Union Street Band to play at riding school

Union Street Band
Union Street Band

The Union Street Band will play a rare public event in the North West this Saturday, July 20th.

The Blackburn-based traditional dance band has been booked to play a ceilidh dance at Osbaldeston’s Horse Riding Centre in the Ribble Valley. The band will play tunes from their extensive repertoire of traditional English country dances as well as a selection of their own compositions.

The dances will be called by Southport funny man Roger Downing. The band, who are much sought after for weddings, birthdays and other celebrations, have a full diary for 2013 and already several bookings for 2014. In March this year, they travelled to Amman, Jordan to play four shows. Those in attendance included the Irish Consul Ramsey Khoury, Jordanian Royal Family member Princess Yasmine and the British Ambassador to Jordan Peter Millet.

The band’s repertoire includes a number of tunes originating here in the North West, some of which have not been played for over 100 years. Many of these have been researched by the band’s fiddle player, Julian Taylor, while studying for his Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University.

Guitarist Richard Moss will be familiar to many local musicians as a specialist member of the sales staff at Reidy’s Home of Music. Richard is also a member of Irish trad band Drop The Floor as well as a solo performer.

Bass player Seamus Heffernan owns Ribble Valley recording complex Shamrock Studio. He is Treasurer of the Blackburn Festival and is a folk music promoter.

The event will take place under the roof of the Equestrian Centre’s main arena, a space of 20,000 square feet. Other activities include a Bucking Bronco competition and a hog roast. The event runs from 7-30 pm to midnight and there will be licensed bar. Tickets are £12-50 and will be available on the door

Proceeds will be divided between the Friends of Balderstone School and the redecoration fund of St Leonard’s Church, Balderstone.