The Much Ado Band. Perfect for your barn dance or ceilidh.For barn dances in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Wales and the Marches.The perfect band for weddings, birthdays, and all your special occasions.
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Tony Egan

When not playing for barn dances and ceilidhs, Much Ado drummer, Tony, indulges his wide taste in music as a member of Front Cover, which covers the music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and the present day - and The Universal Translators, the Brecon based rock band.

A resident of Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales, Tony is involved in the organisation of many of the unusual events held in the town, and is currently Event Director of the annual Man v Horse event.


Graeme Lamble

  Graeme Lamble, Powys based bassist with The Much Ado Band.

Powys based Bassist, Graeme, approaches his role in the barn dance band with a nod toward the rock and jazz side of things, involved as he is in several projects away from traditional folk, including Musicals and Plays, Samba drumming with the Cuban jazz outfit Bosque, The Repercussion Street Band, and collaborating with Tony in the On the Rocks Band

He can also be seen pretending to be a lute player (actually classical guitar) with Alan in the Broken Willow Consort, a band which supports theatrical productions of the Mid Wales Living Willow Theatre, see

In real life he is a guitar maker, picture-framer, roofer, carpenter and builder. He made the guitars and the bass he plays, and if you would like him to make you a guitar, he can also build you a studio in which to play it.

Barn dance band member, Alan Oberman, of Presteigne, Wales   Alan Oberman

Alan progressed from R&B to folk dance music when he moved to Wales in 1999. He believes the role of the saxophone in a barn dance band is to contribute an exciting spice to the overall sound and, above all, add rhythmic impetus to the folk dance tune so that dancers feel enlivened by the music.

As well as playing saxophone, Alan composes new and original folk dance tunes for ‘Much Ado’ - adding to the many beautiful traditional folk tunes in the band’s repertoire.

Besides ‘Much Ado’, Alan is also a member of the community band, Bandemania, based in Presteigne, Mid Wales, The Broken Willow Consort, and the Builth Wells Community Arts.

Alan was Music Director for a BWCAS production of ‘Tom Jones’ at the Wyeside Arts Centre in 2009, writing new music and arranging traditional tunes for the nine-piece band which included all members of Much Ado.

Peter Watts
  Peter Watts, folk dance musician with the Much Ado Band

Peter has been playing the melodeon since the mid-1970’s; his current instrument is a Castagnari 3-row G/D/A with accidentals and, if prompted, could bore you for a long time with the finer details of melodeon systems and playing techniques. He is also a dab hand with a bass guitar, playing this instrument in the community bands Bandemonium, based in Hereford, and Bandamania, based in Presteigne, Powys.

Peter is currently a musician with Foxwhelp Morris and, until moving to Herefordshire, was a founder member of Surrey barn dance and ceilidh band D’Arcy Spice.

He lives in Brilley, Herefordshire with his wife, Sara.

Hereford barn dance and ceilidh flautist, Sara Watts   Sara Watts

Sara started playing the flute 17 years ago after trading in the clarinet she had played at school - and took to the instrument immediately. Although having had a few lessons over the years she is mostly self-taught.

Sara also plays with Bandamania, the Community Band in Presteigne, and with Foxwhelp Morris. She is married to Pete, the melodeon player.