The Castle Band

68 Linum Place NE4 9TS Newcastle Upon Tyne (Tyne and Wear) Map
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About The Castle Band

Located in Northumberland and Newcastle Upon Tyne -Tyne and Wear- The Castle Band is a lively Northumbrian barn dance band which plays for barn dances, ceilidhs, festivals, weddings and private functions.

Services offered

The Castle Band specialises in the very rhythmical jigs, reels and hornpipes and the tuneful slow airs and waltzes which feature in the traditional music of Northumberland and the Borders. Furthermore, the band’s repertoire also includes many newly written additions to the Northumbrian tradition.

How they work

The basis of the band’s great sound is the traditional blend of fiddle and accordion, supported by a rhythm section which, depending on availability or your requirements, can include second accordion and drums, with piano and bass from the left hand side of Nathan Armstrong’s MIDI accordion. For those who don’t know the dances, their own caller, Ruth Ball, will explain all the steps and encourage the cautious to join in.

  • Price From £400
  • Services Ceremony music, dance music, entertainment, other
  • Styles Folk, other
  • Type Band
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More information about The Castle Band

  • What is included in the wedding package?
    The Castle Band provides your guests with a exceptional time in the evening of your wedding day. We also offer Northumbrian pipes to play during the ceremony
  • How far in advance should I contact you?
    You can book us up to 2 weeks prior to the wedding
  • Size of group:
    Small (2 - 3 musicians)
    Medium (4 - 6 musicians)
  • Repertoire:
    The band specialises in the very rhythmical jigs, reels and hornpipes and the tuneful slow airs and waltzes which feature in the traditional music of Northumberland and the Borders
  • Is it possible to request something that's not in the repertoire?
    Yes
  • Experience:
    The Castle Band has been playing at weddings and private functions for decades with different combinations. The musicians who now carry the name are some of the finest traditional musicians the NE has
  • Do you have your own equipment?
    Yes
  • Do you need specific materials or conditions to offer your service?
    No
  • Are you able to travel?
    Yes, tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Scottish Borders and North Yorkshire
  • Is there a charge for traveling?
    No
  • Do you cover more than one wedding a day?
    No
  • Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?
    Alone
  • What is the length of time of the act?
    Varies. Anywhere between 1 to 4 hours
  • How much time do you need to prepare for an act?
    We are practising and performing musicians
  • Do you do open-air acts?
    Yes
  • Do you charge per hour or per event?
    Per event
  • If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?
    Yes
  • How do you charge extra time?
    Negotiable
  • What are the forms of payment?
    Cheque, cash and BACS

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