We are a barn dance ceilidh band providing live music of a
traditional nature, for dancing or listening, presented in a lively and
As Tony modestly puts it: "HPT has positive drive and strong
rhythmic pulse, an excellent sense of timing, and a feel for harmony and
The band was formed in 1976 by Tony and Caroline Gibbons.
Over the years HPT has had many members. Some have come and gone, but
Tony, Caroline and Hamish form the basis of the band, with Phil Rush
joining us on fiddle from time to time.
Our music is mainly English, Irish, Scottish, and American country dance
tunes. European tunes are included, as are many in the Playford and Early
Music styles. Occasionally, vocal refrains are added.
specialising in the Playford
and Early Music
traditional Irish Céilí dance music, it has to be the
We just wanted to say what a brilliant time everyone had at the barn dance.
We have been asked for your name by several people, so hopefully we have given you some trade!
You played an excellent set and I hope you enjoyed the evening too.
We all loved it and greatly appreciated the band and caller going on even longer than planned.
The choice of tunes & dances, the lively playing and stamina of the musicians and subtle management
by the caller of an increasingly boisterous crowd were appreciated by all and made a wonderfully enjoyable & memorable evening.
It was the first 'proper' ceilidh experience for most of the English, Irish, Welsh & Australians (!) there,
and they made a point of thanking us for the ceilidh in particular,
and swore they'd have to have a ceilidh for their major celebrations in future!
Ceilidh veterans loved the musicality and variety of instrumental combos, and we oldies particularly valued the volume - which was perfect -
loud enough to encourage everyone folk to take the floor, but not so loud that we couldn't converse easily.
Thank you so much.
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A Tump is the
Gloucestershire word for a barrow or burial mound
Our one is near Dursley, Glos (map); it's
also known as Uley Long Barrow.
Here's a bigger map from Streetmap
is either - the local name for a witch, or, more likely, the
person who once owned the land on which the tump stands.
Here's an article that appeared in the
about the tump's name...
For a Halloween barn dance many years ago, we were billed as "The Things From The Burial Mound".
See the poster
Read about the real
thing. Try this
link as well
Bedford wrote a piece of music called "Hetty Pegler's Tump"
for barn dances. Some are public dances, many are private parties, quite a
few are wedding receptions.
A typical venue will be a hall - village, church, hotel, school,
sports&social club, or university campus.
Sometimes it's a marquee in the back garden of a house or a pub.
We've been able to play in some really special places -
dances we work with established callers
from across the area who lead the merry-makers through each dance.
we play just for listening in pubs, such as the Gardeners Arms (Alderton), during
Cheltenham Gold Cup week.
successive appearances at the annual Tibberton & Taynton flower show.
consecutive years for the “Forum for the Future” annual meeting.
docks for the naming ceremony of the pilot cutter “Morwenna”.
Document Date: 28 January 2014