2012 and still playing every Thursday night at Dan's Hall and often at dances, markets, garden parties and fundraisers in Victoria and on Mayne Island. To our delight, the band has expanded to include Lael Whitehead (recorder, percussion). As you can see, we now have two CDs - our second CD, More From Dan's Hall, just finished recently.
The story of The Dancehall Players started at Dan's Hall, attached to a 19th century farmhouse in Victoria. There, in 2001, regular Thursday evening English Country dances were established and live music was part of this venture from the beginning. At first, only Ann on piano and Dan on fiddle and mandolin were the house musicians, joined by visiting musical friends. Then Gregory (flute, guitar) and Susan (violin, recorder), Karen (cello), and finally Keith (violin) joined the group. We began playing more regularly together at the Thursday workshops and expanding our ECD repertoire. Finally The Dancehall Players emerged as a cohesive group and for the last 9 years or so, we have played for the Victoria English Dance Balls, the Mayne Island Ball, and periodically some of us are invited to join local musicians in Vancouver. Always great fun and always live - and preferably acoustic!!