Traditional folk music, dance and customs - Harrogate, North Yorkshire - Chas Marshall's Website

The Stean Cottage Band

The Stean Cottage Band an occasional mini band for ceilidhs and concerts with just three musicians - Nick Barber, Mary Barber and Chas Marshall. Mary plays violin, Chas plays anglo concertina and Nick plays melodeon and horn (but not necessarily at the same time!). For ceilidhs we generally try to secure the services of Ryburn 3 Step's wonderful dance caller and step dancer Sue Coe. The band, and its name, arose out of traditional music sessions held in Stean and Harrogate.

We play dance music from North Yorkshire and anywhere else we can find it - including in Nick's head! Here are some video recordings on Youtube taken at the How Stean Gorge Folk Night in January 2014 and at Harrogate Tourist Information Centre on Yorkshire Day..

For more details contact Nick and Mary on

Mary, Chas, Nick and Sue at Austwick Community Hall - 4th May 2014 - photo John Leech Wedding Photography


Thank you Stean Cottage Band!

Good evening Nick, Mary, Chas and Sue,

So I am finally getting around to sorting out my thank yous from the wedding and I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you ever so much for the absolutely fantastic ceilidh you guys did for us for our wedding. You were a lovely band, exactly how I pictured it and you guys were brilliant. The music was wonderful and the calling was spot on – perfect explanations and brilliant at getting people up and dancing. I've been to a few ceilidh's and I've got to say you guys are one of the best I've seen. I'll definitely be keeping you in mind for future events. It was a pleasure to have you at our wedding, it was absolutely fab and I just wanted to say – THANK YOU!!

I wish you all the best for the future. Kind regards, Dominique

Thanks you very much for a superb evening, a good time was had by all!! Thank you for your expertise, your music but most of all for your patience, it was a fabulous event which hopefully will be repeated!! Thanks again. Joy x

Some of the events at which we have recently played, or are due to play, include:

1st August 2013: Yorkshire Day promotion and celebration at Harrogate Tourist Information Centre:

Mary, Chas and Nick at Harrogate Tourist Information Centre for Yorkshire Day

14 February 2014: Birthday Party Ceilidh at the Bar Room Bar in Leeds with caller Sue Coe.

25 January 2014: How Stean Gorge Folk Night - raising money for Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association.

4 May 2014: Middlesmoor Updale Day playing outside the Crown Hotel, augmented by Andy and Adrian

4 May 2014: Wedding Ceilidh at Austwick with caller Sue Coe

28 August 2014: Wedding Ceilidh at the Charles Bathurst Inn, Arkengarthdale with caller Dave Blight

6 September 2014: Lofthouse and Middlesmoor Band centenary

17 October 2014: Ceilidh in Horbury for the Junior School

14 February 2015: Square Chapel fund raising ceilidh, Halifax

21 March 2015: How Stean Gorge Folk Night - raising money for Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association.

26 February 2016: Ceilidh at Horbury WMC

21 January 2019: Heatherdene Folk Dance Club

23rd January 2020: Heatherdene Folk Dance Club

21st February 2021: Heatherdene Folk Dance Club

13th February 2023: Heatherdene Folk Dance Club

17th March 2023: Tees Valley Ceilidhs

Now what tune shall we play next? Austwick Community Hall - 4th May 2014 - photo John Leech Wedding Photography

Heatherdene Folk Dance Club on Monday 21 January 2019

"Many thanks for your efforts - the music sounded really good" - from Bob Carter.