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Thread #69533   Message #1180176
Posted By: GUEST,Charley
07-May-04 - 07:24 AM
Thread Name: Whapweasel (English Dance??)
Subject: RE: Whapweasel (English Dance??)
I guess we could ask what is a more important feature when defining an English Ceilidh band - a band playing trad English tunes in a 'traditional' style or one that plays music which is great to dance English ceilidh dances to? The tradition needs to evolve to stay alive, and as countess richard says they are part of today's scene. How far back into the past do we go to draw the line between trad and not trad? Although Whapweasel's material can't really be described as traditional English music, they play tunes that fit English dances well, and in my opinion they are one of the most danceable e-ceilidh bands around. The only problem with dancing to them (at festivals, at least) is that their ceilidhs are often so packed that there is not enough room to comfortably dance....