Contemporary and historical
Last updated on Sunday, June 16, 2013.
Bangers and Mash started playing together in 1994, and have been performing music for English country and historical couple dancing ever since. We're regulars at events for PEERS (the Period Events and Entertainment Recreation Society) as well as for BACDS (the Bay Area Country Dance Society).
We've done a number of formal balls, as well as playing for innumerable dance series. For twelve years now we've performed at Fezziwig's Warehouse, the community dance stage of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco. We also play weddings, parties and private dances, of course. Feel free to use the links in the photo caption to contact any of us for more information about the band's availability...
The Period Events and Entertainment Re-Creation Society has the wonderful tradition of producing an annual thank-you event in the charming Lincoln Park in Alameda. There's no admission, all are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, and enjoy couple and set dancing afterwards. This event recreates an artistic outing set in the last half of the 19th century. As always with PEERS, period or formal wear is "admired, not required," (and that applies to the food of the period as well). All dances are taught. The picnic is always lots of fun, the dancing is spirited, and many vintage items not appropriate for a concert hall (ranging from vehicles to parasols) make their appearance every August. For further details, please see the event webpage on the PEERS site.
An evening ball set in the British Raj - we'll be staying in the British camp, musically, but this promises to be a dazzling evening in terms of dress as well as dance. As always with PEERS, period or formal wear is "admired, not required." For more information, consult the event webpage on the PEERS site.
Steampunk and Oktoberfest! (Laserhosen?) This is the third PEERS Steampunktoberfest we've been booked for, and the concept is a great one. Wonderful costumes, with waltzes, polkas, a few set dances, perhaps even some zwiefache. Once again, period or formal wear is "admired, not required." More information about this event is on the event webpage on the PEERS site.
This is the 20th anniversary of PEERS' gala bash honoring the age-old love of dance. It features two floors of dancing, and we'll be in the upstairs ballroom playing haunting waltzes, as well as four centuries' worth of dance tunes, ranging from country dances of the 1600s to modern show tunes--for our guests who've been around considerably longer than that! This is the most elegant event that PEERS puts on, with costuming from the medieval to modern, but as always, period costume is "admired but not required". For more information, see PEERS' website.
We're honored to be the featured band for the Bay Area Country Dance Society's annual fall celebration of English country dance. We'll be joined by Los Angeles&endash;area caller Annie Laskey, who will also teach a workshop reviewing all the dances from 2:30 to 5pm that day. Generally dances for this event are prompted but there's no walk-through beforehand, so it pays to know the dance before the evening. Annie is putting the final touches on the program, dance titles will posted shortly to the event website.
Our first CD was released in 2002, and is a 24-cut collection of our favorite country and couple dances, recorded in real time and at dance length before a live audience. The tunes range from Playford tunes of the 1650s to recently composed waltzes. We named "Breakfast at Fezziwig's" in honor of our friends at the Dickens Fair. It's out of print right now, but we'll be reissuing it soon. Check out the Breakfast at Fezziwig's webpage for a tracklist.
Our second CD was released in 2010, and is a collection of longer pieces (only 17 cuts). Still more of our favorite country and couple dances, recorded in real time and at dance length. This one has many of the our favorite ballroom standards, as well as a few choice recently-composed waltzes. For more information, including notes on the album, check out the webpage.
We're available to play weddings, private dances and dinners, or grand public spectacles. While none of us are dancing masters, we are well acquainted with the Bay Area's best, and can help you find the right teacher for your party. Or we can play hours of soothing music for dinners, wedding receptions, or office parties. Our email links are above, or you can call Craig at 415/282-1110.
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--Bangers & Mash