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The Vice Bishops Ceili Band Logo

The Vice-Bishops Ceili Band is a flexible five or six piece band , that plays dance music, mainly from the English folk tradition, and is the ideal band for your wedding, party or ‘barn dance’, coming complete with caller. Multi-instrumentalists Dave and Fred, started playing music for country dancing back in the 70s as part of OAKAPPLE country dance band, which played all over the Midlands, including a certain evening at the NEC Fire Station, where during a dance, a bell interrupted the proceedings and all the menfolk disappeared down a pole, leaving the ladies to their own devices!

Please note : our repertoire can also include American square dances, various European dances, Rock’n’roll, Rhythm & Blues and Zydeco, if so desired, as band members also operate as the Zydeco Hot Rods

Dave Blant: keyboards / accordion / bass guitar

Fred Hopwood: drums / percussion / whistle / harmonica

Pete Oakley: guitars

Alan Squires: melodeon / mandolin / brass

Ben Blant: bass guitar / fiddle

Callers: Pete Cole. Colin Higgs, Norman Cooke or Steve Share