MARTIN HENNING

Bass. Also plays with Poisson Rouge (Breton Dance Music), Kevara (klezmer), The Bootleg Swing Band (Gypsy Swing) and hosts Phonic FM's Roots & Shoots.

GIGLIST

GIGLIST . . .

NEXT PUBLIC GIG : AUGUST 9, 2017 / 12 - 2.30pm / SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL / ANCHOR GARDENS

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Aug 9
SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL
Anchor Gardens / 12 - 2.30

Aug 10 / Woodbury
Aug 12 / Hatherleigh
Aug 26 / Ide, Exeter
Sept 2 / Pinhoe

Sept 22
SPINACH BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Matthews Hall, Topsham / 7.30

Sept 23 / Pinhoe, Exeter
Sept 30 / Lympstone
Oct 28 / Hittisleigh
Nov 25 / Whitestone
Dec 29 / Lympstone


2018

Jan 13 / Willand
Jan 20 / Plymouth / Burns Night
Jan 26 / Topsham Rugby Club / Burns' Night
Feb 10 / Great Barn, Higher Ashton
Feb 22 / Dawlish Warren / Burns Night
March 17 / Bournemouth
May 7 / Blagdon
May 26 / Dartmouth Royal Naval College
August 4 / Dawlish
August 18 / Oak Barn, Hittisleigh

NEXT PUBLIC GIG : AUGUST 9, 2017 / 12 - 2.30pm / SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL / ANCHOR GARDENS

CONTACT

CONTACT . . .

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