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Dance Caller

I work as a dance caller for ceilidhs and barn dances, so if you are organising an event, whether it be a party to celebrate a birthday or wedding, a pta, church or village dance, a festival or corporate event, please do get in touch. I have recently moved from Nottingham to Somerset, so I mainly work in the East Midlands and the South West, but am available to travel anywhere in the country.

I generally like to keep dances simple and fun, with a mixture of traditional dances and some I have composed myself, so that people of all abilities can enjoy dancing together. As well as English Ceilidh and barn dance classics, I also enjoy Scottish style dances, so can provide a Scottish themed dance too if required.

Phil calling for a barn dance with Bellows, Scratchitt and Pluckitt.

As well as calling dances I have also been playing percussion for many years with The Bang On The Wall Band. I am also very much involved in Morris dancing, and can provide more formal workshops and instruction at various levels. Please get in touch for more details.


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Ceilidh and Barn Dances
I have written a number of dances some of which I use when calling for ceilidhs and barn dances. I love dances that are fairly simple but great fun to do, but occasionally I get an idea for a more complex dance.
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Barn Dance and Ceilidh
I play percussion and tin whistle with The Bang On The Wall Band. I also work as a dance caller for barn dances and ceilidhs, usually with other bands, but sometimes with Bang On The Wall.
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The Bang On The Wall Band
The Bang On The Wall Band is a barn dance and ceilidh band based in the East Midlands. Martin Wildig and I formed the band in 1997 after the previous band (The ACME Dance Company) that we both played in folded. The band works with a number of different dance callers. Our main regular caller for many years was Laz Gilbert, but nowadays I usually call the dances myself.
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Morris Dancing
I have been bagman, squire and foreman for Anstey Morrismen, and foreman for Sergeant Musgraves Dance. I also occasionally dance with The Bunnies From Hell. My first side though was, and still is The Hinckley Plough Bullockers.
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Dance Tuition and Workshops
I have been foreman (dance teacher and choreographer) for Sergeant Musgraves Dance and Anstey Morrismen and have taught dances for The Bunnies From Hell. I have led workshops at Chippenham Folk Festival, Folk East Festival, Barefoot Festival and Nottingham World Music Festival. I also ran classes in morris and folk dancing at Deda dance studios in Derby.
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Phil Preen Contact Details
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