The New Oxford Barn Dance Band
Welcome to the web pages for Traction, the dance band. From
here, you can find out about:
Why form another ceilidh band?
1) Because it's fun! We love dancing and we love playing for dancing. The
four of us have been playing together in various combinations at sessions,
in scratch bands, deputising in other people's dance bands, and at folk
clubs, for many years. After one such evening, we decided we'd get organised,
and do it ouselves.
2) Because we want to do it properly. On the one hand, there are some
very loud bands with full drum kit that are basically rock groups with
a melodeon instead of a second electric guitar; great in a big festival
venue, but can be overpowering in the village halls and schools where most
such dances are held. On the other hand, there are those genteel bands
who are very easy on the ears, but don't quite have the verve and rhythmic
energy required for a "good bop". Imagine a band with the pulse and drive
of a folk-rock band, but with a little more finesse, and fewer decibels
- that's us!
Our core repertoire is English traditional, but we range pretty widely
through Irish, Scots, French, North American and Scandinavian tunes, as
well as contemporary things by the likes of Andy Cutting and John Kirkpatrick
(and even members of the band!)
The first place where all four of us first played together was the Sunday
evening English session that used to be held at The Machine Man Inn at
Long Wittenham. The inn sign was a picture of a man with a traction engine.
When the pub changed hands, the session moved (to Steventon). We thought
we'd like a name that preserved, indirectly, our link with the pub.
We will soon be providing some samples of our music - do come back soon!
For bookings and other information, contact
e-mail: Traction at steamage.co.uk
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40 St. Giles,
phone: +44 (0)1869 350703
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this page updated 8/4/2002