The Mad Hatters

The Mad Hatters are a ceilidh and concert band with a unique blend of musicians and guest musicians from both classical and folk music backgrounds. Two members of the band have had orchestral links, and other band members have a strong folk music base having played at clubs and festivals for song and dance over many years. Three of the band members have considerable involvement with Cotswold morris dancing and perform regularly with Icknield Way Morris Men. The musical line-up comprises cello and guitar with two multi-musicians playing melodeon, accordion, concertina, fiddle, recorder and mandolins. For concerts the band adds percussion and is joined by guest singer Sharyn Salwowski. The band’s repertoire is similarly broad with music taken from editions of John Playford’s ‘Dancing Master’, the Thomas Hardy family manuscripts, and Thurlough O’Carolan, as well as modern day folk music and country dance composers. They have played for ceilidhs at Cecil Sharp House, The Conway Hall, Knebworth, and Universities and Colleges. They are happy to play for any sort of event including concerts, barn dances, weddings, birthdays, parties, fund raising events, etc. and can vary the band size or line up according to the function. The bands CD “Cakes & Capers” featuring a selection from the wide range of music played is available from the band or from the contact below.

The Mad Hatters performed on: