Comments for Cotswold.....
Play for the dancers not for yourself. Watch them at all times.
Don't be afraid to vary the pace to encourage lift.
What you leave out of a tune can be as important as what you put in.
Avoid large groups of musicians unless they are well practised and know what they are trying to achieve - lowest common denominator kicks in otherwise.
Percussion (especially drums) should be avoided unless played well. Percussion is often provided by non-musicians. An unvarying beat is more suited to North West. A random beat is deadly for averyone.
If you can, be a dancer as well (even if it is just at practises) - you will then understand what you are trying to achieve in your music.
Lastly, enjoy yourself!!!!
Richard Ashe - Great Western Morris