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Banter – a New Years’ Bash for Musicians

Friday 3 Jan 4pm — Sunday 5 Jan 4pm, 2020

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

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Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, activities):

  • £250 – single ensuite room
  • £215 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £215 – single non-ensuite room
  • £170 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £160

Non Resident (all meals except breakfast, and activities:)

  • £150

Join us for a New Years’ ‘get-together’ of music and dance for budding dance musicians. Led by members of the band ‘Banter’.  An opportunity to have a great deal of fun while learning how to play for dancers.

This is a new weekend at Halsway Manor covering topics including playing together, arranging tunes for dance, how to make people dance, and exploring rhythms and tempos. There will also be a few basic dance workshops for musicians to experience how it feels to dance – plus Tim’s medieval dance workshop, just for fun.

There will be a public gig on the Saturday night with special guests including Phil Beer (Show of Hands)

“A splendid disregard for musical boundaries, but with a respect for English traditional music” – Songlines – 4 star review

“Banter have opened a new chapter with their exciting take on basically English dance music” – Ashley Hutchings

Who’s it for?

This weekend is for all musicians including tune players, rhythm players and percussive players who are interested in playing for dancing. A basic repertoire of standard English dance tunes would be an advantage. Musicians playing by ear and by written music are both welcome.

The Team

In three years, Banter have become one of the best ceilidh bands in the UK. Drawing on influences such as The New Victory Dance Band, Flowers and Frolics, their modern take on traditional English dance music has been commended by the likes of Ashley Hutchings, John Spiers, Jack Rutter and Steve Knightley.

Banter are Simon Care (melodeon, concertina and vocals), Nina Zella (keyboards and vocals) and Tim Walker (drums, percussion, brass and dance calling). Together generate a huge sound and have been described as the worlds smallest big band. While Banter are rooted in English traditional music they incorporate influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band sounds.

They believe in having fun with music, so expect a very lively and happy weekend.