The Cartwheelers

Allow us to introduce the members of the Cartwheel Ceilidh band. We use a number of callers depending on location availability. They are all equally experienced and friendly. When we're discussing your event, we'll be very happy to put you in direct communication with the caller should you wish.


The band can be hired in a very flexible lineup with lots of different option. If you're not sure, we can advise.


2 musicians + caller = Musicians: 1) fiddle / stomp + 2) guitar / mandola / bass pedals. This is a great lineup for small to medium venues. People often say this sounds like a bigger band.

3 musicians + caller = Musicians: 1) fiddle + 2) guitar / mandola / bass pedals + 3) drummer or accordion to beef up the rhythm section or pipes.

4 musicians + caller = Musicians: 1) fiddle + 2) guitar / mandola / bass pedals + 3) drummer or accordion to beef up the rhythm section 4) additional fiddle or pipes to thicken up the melody section.


Caller The Caller

A Barn Dance or Ceildh caller is a crucial element of the lineup. A good caller simply makes the event. Callers can vary and without a caller who is attentive to everyones' abilities; who is kind, considerate and good humoured and who knows the dances inside out, an evening can be a dissapointment.


We work with different callers depending on the location and availability. Without putting too fine a point on it, they are all top notch. They've tens of years and hundreds of gigs worth of experience. We frequently get comments about how the caller has made a party a success. See our testimonials!


Dances which feature in all our callers' repertoire are: 'The Gay Gordons', the 'Dashing White Sergent', the 'Cumberland Square Eight' and of course, 'Strip the Willow'.


If you have a specific dance you'd like to make sure we do, please let us know and our caller will liaise with you and make every effort to include it.

Pat Randall

Patrick (Guitars, bass, mandolin, mandola)

Having played guitar, bass and mandolin for longer than he cares to admit, Patrick is a competent player and musician. He has worked with various bands and artists and played at diverse venues including Glastonbury 2009.   Patrick’s playing adds driving, innovative but subtle rhythms and harmonies to the band’s overall sound – helping to create the suspense and build up in each dance that gets dancers clapping and whooping with excitement.  Patrick plays a number of instruments which adds variety to each tune and dance - all limbs working at once to play guitar and bass pedals.  An experienced sound engineer, Patrick also makes sure there's an added quality to the music out front. Patrick has a BA Hons in Performing Arts (Music)

Iona Hassan

Iona (Fiddle)

Iona has been on the fiddle since she was 6 years old! Having been immersed in the Scottish traditional music scene from a very young age she was a prize winner in many of the fiddle festivals and fiddle society competitions through her school years and performed with her sister, Sharon, throughout her childhood and years at college.  She studied viola at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama gaining a BA and PGDipMus in 2002 before heading south of the border to take up an orchestral viola job with the Southbank Sinfonia in London. 

Having intended to stay for ‘just the one year’ before returning to her native Scotland she managed to stumble across the amazing county of Wiltshire and liked it so much that this is where she has stayed!  Iona is also in demand as a violin/viola teacher and runs Super Strings East, based at Marlborough College, where she coaches young string players to play in orchestras and develop their skills, often introducing the aspiring young musicians to get involved in playing folk music along the way.  


Verity (fiddle)

Having expressed a wish to play the oboe, Verity’s parents bought her a cello. An acute case, no doubt, of selective mishearing. After her dad then made her three cellos (well two and a half actually), her fate was sealed. Steaming through the grades, she went on to study music at Dartington College of Arts and York University before the lure of earning a decent wage dragged her away from the practice room. For a few years, as the cello gathered dust, Verity became preoccupied with listening to a vast array of music from all over the world, before coming back to the traditional music of her own country. With a desire to learn glorious English tunes by ear (in as many real ale houses as possible), Verity taught herself the fiddle. What a pain in the neck that was.


Brian (Drums, percussion)

Brian's early playing experiences were with post-punk 'new wave' bands, progressing through heavy rock, folk, pop and a stint with the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra before his college education blew the horizons wide open.

Since then he has performed and recorded with pit orchestras, folk groups, jazz combos, rock bands, world music groups, solo artists, you name it...

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