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England's Sharpest Ceilidh Band!

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About the Band

Threadneedle is an increasingly popular barn dance and ceilidh band based in Hertfordshire

Expect lively dance tunes which get your feet tapping from the moment we start playing, an experienced caller to lead you through the dances, and a style which engages with young and old.

To engage us for your event call Tim on 01923 264536 or e-mail Tim at this address


Our music is a well balanced mixture of traditional English, Irish, Scottish and American Old Time country dance tunes, some well known and others unique to our band.

The band's regular line up is

Lesley Brooks - recorders
Tim Brooks - fiddle
Chris Lawrance - mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass
Alan Spindler - guitar
Rick Eyres - string bass

We have no regular caller, but readily work with a number of local and nationally known callers, including: -

Alan Simpson
Martin Lindridge
Tim Rooke
Wendy Harrup
Aidan Hansell
Anna Park

Booking Enquiries

Threadneedle can be engaged by calling Tim Brooks at home on 01923 264536, or mobile 07769 215502, or e-mail me at the address shown above.

As well as band and caller, we bring a professional PA system, so we can be heard clearly (but not too loud!), and if required, stage lighting to help set the mood.

Where can we be seen?

We are currently taking bookings for the Autumn of 2016, and for 2017 and beyond details of public events will be published here as they become known!


Our Ceilidh Band / Barn Dance Band performs in Hertfordshire, Herts, Buckingham, Bucks, Bedfordshire, Beds, Bedford, Luton, Watford, St. Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Aylesbury, Stevenage, Amersham, Hertford, Ware, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Hitchin, Cheshunt, Rickmansworth, Barnet, Potters Bar, North West London, High Wycombe, Chesham, Leighton Buzzard, Abbots Langley, Kings Langley, Chipperfield, Amersham, Leverstock Green and further afield if asked nicely!

Why have we changed the band name?

In September 2016 The Gallows Hillbillies was relaunched as "Threadneedle".
There were two reasons for this. The band had arisen from an occasional scratch band named after a local road - Gallows Hill Lane. However we are now pretty much fixed in membership and style, and a bit more polished, and are looking further afield for bookings, so wanted a band name with a less parochial identity. There have also been some negative responses to the 'Gallows' part of the band name - it works as a local piece of humour, but needs to be explained to people from further away. The name 'Threadneedle' has a suggested link with the Bank of England, and hance a national identity, and also a similarity to the dance figure 'thread the needle'. Importantly too, we couldn't find any reference to another country dance band in the UK with this name - though there is a 'Celtic' band in Texas called 'Threadneedle Street'


Old Time Tim - back to my homepage

Haddenham Ceilidhs - Hold regular dances on the first Saturday of every month


Hatfield House - August 2016

* The Bury Volunteers

* The Star above the Garter/Merrily Kissed the Quaker

* Dennis Murphy's Slide

Rickmansworth - April 2015

* The Gaspe Reel

* Kenmuir's Up and Awa

* Off to California