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The English Country Dance Band

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Time of Your Life is an English Country Dance Band based in the Herts., Beds. area, with a vast amount of experience of playing E-Ceilidhs and barn dances for all sorts of dancers from beginners to the very experienced.


A five-piece band (melodeon, flute, guitar, bass & drums) with a lively, exciting style of playing, Time of Your Life plays tunes for dancing from within the English tradition, as well as tunes composed in the traditional style by band members, Barry Goodman and Graeme Meek.


The band has been working since 1984, and has travelled as far afield as Yorkshire, Herefordshire (The Putley Ceilidhs), Norfolk & Kent.


As well as playing in the band, Barry Goodman also acts as caller, quickly making novice audiences feel relaxed and confident with his clear but relaxed style of teaching the dances. Experienced English Ceilidh dancers also enjoy Barry’s choice of familiar and unusual dances in the English traditional style.









Ø      Castagnari Tommy D/G Melodeon

Ø      Caller


A writer of dances and tunes and a founder member of Time of Your Life, Barry is well-known as a caller, musician, dancer and singer. Barry is a member of Redbornstoke Morris and half of the song duo Life and Times together with Graeme Meek. He has been a musician for the innovative Outside Capering Crew, performing at major festivals including Sidmouth, Chippenham, Warwick and Towersey, He has also been an MC at Sidmouth, Chippenham, Towersey, Cheltenham and Shepley Festivals.


Active in folk song and dance since the early 1970s, Barry runs folk song workshops, promotes the English folk tradition in education and organised regular music and songs sessions near Hitchin, Herts., at The Greyhound, St. Ippollitts for eight years until they moved to The Fox at Pirton. In 2006 Barry won Hertfordshire’s Bill Ranscombe Award for services to folk music locally. He has been described as a Folk Polymath.


Ø      Barry is a member of the E.F.D.S.S., Folk Arts England and FolkWISE


See www.myspace.com/musocallersinger





Ø      Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass


Former co-organiser of Luton Folk Club and Luton Folk Festival and another founder member of Time of Your Life, Graeme was the presenter of BBC Radio Bedfordshire’s Three Counties Folk and has been active in folk music since the early 1970s. Graeme played in a band with (now pop star) Paul Young in the early 1970s and also worked with Henry Thomas of BBC2’s Rock School.


He has been involved in folk dance since the formation of Time of Your Life and written a number of jigs, polkas and hornpipes which regularly feature in the band’s repertoire. Graeme founded the song group Life & Times in 1983 with Barry Goodman and Greg Lindsay (flute & whistle). Prior to the departure of Brian Scowcroft, Graeme played acoustic guitar in Time of Your Life.


Ø      Graeme is a member of the E.F.D.S.S.,


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Ø      Violin


Debbie was a pupil of fiddle player, Joe Broughton, and now teaches and repairs violins between performances with Time of Your Life, various other bands and orchestras with whom she plays and a clog dance display team in Camden of which she is a member. Noticeably the youngest member of the band, her violin playing features on Life & Times’ CDs Charivari, Where The Working Boats Went and Marston Vale. (see Life & Times recordings webpage.) Debbie is also a member of Suntrap and has performed on many occasions with Bella Hardy.





Ø      Rickenbacker 480 Electric Guitar,

Ø      Washburn Electro-Acoustic Guitar


Steve played in rock bands and a folk duo with Graeme in the early 1970s and was coaxed out of musical retirement to join the band in the early 1990s. Steve is also the band’s resident electronics expert and a dab hand with a computer and a soldering iron! Steve recorded Life & Times’ community project CD Marston Vale in March 2009.





Ø      Drums


Howard Newton plays drums, joining the band permanently in 2004. Howard’s distinctive drumming ranges from a subtle background whisper to a driving foot-stomping thunder. Howard was formerly with another local band Easy Weasel, and prior to that, the well-known and much missed Bedfordshire-based band, Wide-Eyed Jack. Howard originates from Scarborough.







JANE ARCHER (The Band’s 6th Member)


Ø      Flute


Jane is effectively our sixth member. She is a classical musician who primarily performs orchestral music and is also a woodwind teacher. The sound of her flute adds an extra layer to the tunes, combining with the melodeon to create a very special melodic texture. Jane having a young family has meant she has been unable to perform regularly with the band. However, when Debbie is not available for any reason, we are more than pleased to welcome her back to stand in.




To hear some of Time of Your Life’s music go to these websites:



All the tracks on the websites above are taken from the CD Keep Dancing, a recording by Hertfordshire District EFDSS of dance music for use in schools, which is now available.


To hear some of Life & Times’ music go to these websites:



Violin accompaniments on these recordings are provided by Debbie Chalmers, schooled by Joe Broughton. Recordings made at SRT, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, April 2001.


Debbie is a member of our dance band TIME OF YOUR LIFE



Once on the website, click on The Film and then Music



Previous members of the band include:


Greg Lindsay (flute)


Brian Scowcroft (bass guitar, caller) – Former Albionette


Paul “Thug” Milner (bouzouki)


Sara Hack (flute)


Peter Salt (drums) – Formerly with rock band Walking on Ice


…and a host of other musicians who have “sat in” at various times in the band’s existence...