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.
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.
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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
Pegler 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 Gloucester Citizenabout
the tump's name...
Halloween barn dance many years ago, we were billed as "The Things From The Burial Mound".
See the poster
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 -