A Hundred Pipers & The New Rigged Ship
McShane's Polka & Maggie in the Wood
Jig Runrig & Haste to the Wedding
Wake Up Susan
Uncle Bernard's Polka and Jenny Lind
& barn dance band
Irish, Scottish, English and American Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Strathspeys and other musical forms
The Rhythm Chaps are a Ceilidh and Barn Dance Band established over 35 years ago. We play English, Irish and American tunes and call a variety of fun dances at weddings, parties and a wide variety of social and corporate events.
A trio featuring high standards of musicianship, comprising a fiddler, a banjo/mandolin player and a keyboard player (dances are explained and called by our amazing multitasking lead instrumentalists).
South Yorkshire based, but The Rhythm Chaps frequently play for events in West Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire. One of the most experienced and versatile bands around so a great night is guaranteed.
Photo shows the band on a Scottish themed night. We also specialise in Burns Suppers where we play all Scottish music, sing Scottish songs and even address the Haggis!
We can also offer Irish, English or American themed nights where all the dances and songs are from those countries. Please ring or email for a quote.
Chris formally worked for Barnsley Music Service as Curriculum Development Officer and is now a freelance musician and instrumental teacher.
Chris plays tenor banjo, mandolin, tenor guitar and also explains and calls all the dances. All of the dances that Chris calls will be easy and fun to do.
Dave first encountered traditional song and dance music at Keele University, and learned to play tin whistle and piano accordion under the direction of musicians who played for the university’s folk dance society. Upon graduation he returned to his first instrument, the piano, and worked with various Ceilidh bands in the South Yorkshire area before becoming one of the founder members of the Rhythm Chaps.
Martin (fiddle, guitar, banjo) has toured extensively throughout Britain and Europe with his bands Skyhook and Caravanserai. A keen performer of Scottish dance music he has played fiddle and called in numerous ceilidh bands over the years. Alongside his performing career Martin is a very active music workshop leader and trainer working with Music in the Round, Sheffield City Council, York University and countless community settings.
Thank you so much for coming to play at our wedding at Barnby Moor in April. We had a really wonderful time and, judging by reports, so did our guests. That is certainly due, in no small part, to you, and we’ll be recommending the Rhythm Chaps at every opportunity!
Colin and Rebecca
Dear Rhythm Chaps,
I’m writing to say thank you for the brilliant job you did at B and E’s birthday ceilidh. We all had a great time! Thanks too to your caller who was also excellent. I’m sorry that we picked the hottest day of the year – hope it didn’t take too long to cool off!
We will recommend you to everyone,
Best wishes, Hazel