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Swallowtail

Swallowtail

Dan Stewart (guitar, banjo, mandolin, whistles, fiddle)
Sarah Tadros (fiddle, mandolin)

We are a brother and sister duo and have been playing folk music together since childhood. Over the years we’ve accumulated a large repertoire of music from Scotland, Ireland, America, England and Wales, along with many many Eastern European and Medieval tunes.

We play for barn dances/ceilidhs/hoedowns with a range of experienced callers who can lead a wide range of dances for all ages and abilities. We also play music simply for listening to or as background music.

We create a full sound as a duo, however if you would like a larger band we also play with Dave Arthur who is a superb musician playing melodeon, banjo, guitar, bodhran and other percussion. We also play with James Asher who is one of the very best drummers around for folk music, and Danny Goring who provides a driving and often funky bass!

We play all over the South East and are happy to travel outside this where travel costs are met. We can also provide a full PA. As a member of the Musicians’ union we have full public liability insurance.

Please get in touch if you are interested in booking us. We’re happy to talk through any requirements or questions you might have.

Click here for a sound sample of Swallowtail with Dave Arthur on melodeon, or see the Recordings section for more.

 

Previous bookings include:

  • Weddings, parties, fayres….
  • Playing for dancers as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Battersea Park, London – Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation
  • Playing for dance workshops in schools and at the Tunbridge Wells Mela – West Kent Arts Partnership

 

Testimonials:

“… We just wanted to thank you again for last night’s ceilidh. Everyone had such a good time and we especially enjoyed it and would happily do it all again!

Our son, who had never been to a barn dance before, couldn’t believe how good it was and said he wished it had gone on for several more hours!

So, thanks again, to you and to Swallowtail for a wonderful evening- we will be recommending you to everyone we know!…” – Mr and Mrs Mellerick, London