YFARegional Directory:

Dance Bands

Yorkshire Folk Arts Logo



Patrons: Norma Waterson MBE & Kate Rusby



promoting folk arts through partnership




Navigation icon: melodeon player


  Directory Index

  Entry Forms



  Local Traditions

  About Y.F.A.

  Contact Y.F.A. 






gradiant fill


Dance Callers


Every effort is made to keep information up to date. The number at the end of each entry indicates the month / year that it was last checked. If the entry is yours and it's more than a year old please email us at yfa@folk-now.co.uk to confirm it is still up to date or to tell us of any changes.

Click Here To Get Yourself Listed

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
    Jan Porter calls and plays for The Polka Dots Country Dance Band with Nigel Swan and Roy Hardacre. They play regularly for weddings, parties and other private events and for dance clubs Jan also calls for the Leeds Contra Dances in Headingley.
    Mrs Porter’s Ensemble, plays for private parties and dance clubs and with Joy Crampton they also perform Music Hall and old time singalongs for private bookings and at Mrs Porter’s Sunday Ceilidhs at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton.
    West Yorkshire
    Telephone: O113 2562778
    Mobile: 07939 032224
    Email: jntprtr@aol.com
    Website: http://www.mrsporter.co.uk
  • Paul Young
    Regular caller with The New Fox Band, and working with several others, organiser of York Last Sunday ceilidhs, available to call free lance or supply a band. Own PA system and microphones as required, also plays melodeon, fiddle, guitar.
    Mobile: 07776122746
    Email: paulyoungfolk@live.co.uk
    Website: http://www.facebook.com/paulyoungfolk




Directory Index   Home   Top of page