Twin Arts Barn Dance Band

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  Chris Hamblin                                Caller :: Vivienne Hamblin

Twin Arts Barn Dance Band
calls dances to traditional  music, including reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, waltzes. Dances include Stately Dance Forms, Circles, Lines, Farandoles, Waltzes, Polkas and, if needed, some simple dances more aimed at children.
Special arrangements of "First Dances" can be made for Weddings with Country Dances.

Vivienne Hamblin :: Caller
Calls dances which come from the folk tradition that aim to 
celebrate community with the joy of dance. She is a choreographer and dance teacher and  was the founding director of Dance People in Zimbabwe in 1989.  In UK since 2002 she has been teaching dance in schools and more recently with "Moving Words" a project based at Chisenhale Dance Studio in Tower Hamlets.

Chris Hamblin :: Fiddle, Mandolin, & Bodhran
A fiddle player with a driving Celtic style, who has featured as a soloist in Celtic Music Festivals throughout Italy, touring Switzerland, Spain with Gruppo Folkloriquo Whisky Trail, he even appeared as part of an art installation in Milan & Zurich.
Chris has created many scores and live performances for contemporary dance and in 1989 was a founder member in Zimbabwe of the Elastic Band, a band praised in the Harare International Festival of the Arts 2000 for their "devastating violin music!!". Since 2002 he has lived in St Leonards-on-Sea and has built a thriving music teaching practice there. Celtic String Band was formed in 2003 with Guitarist Adrian Underhill and he plays with The Good Squeeze and Irish music sessions at Royal Oak, Whatlington.  Currently playing with an ultra celtic band  called Fiddle Pipe & Drum,  featuring the spell-binding sounds of Uillean Piper Ian Graham with Charlie Gask on Bodhran, also Tolka Polkas a group featuring Paul Dengate (Guitar) Jo Barnes (Flute) & Charlie Gask.

Twin Arts Barn Dance Band provides a small group of excellent musicians from the Hastings area who share a common repertory of tunes for dance, led by Chris Hamblin, an MU member with Public Liability Insurance and a Yamaha PA with a current PAT certificate.

As performers, we aim to provide professional entertainers who will work to your agenda, rather than their own. Please call/email us with your event details :: date, time, venue, how many people, special requests,  and we will get back to you with some ideas.

Tel :: +44(0)1424 421 372 or email

I have to say we had a blast!!! So much fun was had by all and Chris, Viv and the band were absolutely awesome.....a real triumph!" Peter ( private event for near Sevenoaks, Kent )

... "thank you ever so much for coming over and playing for us on Saturday. We all really enjoyed the Barn Dance and have already planned to do it again later on this year." AnnaKaisa (private event in  Pirbright, Surrey)

"We have had lots of thank you calls, texts and emails today from friends and family who were here last night and they have all mentioned the band and the dancing and what a great time they had. Thank you all so much, again - you were great.  Please pass on our thanks to Viv, Ian and Charlie. I do hope we will be have the excuse to be in touch again soon. Very best wishes",  Abi (private event, Speldhurst, Kent)

...."a splendid evening - everything Fiona and I could have hoped for, and we've had many comments over the last couple of weeks from our guests saying how much they enjoyed the evening too". John ( private wedding event, Hayling Island)

Barn Dances, Ceilidhs, Country Dances
Caller/musician plus CDs & full sound system                                      345.00
Caller/musician plus musician and CDs & full sound system              495.00
Caller/musician, two other musicians & full sound system        655.00
(the most popular choice)
Caller/musician, three other musicians & full sound system                845.00 

 Contact for booking details Tel :: +44(0)1424 421 372 or email