Having been around since the late 1970s the Higgledy Piggledy Band has acquired a vast experience in ceilidhs, barn dances, etc., – call them what you will.
Having started as a four piece band for a one-off gig they found themselves in demand at venues around their native Lincolnshire and eventually farther afield. From the early round of PTAs and charity fund-raising events, they have moved by way of major national folk festivals to a market that takes in weddings, anniversaries and corporate events.
Like any long-running band they have changed line-ups along the way, albeit infrequently, but without ever altering their commitment to providing the audience with every opportunity to enjoy itself and to share the fun of a Higgledy Piggledy ceilidh. They have acquired a wealth of experience enabling them to adapt to any audience and any situation and to play any type of ceilidh-related function.
Now electric fiddle-led (played by the virtuoso Rick Alliwell) abetted by the distinctive brass of Tim Walker, Sean South’s remarkable bass playing, Dan Swinburne’s drums and hugely experienced caller/guitar Tom Lane, they still play with a freshness that belies the vintage of the band. Their dances are straightforward enough to enable all ceilidh newcomers to participate fully, yet interesting enough for the experienced. In all the years the only thing that hasn’t changed is their philosophy of fun. They enjoy it and make sure that everyone else does too. So, enjoy it!