SPINACH FOR NORMAN is a long-established West Country folk band. We’ve been fuelling ceilidhs, barn-dances, weddings and all kinds of celebrations with jigs, reels and heart-broken airs for years. And we’re proud to say that almost every booking has followed a recommendation from a satisfied customer.
Unless you only want background or listening music, SPINACH comes with a caller to teach and lead the dances. Our regular caller is PAM HAYES. She’s hugely popular, great with adults, children, experienced and inexperienced dancers alike. She’ll add some dances from around the world into the mix if you want her to, and she can even call in French.
Martin Henning• Nov. 5, 2017
"Referring to your request for testimonials about Spinach For Norman's performances please find below some quotes:
1. Wow! What a spectacular evening you gave us. our guests are all converted ceilidh fans - a lot of them had never tried one before and they absolutely loved it. I'm sure you felt the atmosphere too - such joy and celebration was a real high for everyone.
Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and time. We will never forget the magic you created for us - thank you so much.
2. We would like to say a massive and sincere THANK YOU to you all for playing and calling at our wedding at Dartington. We both had such, such good fun - it was my most enjoyable part of the day, and every time I looked around on the dance floor everyone I saw had a massive grin on their (sweaty!) faces. Quite a few non-dancers even got up a few times, so you must have had quite an effect on them!
I hope that we'll be able to come along to one of your dances again soon, or perhaps organize one for our friends and family at some point in the future.
3. I would like to start by saying that we can't recommend this band highly enough. They played at our wedding in June this year. Not only are they a group of extremely talented musicians but they are very friendly and helpful as well. The quality of music is excellent and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.
My family are Greek, so at the wedding, during the band's break, we thought we would play a CD of some Greek music and dance to it. We couldn't get the CD to work but the band had figured out the tune, so, during their break they played it for us. which was just amazing. We are still so thankful to them!
Natasha and I would like to thank you personally for how amazing you were that night and for making the night so personal and memorable for us. Thank you!"
- Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:We play mainly English, Irish & Scottish traditional dance musics so we can give you a mixed bag or a themed all-Scottish / Irish / English set. All of the band have been involved in other kinds of music, so we can add some French, American and even Transylvanian flavours if you’d like us to
- What are the highlights of your career?Playing for community events in the French Alps and Normandy and in all sorts of venues all around the UK.
- What is your competitive advantage (special features)?Our sound is an all string sound and we are able tyo play themed evenings such as St, Patricks nights (Irish music), Burns nights (Scottish music), Jewish events (Barmitzvahs etc,)
- What kind of events do you usually serve?Mainly Private functions such as weddings and community events such as festivals and community ceilidhs.
- Who are your previous clients?Wedding clients, Community organisations such as Town Twinning Associations, Folk Festivals, Folk Dance Clubs etc.
- How long do you play for?Normally 2 x 90 minute sets. More or less by arrangement.
- Do you have your own PA and lighting?Yes
- Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?Yes to both. Public liability insurance to £6,000,000 through the Musicians Union
- How much space do you require?5m x 3m minimum as a rule of thumb.
- My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?Our tunes are traditional folk dance tunes UK,Irish,European (East and West including Yiddish), American, - too numerous to list really. We will be happy to play tunes in that genre by arrangement.
- How many breaks do you take? How long are they?We would normally play 1hour - 90minute sets with a 15 minute break in between.
We play mainly English, Irish & Scottish traditional dance musics so we can give you a mixed bag or a themed all-Scottish / Irish / English set. All of the band have been involved in other kinds of music, so we can add some French, American and even Transylvanian flavours if you’d like us to