Across The Pond
"Pond Life," as Across the Pond are called collectively, were prominent at
the El Cerrito Folk Festival, (October 9 2010), leading a workshop entitled "Let's
Play English Trad." Dick also led "Early Stage Pennywhistle."
First Annual Princeton (B.C.) Traditional Music Festival (2008)
Starlight Circle Players Samhain All Hallows Masquerade (2008)
The Englander Pub,
San Leandro, CA
Pub Nights at the
Berkeley City Club
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BACDS promotes traditional English and American country dance in the Bay Area.
has dance schedules, including
Across the Pond.
English-style Pub Band
and a rollicking band
St. Patrick's Day!
High energy music for
dancing ~ listening ~ drinking
rants, hornpipes, jigs, schottisches,
polkas, waltzes and more
ACROSS THE POND-THE SAGA
If you were to wander into just the right pub in England, you might find some
and a blokess over by the big fireplace, running some lively tunes.
Our quartet plays music from the British Isles, specializing in the English dance
&ldquo Ceilidh,&rdquo what the Brits call an evening of vigorous dancing Pub
Across the Pond started early in 2005 as a jam session in the PiperHQ kitchen,
close to the
refrigerator with the beer. Now our steady gigs include playing for the English-
dance series sponsored by the Bay Area Country Dance Society (BACDS). ATP is also
house band for the California Christmas Revels, playing for cast parties and fund-
Both Jody and Dick have been featured musicians in the Christmas Revels in the Bay
and Dick also in the Portland Revels. We're also musicians for the Deer Creek
(San Francisco Bay Area).
Jody and Colette Veahman are a musical couple; Jody plays tenor banjo and
switching off to mandolin and whistle on occasion, and Colette concentrates on
(button accordion). Both are veterans of the Dickens Christmas Fairs and
Faires. Jody is an authority on British Isles musical traditions and the related
Colette is a costume designer and language geek.
Alan Lochhead plays bass and concertina. He accompanied Berkeley Morris and
years ago, wherein he first met Dick and Jody. Alan also teaches at the Community
Center in San Francisco's Mission District. He gigs extensively as a classical
His All-American Concertina Album was published by Mel Bay in 2008.
Dick plays winds: whistle, flute, pipe and tabor, and saxophone. His
credits include gigs as
diverse as The Christmas Revels (also as an actor), U.C Berkeley's Collegium
Jubilee Dance Theatre. He was a regular at the Renaissance Pleasure Faires and
Christmas Fairs in Olden Times. He was Featured Artist at the 2002 International
Pipe & Tabor Festival, Gloucester UK. Dick's also a composer, and designs sound