Skylarking News and Ceilidhs pages.

Here we will post information about the band, forthcoming events of interest and any other stuff.

Keeping everything crossed, Skylarking Ceilidh Band hope to be joining the parishioners of Hethel All Saints on Saturday 26th June at 7pm for a ceilidh as part of their weekend of "For the Beauty of the Earth" - a midsummer weekend of celebration.

For more details about whole weekend see their website and for tickets to any of the events over the weekend, including our Ceilidh, see HERE.  

 

Mardles.org is a super online magazine based in East Anglia with a wealth of information and guides as to what's going on in the region on all things Folk related.  In July 2020, band member Sarah contributed to an article on recorders which you can read here.

 

We will be contacting all of those who have booked Skylarking Ceilidh Band in 2020 over the coming weeks.  For those who have already paid upfront a deposit, you will be the first people on our list to be in contact with.   We are very happy to work with you in these worrying times and are happy to discuss re scheduling or returning deposits. 

 

2020 was looking like a busy year for Skylarking Ceilidh Band.  We've had a super busy start to the year regarding bookings - so far only one public ceilidh for you to come and dance with us to but plenty of private bookings for 40th, 50th and 60th birthdays, 50th Wedding Anniversaries and weddings and well as a church community event.

February 22nd 2020 - Private party, Ipswich

March 6th 2020 - Private party, Bury st Edmunds

April 11th 2020 - Private party, Bury st Edmunds POSTPONED

June 20th 2020 - Community church event, Norwich 2021 June 26th

June 27th 2020 - Community event, Lackford POSTPONED

July 18th 2020 - Wedding anniversary, Colchester 2021 July 17th

July 25th 2020 - Wedding reception, Ipswich CANCELLED

August 1st 2020 - Wedding reception, Ely 2021 July 31st

September 12th 2020 - Wedding anniversary, Bury St Edmunds CANCELLED

September 19th 2020 - Wedding reception, Tring CANCELLED

Pakenham Water Mill on Sunday 13th September 1pm (music not dancing) where we annually perform at their delightful Traditional Crafts Day Sunday 5th September 2021

Mendlesham Harvest Ceilidh on Saturday 3rd October 7.30pm (tickets include Harvest Supper 01449 766563/07890 199232) CANCELLED

October 24th 2020 Drinkstone Village Hall Public TBC

 

Like so many other musicians and artists during Lockdown, we've been determined to make music despite being unable early on to meet to play together. So from the outset, we agreed to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and do a spot of recording.

Steve got the ball rolling by sending Alex the mp3 versions of the drum tracks for 4 of our favourite shortened dance tunes by email.  Computer on, headphones on, phone ready to record, eyes closed.  What could possibly go wrong?  With the handy ability to remove herself from reality and head into daydream land, the backing track very easily created a gig setting. And so, though not in reality, Sarah's tooting of melodies and Steve's squeezing of the counter harmonies and bass were dancing about in the headspace, with the drums in the ears the harmonies flowed.

The recordings were then emailed back to Steve who mixed the drums with the fiddle, took out some (but not all) squeaks and then he set up the phone and recorded the counter melodies into his phone.

Sarah, who had been knee deep in school work provision throughout Lockdown then was the final piece in the jigsaw and at the start of the school summer holidays, Steve was able to pull everything together.  

Obviously, it's not perfect, but we're pleased with what we've achieved so we're sharing it on the website.  Where there's a will, there's a way.  You can hear the results of our Lockdown Project here

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