Tom & Annie’s Caravan Band is a New England Country Dance Band. We do Barn Dances, Old Time Country Dances, Kitchen Dances, and Contra Dances. All of which include Whole Set, Square, Circle, Contra dances and waltzes. Tom has been calling and leading these fun events for over 35 Years.
We are available for Dances, Performances, Church and Group Events, Parties, Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions. We provide a full service Musical Experience, and can do as much or as little as you wish, from Emcee and Dance Instruction to just background music. Our wedding ceremony music is often described as beautiful and lilting.
We play New England Fiddle tunes from the Scots-Irish, French Canadian, Cape Breton traditions, as well as Americana Country. These lively tunes, comprised of Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Airs and Waltzes form our basic repertoire.
Our instrumentation is varied. Often the fiddle is the lead instrument, with hammered dulcimer, and mandolin also picking out melodies. The driving rhythms and lilting melodies are accentuated by the solid background of guitar, piano, acoustic bass, or the bodhran, an Irish drum.
What Is A Country Barn Dance?
Country Barn Dances, were all the rage in the 1800’s. It is a form of North American folk dance in which the dancers form two sets of parallel lines which run the length of the hall.
Each dance is taught by the caller before it is danced. The caller continues to prompt the dancers as needed. Each dance consists of a sequence of moves that ends with couples having progressed one position up or down the set. As the sequence is repeated , a couple will eventually dance with every other couple in the set. The patterns of the dances usually gives each individual a chance to dance and meet each of the other dancers by the end of the night.
Because the pattern of moves of each Dance is repeated often, the dances are easy to learn. Both beginning and experienced dancers happily share the floor throughout the evening.
“Barn Dances” may consist of many different dance forms, Circle dances, Long ways or Whole set dances, Square dances, Contra dances, and Waltzes. All of which use the same dance moves just in different patterns and formations. At a “Square Dance” the caller will usually only call Squares. At a “Contra Dance” the caller will usually only call Contras. At a “Barn Dance” we do a little of everything.
What’s It Like?
Country Barn Dances, have a relaxed, family like atmosphere where the emphasis is on dancing and listening to a live band. For many dancers the live music is the great attraction. New England and American Old Timey traditional tunes comprised of reels, jigs, and hornpipes form the basic repertoire. Bluegrass, Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, and Cape Breton tunes are also played.
Barn Dancing is excellent aerobic exercise that you can take at your own pace. In a Barn Dance your feet are never asked to do more than walk to the music.
Above all, New England Barn Dancers are a community of friendly, active people and they welcome new dancers, from youngsters to seniors.
I Don’t Know How , I Don’t Have a Partner……
Come and listen to the melody of the fiddle, the ring of the mandolins and banjo, or better yet, get up and join in the fun of the dance. Don’t worry if you don’t know how, it’s easy and we teach each dance before we play it. At almost every Barn Dance you will find people at all skill levels, from beginners to experts willing to share.
New England Barn Dancers are a very open and welcoming group of people. You don’t have to come with a partner. It is customary to dance with a number of different partners. It is acceptable for either a man or a woman to ask someone they haven’t met before to dance. Dancing is a great way to make new friends
It’s Always A Fun Filled Happy Time!!!!!
Give us a call, you will be very happy you did. We specialize in making sure you and your guests have a fun, memorable time!