Spinach for Norman

A ceilidh band servicing social dancing for all occasions.

Our Story

Spinach for Norman is a leading ceilidh band from Devon in the UK. They bring a lively energy to every gathering with their dynamic sound created by two fiddles, guitar, and bass. Their music is drawn from traditional dance music from the South Westand all of the British Isles as well as some from across the Atlantic and Europe.

Starting from a shared passion for traditional music, Spinach for Norman started to evolve in the early 1980’s into the well-established band you see today.

Known for their infectious performances, Spinach for Norman has served a diverse range of clients including local community events, couples at weddings, corporate events and local dance enthusiasts.

With over forty years of experience serving the southwest of England, Spinach for Norman is a vibrant ceilidh band specialising in weddings, corporate events, and local dances.

What we offer

You provide the space, dancers, and a 13 amp plug and we supply the band, caller and PA.
Discover the range of qualities that traditional music and dance can bring to your events.

Live Music

Join the celebration with talented musicians who bring over 40 years of experience to every performance.

Dance Caller

Every wedding dance needs a caller to lead the dancing. We have worked with many callers but Pam Hayes is our ever popular resident caller. She is equally great with grown ups and children. She looks after everyone whatever their previous experience of traditional social dance and makes sure everyone has fun. She will consult with you to find out exactly how you would like the dancing to go.

Shared Enjoyment

Ceilidhs are a great leveller and mixer so are ideal for socialising for any celebration. The band is also quite used to playing for background music so is equally at home for events where the priority is just for chat and networking.

Meet Spinach for Norman

These are the core players and are all the founding members of band. We believe that maintaining a stable core band membership helps us ensure complete customer satisfaction.

Joel Segal

Joel brings the Jewish and Romanian flavours to the band. He has played with Klezmer bands and is currently working with “Trikkeballakke”, an Italian music band in Exeter. He is also well known for being a man of books…literally!

Ben van Weede

Ben is known as one of the most accomplished fiddle players in Devon. He began his music career taking on his mother’s blown out harmonicas when he was little. He studied folk music traditions of the British Isles at Dartington College of Arts. He has been working with the Devon Music Service for nearly 40 years and this experience has led him onto acheiving an M Ed in enquiring into the significance of Informal Learning in music.

Steve Verge

Steve is well known in the South West for his rhythm guitar skills. It is no surprise that he is steeped in the music traditions of his native Devon. His energy is indespensble to the band and his role is to make the music truly danceable. He brings with him the qualities of a long experience in performing Rock and Gypsy Jazz music that greatly enhances the traditional dance music we all love.

Martin Henning

Martin is a highly creative bassist whose subtle and effective playing can almost go unoticed (as can be the lot of any bassist!). He is in much demand and can be also found performing with “Poisson Rouges” – Breton folk dance band, “Bootleg Swing Band” – Gypsy Swing and various Kelzmer bands. He is also a presenter on Phonic FM’s “Roots & Shoots” programme.


Some of our tunes…

Our diary…


Any bookings marked TBC are still provisional. If you would like to book that date then do contact us. Any marked “Public event” are open to the public. If you would like to come along to one of these events then contact us about how to book tickets.

April 20 (Sat) Private function, Ashburton, Devon
April 26 (Fri) Private function, Hope Under Dinmore, Herefordshire,
April 27th (Sat) Private function, Duckaller Farm, Devon
May 4th (Sat) Private function, Duckaller Farm, Devon
May 11th (Sat) Public event, Whitestone, Devon. See our Facebook page for details.
May 25th (Sat) Private function, Exmouth, Devon TBC
June 1st (Sat) Private function, Exeter, Devon
June 15th (Sat) Private function, Pinhoe, Exeter, Devon
July 27 (Sat) Private function, Great Malvern, Worcestershire
Aug 3rd (Sat) Private function, Escot, Devon
Aug 4th (Sun) Private function, Blagdon, Bristol
Aug 15th (Thur) Private function, Blagdon Bristol TBC
Aug 17th (Sat) Private function, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Aug 24th (Sat) Private function, Whitestone, Devon
Aug 25th (Sun) Public event, Topsham, Devon
Aug 31st (Sat ) Private function, Coombe-in-Teignhead, Devon
Sept 7th (Sat) Private function, Lympstone, Devon TBC
Sept 14th (Sat) Private function, Hittisleigh, Devon
Sept 28th (Sat) Public event. Winsford, Somerset TBC
Oct 5th (Sat) Public event, Hennock, Devon TBC
Nov 2nd (Sat) Private function, Williton, Somerset TBC
Nov 30th (Sat) Public event, Kennford, Devon


Jan 25 (Sat) Public event, Kenton, Devon TBC
Feb 15 (Sat) Private function, Higher Ashton, Devon
Feb 22nd (Sat) Private function, Higher Ashton, Devon TBC
May 24th (Sat) Private function, Cadeleigh, Devon,

Contact us…

Joel Segal


07790 906118‬

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