Traditional folk music, dance
and customs - Harrogate, North Yorkshire - Chas Marshall's Website
The Village Hop Band and Hop Back
The Village Hop Band
An experienced ceilidh band based around
lively traditional English dance music played on melodeon and anglo
concertina by Heather Hazell and Chas Marshall. This band has a
flexible line-up which includes musicians who play regularly together
in various bands and music sessions. In addition to melodeon and
concertina, the line-up can include piano, french horn, fiddle,
banjo, percussion, guitar, and recorder. This band can be engaged
either with, or without, the services of a caller for birthdays,
celebrations, weddings, barn dances, fund raising events etc.
Contact Heather Hazell
16 minutes of recordings made using our two main melody instruments
kindly recorded by Nick Barber
in 2010. The tunes include:
Louth Quickstep &
Trip to Brighton
Leadley Untitled Hornpipe & Manchester Hornpipe
East Boldon Jig & Anne Fraser MacKenzie
Bath Medley & The Ball
Sally Sloane's Mazurka
Bristol & Prince of Wales Nightcap
Village Hop Band with Dave Blight (bodhran), Nigel Swan (piano)
and Jan Porter (recorder) at Heatherdene Folk Dance Club, April
the Village Hop Band with Heather, Chas and Nick Barber (baritone
horn) at Heatherdene Folk Dance Club April 2008.
"One Night Band" - another line-up with Heather, Chas,
Paul Hudson (piano) and caller Barbara Bentley. This band was originally
formed to play for one night only at a fund raising ceilidh for
in 2008, but the arrangement worked so well that we have continued
to perform in spite the, now, inappropriate name!
the Village Hop Band with Nick Barber and Heather (melodeons),
Mary Barber (fiddle) and Chas (anglo concertina) in session at Stean
Cottage during March 2010.
the Village Hop Band with Paul Hudson (piano), Mike Johnson
(percussion), Carol Johnson and Heather Hazell (melodeons) and Chas
Marshall (anglo concertina). A live recording from the Clogfest
fund raising ceilidh at Gargrave Village Hall in November 2011.
Village Hop Band with Paul Hudson (piano), Mike Johnson (trombone),
Carol Johnson and Heather Hazell (melodeons) and Chas Marshall (anglo
concertina). A live recording from the Church in the Dale ceilidh
at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall in February 2013.
courtesy Sharon van Zelst
Mike and Jan
The year of 2008 was a busy
one for band activities and with our various line-ups we provided music
for 33 folk dance events. We especially enjoyed playing at our 3 local
folk dance clubs - Heatherdene
Folk Dance Club in Harrogate, Highside Folk Dance
Club in Galphay and Knaresborough Country
Dance Club. But there were a couple of highlights which were very
special - playing for the Clogfest
ceilidh at Cracoe Village Hall with caller Martin Harvey and for the Early
Dance Circle at Ashville College, with Diana Campbell calling.
In 2009 we continued to play
for our both folk local dance clubs and at many other events which totalled
30 performances for the year. Highlights included playing at Ryburn
Three Step Ceilidh at Waring Green Ceilidh with caller Gordon Wood
and Nick and Mary Barber. We also accompanied the Northern
Lights dancers at the Llangollen
Eisteddfod for International Youth Day where the team won first prize.
We played about at about 27
bookings during 2010 - unfortunately a couple were cancelled due to the
bad weather. One of the year's memorable gigs was in the Station Hall
at York's National Railway Museum
with a backdrop of a Battle of Britain class locomotive called the Winston
Churchill. Another was in the lovely wood-panelled library at Ripley
2011 saw the band playing at
30 different events. We especially enjoyed playing with Nick and Mary
Barber as guests at the Bradfield Traditional Music Weekend and we were
privileged to have the wonderful Sue Coe as our caller on a couple of
The band played at 27 events
during 2012. At the Clogfest Fund Raising ceilidh in November we had a
7 piece line-up including the Barber family (Nick, Mary and Sarah) and
the Johnsons (Mike and Carol).
2013 proved to be a another
busy year with the band playing at 37 different functions and events.
A most poignant moment of the year was JP's memorial ceilidh held, as
he requested, on the winter solstice.
We played at 26 events during
2014 which included another trip to the Llangollen Eisteddfod with Northern
Lights. The band played at 24 events
during 2015 and 21 events during 2016.
10th January 2021
Dance Club - this is a public event
Memorial Hall - private event
23rd April 2021
Hall, Pateley Bridge - private event
4th June 2021
Monkton - private event
Mike, Carol, Barbara, Paul,
Heather and Chas at Cracoe, 2016
Chas, Heather, Mary and Nick
at Stean Cottage, April 2009
The Village Hop Band
at the Wheel Easy
Ceilidh, 31 January 2009. Nick, Mary, Chas and Heather. "Many
thanks again for doing a great job to make the Ceilidh such a
success" - Malcolm and Gia.
At Chantry Hall, Bedale
on 14 November 2015
"If you weren't at the session
on Tuesday you missed a stonker, Chas, Heather, plus Nick and
Mary Barber were really blowing up a storm; enthusiastically encouraged
by a set of drunken conference-attendees who rolled up later in
the evening. What a powerful sound they made, the conference people
couldn't help but dance, and dance they did." - Ray Black,
23 July 2010.
"We would like to say a very
big thank you to you and the band for helping to make Saturday
night such a great evening. Marcus and I both thoroughly enjoyed
it and the girls had a fantastic time. They were totally exhausted
by the end of the evening but they would have danced all night
given half the chance and have told us it was the best party they
have ever ever been to great praise indeed I can assure
you. We have had several calls and text messages from people to
say what a brilliant evening it was and how much people had enjoyed
themselves and people have come up to me in the playground at
school today to say the same. We also had comments from the Sutton
Village Hall committee members who were staffing the bar for us
that the evening seemed to have a been a great success and it
was so nice to see everyone enjoying themselves." - Rachel
Copping, 11 October 2010.
"We had a wonderful party and
really enjoyed the music and the dancing." - Sarah Shaw,
17 October 2010.
"Many thanks to you and the
band for a splendid night on Saturday. It really was a super night
that Rita and everybody that attended really did enjoy. You really
did get everything right and it was much appreciated." -
Stuart Raggett 16
"A big thank you to you all
for another great evening. I have been in Pateley this afternoon
and received many appreciative remarks about the Ceilidh. Everyone
thoroughly enjoyed it and are saying they will come to the next
one!! I think it has definitely become an annual affair."
- Constance Hutchin 21 February
Just to say again a big thank you
for your wonderful music and calling on Saturday. We have had
such positive feedback from everyone who came who said that they
really enjoyed the dancing and had a wonderful evening. They all
said how much fun that they had all had.
Thanks for making it such a success.
Anna and Al Veitch 8
What a wonderful evening we had and
many thanks to you all for making it go with such a swing. We
have had many very complimentary comments re band, atmosphere
and food, everyone had a great time. It was wonderful to have
so many people (a record we think) and such an age range, from
2 to almost 90! Someone has already said "Book them for next
year!" so we will aim for a similar date in 2016!! In addition
to all that we raised a staggering £908.55 for Compassion
UK Harrogate 1000 project, so we are all delighted and the hard
work was worth it!
Many thanks again, Best wishes, Constance,
Church in the Dale, 1 Feb 2015
Fund raising ceilidh
for Clogfest at
St John's Church Hall, Bilton. November 2012
Nick, Mary, Chas,
Heather, Carol and Mike
Amid the dark wood
panelling in Ripley Castle
Library, October 2010.
Nick, Mary, Heather, Barabara
"So many people commented
on the music and dancing and how super you were - the caller was
great - and a good time was had by all!" Elizabeth and
Hop Back Jig
Heather and Chas previously
played with Harry and Gabi Scurfield as Hop Back Jig.
Listen to the band playing the Tip Top Polka and the Tip Top Hornpipe.
The band's name is a play on words inspired by both morris dancing and
brewing! A "hop back" step can be found in morris dancing
and the name "jig" refers to a show dance for one, or sometimes
two, morris dancers. In brewing a hop back is a device in which hot
wort is run through a bed of whole hops. This imparts hop aroma to the
beer and also acts as a filter clarifying the wort.
Heather Hazell (on melodeon)
previously played in two other Harrogate ceilidh bands - Fred Pigeon's
Polka Band and Laycock's Overdrive. Harry and Gabi also played in the
Otley-based, Cajun influenced band "Bayou
Gumbo". Gabi played fiddle and Harry was caller, doubling on
tuba and anglo concertina. Chas played anglo concertina or tenor banjo
and sometimes bass drum.
At Galphay Village Hall - 15 March
Outside Christ Church Hall, Harrogate