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Dance Callers

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Note: performers' locations / addresses indicate where they are based, not where they are prepared to play. Most tour all across, and outside of, the county. Entries are indexed alphabetically by name.

Most callers work with regular bands, but some are also available for "freelance" bookings with bands who don't have a resident caller, or whose usual caller is unavailable.



  • Peter Barnard
    Experienced dance caller and teacher. Particularly for English, French and Renaissance dances. Organiser of the AVID folk dances.
    North Lincolnshire
    1 Battle Green, Epworth,
    Doncaster DN9 1JT
    Telehone: 01427 873937
    Email: peter.barnard@me.com

Ros Batchelor
Skilled caller for ceilidhs and barn dances for celebrations, other special events and fund-raising, and also for American Contra and English Playford. Programmes devised with care for both inexperienced and more experienced dancers. Works regularly with York Ceilidh Club, Leeds Contra Club, Greensleeveless and other bands. Based in
York, but available for events across Yorkshire and beyond
Telephone: 01904 624216
Email: rosbatchelor@gmail.com
Website: http://www.yorkceilidhclub.org.uk/


Angi Beckett
Ceilidh/Barn Dance caller. Regular caller with Hessle Ceilidh Band. Weddings, birthdays, public barn dances and ceilidhs, folk dancing clubs.
Mobile: 07572226282
Email = angibeckett@hotmail.com


  • Ean Blair
    Highly experienced Caller and MC. Regular caller for Hayriders Ceilidh Band - based in
    Hull and East Yorkshire. Own PA and mic system. Available for Ceilidhs, Barn Dances, Parties. Dancing to suit all abilities especially those who've never danced before. Themed events catered for - eg Burn's, St Andrew's. St Patrick's. Guaranteed - an evening to remember.
    Telephone: 07768 492806
    Email: hayriders@gmail.com
    Website: http://hayriders.co.uk
  • John Brown
    Ceilidhs and barn dances. Regular caller for Sheffield CeilidhSoc.
    Sheffield, South Yorkshire
    Telephone: 07017418950
    Email: calling@ceilidhcalling.co.uk
    Website: http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/
  • Bob Carter
    Country dance, ceilidhs, barn dances, parties etc.
    Workshops in Country dance, Morris, Rapper, Longsword.
    Brookside Cottage, Forest Moor Road, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 8JY
    Telephone / Fax: 01423 863433
    Email: bjcarter@ntlworld.com
    See also workshops
  • Barry Evans
    Caller and teacher of all forms of social dance, including Playford, Pat Shaw, Running Set and American Squares and Contras.
    Workshops on all aspects of social dance, mainly for adults.
    Address: 51 Katrina Grove, Featherstone, West Yorkshire WF7 5LW
    Phone: 01977 792205
    Mobile: 07929 975692
    Email: evans.51@btinternet.com
    See also workshops
  • John Gray
    All types of dances. Regular caller with the Stair Heid Band and several other Northern bands. Own PA and radio mic system if required. Scottish, English, Irish and American material. Also experienced singer with TV and radio credits: guitar, banjo, mandolin accompaniment..
    Leeds, West Yorkshire
    Telephone: 0113 268 7414
    Email: Jgrayceilidh@aol.com
  • Al Green
    Dance caller & teacher since 1960. American hoe-downs, squares and contras, English barn dances and ceilidhs. Club caller for York Eclectic Squares, also frequent guest caller at Leeds Contra and York Ceilidh Clubs. Live or recorded music, fully licensed and insured. Almost anywhere or anytime.
    Contact: Al Green
    Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2RB
    Telephone: 01904 701133
    Email: al@dancing-without-a-care.me.uk
    Website: http://www.dancing-without-a-care.me.uk/
  • Nikki Hampson
    Ceilidhs and barn dances. Regular caller with Bedlam.
    Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
    Telephone: 01484 604704
    Email: bedlam@selwynmusic.co.uk
  • Jan Porter
    Janet calls dances and plays clarinet and recorder with The Polka Dots Country Dance Band’s new line-up : Heather Hazell on melodeon, Nigel Swan on keyboard and guitar, and Joy Crampton on concertina. 
    She is a regular caller for the Leeds Contra, which she co-founded along with others including Thomas Green more than 20-years ago
    The vintage-style Mrs Porter’s Ensemble includes old-time dances and music hall songs in its repertoire.
    Janet calls regularly for beginners at parties and weddings and also more advanced dances for clubs such as Heatherdene Folk Dance Club, in
    Harrogate, run by Bob Carter. 
    Her experience also includes many Day of Dance ceilidhs for children and adults, and regular Music Hall shows with songs including for YAMSEN - in
    Mobile: 07939 032224
    Email: jjanetporter789@gmail.comjjanetporter789@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.mrsporter.co.uk
  • Paul Young
    One man ceilidh band, calling and playing melodeon, solo or with a band. Full time professional, own PA. Lots of experience calling for all sorts of crowds from complete beginners to club dancers. Also happy to work as a caller for other bands. Live videos on my website.
    Mobile: 07776122746
    Email: paulyoungfolk@live.co.uk
    Website: http://www.paulyoungfolk.co.uk




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