The Bash Street Band

Established 1993

Ceilidhs for all occasions

'I am planning another barn dance ... we would not consider using any other band.' Carole

'Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so special.' Rob and Jane

'You were all utterly superb! We were very impressed, bowled over by your skills as musicians, callers and people organisers - just excellent.' Charlotte

The Bash Street Band photographed by Don Stazicker (https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/don-stazicker/)

The Bash Street Band is based in Sheffield, England. We play traditional dance music, mostly celtic style, for ceilidhs at weddings, parties, universities, schools, fund-raisers and gatherings of all sorts.

The band members are Sally Gay on flutes and recorder, Steve Brook or Geof Trend on guitar, Jon Scaife on fiddle, cittern and banjo and Joyce Scaife, our dance caller and MC. We're joined on occasions by our friends Tim Fearon on flute, Charlie Smallwood on whistles, Brian Gilmer on guitar, and Clive Opie on fiddle.

At our dances there are usually some people who've done some ceilidh dancing before and a majority who don't know quite what to expect. That's where Joyce, our caller, comes in. She sorts out the galloping from the promenading and the stripping-the-willow from the dipping-and-diving. No previous dancing experience is required!

The second Bash Street Band album, Another Hard Day at the Office, is now available.

Between us we've appeared on over a dozen albums and played music throughout England, and in the USA, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Singapore. Jon has also recorded with the New England band Gypsy Reel and with singers Judy Dunlop and Bob Bray.

To listen to our music, you're welcome to download a track from our first album, Beats Work!

Listen to The Bash Street Band for free: ... download the first track from Beats Work!

... and also excerpts from the second album: The Anemone reel and a slow air.

Here we are on YouTube playing between dances; and on YouTube again, sound checking before an outdoor ceilidh.

We use a high quality sound system with Bose speakers and we're happy to play as quietly or loudly as you like. We are PAT certified and PL insured.

For bookings and further information about The Bash Street Band, Gypsy Reel, Jon Scaife and Judy Dunlop and Jon Scaife and Bob Bray: phone 0745 4747147 or e-mail:   j.a.scaife@sheffield.ac.uk

What they've said about us

The quotes below are all unsolicited and are from feedback in emails, letters, cards or reviews about our dances and albums. They're in date order.

Dances

2017

Could you please thank the whole band for me. Everyone said how good they were. You all helped make the night a huge success and I'll definitely recommend you to friends.(Carol, Wath)

Thanks for giving us such an excellent evening (James, Edale)

Our sincere thanks for playing last Friday at Bradfield. Can we please book for 2018? (Pauline, Bradfield)

The students had such a brilliant time ... and the feedback was so positive - thank you (Cath, Sheffield)

Thanks again for a splendid set at the picnic. (Johnny, Butterton)

Thanks so much for last night. You and the band were fabulous and everyone had a super time. Most of my family have never been to an event like that, and they all loved getting up and having a go (Maria, Hasland)

Just a line to say thank you again to you all. We had a great night and so many people commented how good the caller and band were. (Mary, Romily)

Thank you for being a great band yet again. (Diana, Stockport)

A massive thank you for playing at our wedding! We loved every minute of the dancing (Emily, Ilam)

2016

what a superb group of players you are ... An absolutely marvellous evening. (James, Ashford in the Water)

Please pass on our thanks to all your band members for the wonderful music and entertainment you provided for my 70th birthday party on Saturday. Everyone, young and old, had a fabulous time and it was great to see all my family and friends up on the dance floor having a good laugh. The music was superb and I will be heartily recommending you for future events. (Paul, Thurgoland)

I just wanted to thank you all for helping the party go so well. The music was great and everyone enjoyed themselves. Please also thank the caller for us ... She was very patient with us all and made the event very enjoyable. (Sue, Mickleover)

I'm just writing to say a very big thank you to you and your band for making Saturday night such a success. We have received fantastic comments about your band and your wife doing such a great job helping us all!!! (Dawn, Dronfield)

Thank you all very much for a wonderful evening of music and dance. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. What talented individuals and a great group. Thank you to Joyce who was, as you promised, patient and clear. I’m glad so many people took part. It was grand. (Jane, Sheffield)

Thanks for the wonderful playing and calling (Anne-marie, Chesterfield)

2015

A huge thank you for making yesterday's event so good. It was great fun and the music and calling were top class, as ever. Several people remarked to me that this was the first ceilidh they'd ever been to, and clearly were up for more (Belinda, North Ferriby)

Thanks so much for such a wonderful and entertaining evening... It was lovely to see students joining in, especially those who I wouldn't have necessarily expected to! (Rachael, Sheffield)

Thank you so much for a fantastic night you guys were absolutely amazing (especially Joyce), I would recommend 100% and can’t wait to organize another party. (Joanne, Harthill)

Sold out and waiting list for tickets. You are getting famous. (Pauline, Bradfield)

I just wanted to say thank you for doing such a brilliant job at our wedding. Everyone absolutely loved it, from the youngest to the oldest, which considering that was a range of not far off 90 years, is pretty cool;) I have had lots of comments from very musical folks about how great the technical and musical side of it was too. And Joyce's organisation of everyone was great. Thanks so much for doing such a quietly professional job, hope we'll be in touch again for some more dancing :) (Hannah and Robin, Cawthorne)

A big thanks to you and your friends for a wonderful night on Saturday. People left very tired and very happy!! (Allen H, Hathersage)

The first ever social gathering we had as a cohort was a Ceilidh where you performed ... It was absolutely brilliant and we would love to have you play at our wedding (Sarah, Helmsley)

Thank you all for making my husband's 40th so memorable. Everyone had a brilliant evening. (Liz, Sparrowpit)

Many thanks for last night - a number of our friends remarked on how fantastic you all were and we can only agree - you were great and the evening would not have been the same with anyone else. The evening has raised about £700 + gift aid - so well worth the organising... (Nik & Jayne, Hasland)

   

2014

A wonderful weekend brought to a great conclusion by the band on Saturday night. We are very grateful to you for a ceilidh that was so well run and enjoyed by everyone. The band was great ... calling was clear, concise and easy to follow. All in all just a big thank you to the Bash Street Band for a memorable event. (Peter, wedding, Sturton-le-Steeple)

Thank you very much for bringing the Bash Street Band all the way to Edale on Saturday. Everyone had a great time and were mightily impressed with the band and the calling. You got the tone of the event just right, and the audience, many of them musicians, have since commented to me how much they admired your playing and repertoire. (James, Edale Harvest Supper)

We got such great feedback from our Ceilidh party last new years eve that we have decided to do it all again this year. Can you tell me if Bash Street band are available again? (Jonathan, 'Spice Yorkshire', Sheffield)

Thank you so much for your wonderful contribution to what, everyone agrees, was a perfect celebration. Your expertise and kind flexibility meant the ceilidh was a brilliant success and all our guests really enjoyed the evening. This is borne out by the photographs we have seen so far which include some great action shots of dancing! We really appreciated all you did to ensure that Ellen and Graeme really had a party to remember. With many thanks and very best wishes. (John and Liz, Cutlers' Hall, Sheffield)

I just wanted to say thanks so much to you, the rest of band and Joyce. You were all absolutely amazing and lots of the guests said how much they enjoyed it!! (Becca, Wortley Hall wedding)

The bash street band performed a charity barn dance last year which I organised for the Alzheimer's society. It was a huge success and we raised over £600 that night. I wondered if the band would be around to perform again as you really made the event last year. (Katie, Coal Aston)

Thanks to you all for a wonderful evening - a lot of happy people at the end of the night! (Allen, Rotary Club, Hathersage)

We thought you were fantastic on Saturday night - you fitted the bill perfectly. The number of people dancing was testament to your success. Many thanks for some great music and dances and for giving us such a good price. We made £857 ... thank you and we will look forward to dancing with you again (Paul and Irene, Sheffield, fund-raising ceilidh)

Just a brief note to say thanks for a lovely evening on Saturday. Everyone, to a man thoroughly enjoyed the ceilidh! I am sure there were plenty of guests with aching muscles on Sunday ... our paths will cross again if the number of enquiries from friends about the band is anything to go by. (Barbara, Doncaster)

2013

On behalf of St Nicholas Church, I wish to thank you and your entire band for a fantastic night yesterday. We have booked the Hall again for ... 2014 so we hope ... you are available! (Pauline and Glenis, Bradfield)

I want to say a big thank you for your performance at my birthday party. It was fantastic and really made the night special. (Anne, Harrogate)

Thanks for the music. It was a lovely afternoon. (Phil, Bretton Youth Hostel)

Thanks for putting on a good do for us on Saturday. It went very well ... we really enjoyed the music as ever. (Steve, Holymoorside)

Roger and I would like to record our thanks for your playing last Saturday; we all thoroughly enjoyed the night, as we knew we would! We had nothing but great comments from our guests. Thanks also to Joyce for her wonderful calling and patience with us when we didn’t listen carefully enough! We will not hesitate to recommend you to others looking for a great night. Thanks again. (Diane, Greystones)

2012

Many thanks to you and the band for a great night on Friday. Had some really good comments about the musicians and of course the caller! (Carole, Ossett)

Many thanks to the whole of the band for a great evening. Post event feedback was that folk had a wonderful time [merely confirms the obvious!!]. Allen (Rotary ceilidh, Hathersage) [Have a look at a report with pictures from the dance here.]

Thank you very much for helping to make Saturday's party such a success. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Have had loads of requests about you and have given out quite a few of your cards.Thank you all, Janet (18th birthday, Sheffield)

I just wanted to thank you all ever so much for a wonderful ceilidh evening. We weren't sure if my mum, who was in a wheelchair, could be included in the dancing but with the help of Joyce she was and she loved it. Some comments from my friends have been: "the band is too good to be just a ceilidh band"; "Joyce was so patient and clear"; "he said he wasn't going to dance, but then he got up for every dance"; "can't wait to go to another one"; "it was a brilliant night, thank you so much"; "I was laughing all night”. Somebody asked me the price and how that compared to others, I said I had no idea about price comparison as I hadn't checked other prices, I knew I wanted the Bash Street Band. Anne (birthday, Sheffield)

Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so special. We appreciate all of the organising that you did ... We had such a great day and we know all of our family and friends thoroughly enjoyed themseles. Rob and Jane (Sheffield)

Many thanks for last night you were fantastic! You made our day. David & Mandy (wedding, York)

Thanks to you all for such great music and entertainment on Saturday!! As usual. Carole (Sheffield)

Jerry and I just wanted to give a big thanks to you and the band for playing such brilliant music on sat night. An equally big thanks to Joyce for her expert calling which got everyone on the dance floor, we really appreciated it. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will strongly recommend you to anyone who needs a Ceilidh. Annette (Sheffield)

2011

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Hope Valley thank you for providing such a wonderful entertainment on Saturday. There was a wonderful buzz about the hall, the dancing was great fun and your musicianship a joy - we have had lots of very positive comments. Allen (Hathersage)

A big thankyou to you and the band for a super evening. We managed to make £200 towards the upkeep of St Nicholas church. Pauline (Bradfield)

Thanks for Friday - everyone had a great time. Natalie (BBC Radio Sheffield staff party)

Thank you for a fantastic experience. Joyce was brilliant :) Hope to see your band performing again soon! Adele (wedding, Sheffield)

Just to say a big thank you to you both and the band for playing at our wedding. We were so impressed and you made us and our guests feel really relaxed - everyone really enjoyed themselves! The music and calling were just superb - thank you so much! We’ve already been recommending you to others, and will continue to do so! Louise and James (wedding, Sheffield)

Just a quick email to you all to thank you for a fantastic night on saturday everybody said how great it was and one person (who needs cheering up after not the best year) said they hadn't had so much fun in years. Rachel (Doncaster)

Steve and I both wanted to thank you and The Bash Street Band for a wonderful night on Saturday at The Kenwood. The music itself was excellent and enjoyed by all and clearly everyone loved the ceilidh dancing. Thanks particularly to Joyce for her patience and clear explanations of what to do. It was fantastic that all of our guests got involved from the youngest, aged 5 to the eldest aged 80! I shall certainly recommend you to anyone requiring a ceilidh band in future. Kylie and Steve (wedding, Sheffield)

2010

Thanks to the band for a great party. Chris T (Sheffield)

Thank you once again for a very successful evening of music ... I was so proud to tell those who were new to this evening that your were 'our' band. James K (Taddington)

Just a short note to say thank you very, very much for an excellent party on Friday. Everyone said how much they enjoyed the dancing. Jerry and Wendy W (Sheffield)

Many many thanks to all the group - a superb night was had by all. I sincerely hope we can do this again. Christine (Sheffield)

Thank you very very much for a wonderful evening of music by the band. Everyone enjoyed it immensely. We will definitely book you again if ever we need a band. Cath (Chesterfield)

Just a quick note to say thanks very much for your excellent performance on 3rd April. Everyone said they had a great time, even some dance phobics. We have raised about £1,200 for the two charities and a good night out too. Simon and Joanne (Chesterfield)

A huge thank you for putting on such a fabulous barn dance at our wedding. Beth and Ben (Hassop Hall)

2009

A big thank you to you and the band for your input to the wedding. It was great and we've had e-mails and cards from people saying the same. They loved the music *and* the dancing. Verity (Sheffield)

Thank you for making my birthday Ceilidh so enjoyable. You managed, as always, to get it just right for the mix of people at the party. The young children loved it, the teenagers thought it was cool and the non dancers enjoyed the music! Pat C. (Leicestershire)

Just wanted to say another thank you to you and the other band members for helping to make my mum's 90th a night to remember - she was still buzzing on Monday! Great comments on the band - one chap said it was the best night he'd had, and he'd never danced like that in his life! We'll have to think of another occasion to celebrate. Pauline (Mexborough)

Rob and I are so grateful to you all for helping to make our party on Saturday such a happy occasion. We were thrilled with the way so many people really enjoyed the dancing - due both to Joyce's capable and friendly instructions and to the high quality of the music. Jenny and Rob (Stannington)

Thank you and the band for a brilliant night on Saturday. A number of people made a point of finding me on Sunday to say how much they'd enjoyed the evening. Eric (Sheffield)

Huge thanks for your input to my birthday 'do' ... The Bash Street Band (music and Joyce's calling) was fantastic. Jon A (Sheffield)

The ceilidh playing and dancing on Saturday was such fun. Thank you for adding the essential dimension to Bride, Groom and guests' fun. We all loved it and Joyce was exceptional, and so patient. If we'd have known how our people had taken to it you would have been here all night. MC (Whirlowbrook Hall wedding)

Huge thank you for an excellent evening. Lots of great feedback and a very enjoyable evening all round. Best wishes, Andrew, on behalf of the PTA (Sheffield)

2008

We have received very positive feed back about the band, from everyone who came to the ceilidh on Friday night. I now fear that next year's will be a sell out even earlier! Anne M (Ossett)

We have had lots of really enthusiastic comments about the ceilidh - thank you. Gayle A (Holymoorside)

I went to a Ceilidh on Saturday night, and saw an excellent band, playing decent music at an acceptable volume, with a caller who knew what she was doing, and coped well with a mixed group of mainly inexperienced dancers. John (Holymoorside) www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=116067&messages=4

Thank you all for a wonderful evening ... people have commented (glowingly) on the quality of the music ... a brilliant event. I'm already being asked when the next one is. Eric H (Banner Cross)

I just wanted to say a quick thank you to your band on Saturday. We all had a wonderful time and you exceeded our expectations wonderfully! I'll be sure to recommend you to others in the future. Charlotte R (21st birthday, Sheffield)

The band put on a great night for us last September at Hallam Community Hall and I would like to book you all again please for this September. Carole M.

Thank you so much for Friday night - you were all utterly superb! We were very impressed, bowled over by your skills as musicians, callers and people organisers - just excellent... we have ended up raising a fair amount of money that will help pay for new children's benches for the playground. The music was just beautiful. Charlotte P. (Dronfield)

   

2007 and before

The evening went just as we'd hoped, with lots of fine music and fun dancing. Jan C.

Thank you so much for Friday, it was a really good night and everyone had a great time. Naomi S.

Thanks very much for playing at our wedding. You have helped to make the day really special. Gavin and Jo

Our thanks to the extremely talented Bash Street Band who provided the evening's entertainment. Reports are that all had a fantastic time. The event also raised a very healthy £500 for the school. Westways School.

Your band was recommended as doing an excellent ceilidh and we were wondering whether you would be available to play at our wedding reception. Jenny P.

Mary and I thoroughtly enjoyed your band at Molly and John's wedding ... thank Joyce for her wonderful calling - a good caller makes all the difference. Thanks again for making the wedding such a pleasure for us. Rod H.

Myself and everyone from Eastwood Ward would like to say thanks for a lovely night. Tania S, party.

Everyone said how much they enjoyed the evening and there were many compliments regarding the band. Judith W, wedding.

A big thank you for making my Dad's party such a success. Laura K

Just to say thank you again for the wonderful music ... many people had never been to a ceilidh before but they were truly converted!! We had a lovely day which was rounded off by your band. Richard and Pam, wedding.

We are really looking forward to the 22nd as will all the rest of the people who came last time. Our friends and relations still mention the Band and the great night everyone had 18 months ago so it will be great to tell them all to get into training for another night of entertainment and exercise!. Alan W, party.

Thank you so much for a great evening. Everyone said how much they enjoyed the music, dancing and the caller. Steve and Helen J, birthday party.

The Barn Dance was great and lots of students were amazed at the brilliance of the band. Margaret R, student dance.

We all thought you were terrific ... perfect in every way! Sue K, family gathering.

The music was excellent and thank you for your expert calling ... everyone was singing your praises. Diane W, school staff party.

Thank you for the great music you provided. We had a great time and have received lots of comments about how good the band were. Steve G, wedding.

The night was great ... it was a fundraiser and we managed to raise £620. Kathryn P.

You were FANTASTIC!!! Everyone said that you hit the right spot as regards volume, tempo etc ... brilliant to dance to. Lorraine H, staff party.

Everyone I've spoken to remarked on how good the music was, so thanks again. Pauline Y, party.

A big thank you for your contribution to our daughter's naming ceremony. Martin, Paula, Louis and Isabel.

I have had lots of phone calls saying what a good night it was ... thank you very much for being such a good caller with an excellent band. Margaret F, party.

We raised £269 for Brain Tumour Research. It was a wonderful night. Stephanie A.

The music sounded wonderful and all I've spoken to had a brilliant evening. Things couldn't have been better. Mr and Mrs R H, wedding.

The band and your calling were as expected superb and flawless. David and Marjorie M.

Outstanding - a memorable success - many thanks for all the joys you bring us with the band Bob P, Sorby Hall, Sheffield

Thanks for a truly entertaining night - we all had a ball. Paul D, Royal Society of Chemistry conference

A really good night was had by all. Wonderful music and calling. Sir Harold Jackson School PTA dance

Thank you so much - I appreciated the flexibility of the band - I'd like a copy of 'Beats Work!' Fenella N.

Thanks for playing such great music and putting up with a bunch of two-left-footed drunkards! We had an ace time. Ann and John B, wedding

Wanted to thank you for the wonderful performance you gave at our wedding. Julie and Mike.

A huge thank you. Everyone had a fabulous time. Carfield School PTA dance

Second album: 'Another Hard Day at the Office'

Your CD is excellent and we're very impressed with the tunes you've written or arranged yourself. Rod and Mary H.

The Bash Street Band are capable of producing a listening set that will stand comparison with any... Thoroughly recommended. Review of The Bash Street Band's second album, 'Another Hard Day at the Office', Malcolm Douglas, Stirrings magazine.

Thanks BIG TIME for the CD... Brilliant. Haunting. Mike P.

Great CD! Steve G.

First album: 'Beats Work!'

Tunes played with style, showing the band as you would hear them live ... the memory of a good night out which this band is guaranteed to have given. Review of The Bash Street Band's first album, 'Beats Work!', Trevor Sommers, Stirrings magazine.

I think it's excellent! Sarah D, having bought 'Beats Work!'

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All quotes above are unsolicited and are from feedback in emails, letters or reviews about our dances or albums

In praise of country dancing

'In these difficult times, it is more important than ever to remember what makes for a happy life. Naturally work and financial security are important. But the top influences are community, exercise, listening to music and doing things in a group. These are the top four predictors of contentment. Counterintuitively, perhaps, they are all found together in country dancing. … the effect of all that twirling with family and friends while responding to the music produces a sense of wellbeing hard to replicate in any other single activity.'

From The Guardian, 30th January 2009 (guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jan/30/country-dancing)