Traditional English music from the foothills of the Pennines
The Barley Cote Band is a three piece ceilidh/barn dance band based in West Yorkshire. We are the perfect band for your birthday party, wedding, village social event or party that involves people of any age dancing and having fun.
Chris Partington fiddle
Mary Humphreys keyboard
Photo: Sue Coe
The Barley Cote Band was newly formed in 2018, but we all have over 30 years of
of playing for ceilidhs in other bands for both local events (parties,
anniversaries etc.) and at public ceilidhs and folk festivals all over the
Our music is mostly English and chosen through extensive research into
traditional English dance tunes. Our tunes and speeds are carefully chosen to fit the dances perfectly and to get you on your feet and dancing!
We usually work with a caller who guides you through the dances, and we'll
provide a caller (we have worked with many) or work with a caller of your choice.
A smaller version of the band is also available, consisting of Mary and
Anahata playing as a duo. (formerly Four
The "Barley Cote Big Band" with the addition of John Adams will be playing for the Ryburn 3 Step 2023 New Year's Eve ceilidh and a Lancashire clog dance weekend in February 2024.
“With three such vastly experienced musicians, the music was always going
to be good. It is well known in ceilidh circles that dancers don’t register
the tunes they are dancing to (unless they are awful.) Well, the Barley Cote
Band were so good, I can remember only one set of tunes, Bill Hall’s One and
Two which were played for the Holmfirth Square. Their selection of tunes and
the pace were perfect and they kept us dancing right to the end at 10:30.”