Four Hand Band

Mary Humphreys and Anahata play ceilidhs as a duo

Anahata, melodeon Anahata
mary Humphreys, electric piano Mary Humphreys
electric piano

A Small Ceilidh Band in West Yorkshire

We are now Barley Cote Band

In 2019 we formed a trio with Chris Partington and called it the Barley Cote Band. We are now also using the same name for the two of us playing as a duo. This web site will remain until the domain expires in April 2023, but please use the Barley Cote Band web site to keep in touch.
From 2001 to 2019 Mary Humphreys and Anahata have been well known for their festival and folk club performances of traditional English song and tunes. They have retired from regular song performances but still play ceilidhs as part of Barley Cote Band with fiddler Chris Partington, English Rebellion with Nick and Mary Barber and until 2019, Cambridge-based Fendragon.

For smaller dances (and not necessarily all that small...) Mary and Anahata are a perfectly good band by themselves. They have their own PA system and will provide a caller or work with the caller of your choice. Their music is the product of years of research looking for good English tunes that are perfect for this type of dancing. They play with joyful, bouncy energy, tunes that were designed to get you on your feet and your feet off the floor!

Their performance on Saturday combined a solid danceable rhythm with inventive lines around a range of well-chosen ceilidh tunes. - Steve Jones, Ryburn 3 Step, February 2019.


For booking enquiries


Phone 01535 501017