Banjacs – Barn Dance and Folk Band

Banjacs are a lively barn dance and folk band, based in North Worcestershire,  playing exciting and entertaining music, always great to dance or listen to.

The Band

Dei Perks playing piano accordion and Keith Perks playing banjo or mandolin are the core of Banjacs.

We play as a duo but also regularly as a larger 3 or 4 piece band. The full band is led by Dei on accordion, with Keith on banjo, Allan Porter playing fiddle or mandolin and Gaynor Butler guitar, and we can also add a bass player for a large event.  We are all very accomplished and experienced musicians and combine to create really excellent dance music.

Most of our work is within Worcestershire and the West Midlands but we are very happy to travel further afield if requested.

The Music  -   Listen to a sample track here -     sample track 

CD also available upon request. 

 

Banjacs with Allan at St George's hall Bewdley

Banjacs with Allan

We have an exciting repertoire of barn dance and ceilidh music, jigs, reels, hornpipes,and slow waltz, a mixture of English, American, Irish and Scottish tunes, plus all the regulars Cumberland square eight, Gay Gordons etc, always played with energy and bounce and guaranteed to get your feet tapping and everyone onto the dance floor.

 

Roger leading the dance

 

The Caller

We work with several excellent local callers who are experienced at working with all levels of ability from complete beginners to experienced club dancers. Our regular callers include ,Gaynor from the band, Alan Ferguson, Eve Evans and Roger Middleton.  Having a choice of callers enables us to get the best caller for the occasion.

Folk Band

When performing as a folk band Keith is our main vocalist, with Gay and Allan adding their excellent voices to the mix. Our eclectic repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs from many different folk genres includes old time American, country and bluegrass style numbers and a wide repertoire of Irish music and songs including all the favourites, Fields of Athenry, Wild Rover, Whiskey in the Jar etc, always lively and entertaining.

The  Occasion

Great fun for any informal social event, barn dances and ceilidhs are great for getting everyone mixing and always create an enjoyable atmosphere even if you’re just a spectator. No previous experience is required as the caller will always walk you through the moves of the dance first.

We have provided barn dances and performed for weddings, numerous birthday and anniversary celebrations, club, school, church and corporate events, charity fund raisers, New Year’s eve and St Patrick’s celebrations. We are particularly good for an American Hoe Down or Irish themed event.

We play regularly for the Sytchampton Folk Dance Club and run our own music session at The Swan Hotel in Stourport on Severn, but can also be found playing in a number of local pubs!!

Cost

Banjacs are a very versatile band and can offer a variety of entertainment options with a flexibility in price that enables us to accommodate most budgets. The final cost will depend on the size of band you would like and what and where the event is and also which caller we use.  As a duo we are perhaps more suited to a smaller event but we are equally happy to provide a larger 3, 4 or 5 piece band  for that big occasion.

Bookings

Book Banjacs for your event and you are assured a lively, professional performance tailored to your special occasion with the emphasis always on fun.

For further information and to discuss your requirements please contact Keith and Dei.

                      Phone:  01299 823037 or 07790259019

                      E mail:  deirdre.perks@btopenworld.com

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