This is the website of the Well Dressed Band. We are a community band based in the Peak District and we play for ceilidhs and barn dances in the local area including South Yorkshire. The band also gives an opportunity for aspiring folk musicians to learn to play for dances in a friendly atmosphere.
The Band in Lockdown
During the lockdown for Covid19 the band have had to find other ways to practise. On Tuesday evenings, when we would normally meet to practise, we have been having a virtual practice via Zoom. It is not possible to play along on Zoom, because of the inbuilt delay, but we have been muting our sound and playing along at home, either to a lead player or a recording of the band. Another way of hearing other band members has been to create virtual recordings. A master track is created and circulated. Band members then record themselves playing along to it. All the recordings are then collated to create the final full band recording. The response from band members has been amazing. Not only have we created some great music but it has been a valuable learning opportunity for people to listen to themselves playing.
The aim is to record five sets, which will form the basis of a virtual ceilidh. Watch this space for more information about this.
We have created four virtual recordings so far: 1 Fiery Clockface and St Georges Day Jigs, 2 West Leyden and Peek-a-Boo Waltzes, 3 Australian Polkas, 4 Buttered Peas. The video below shows band members playing along to the waltzes at the practice on 9th June.