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Second Front at Godalming Borough Hall 2013
The Music

Second Front’s three musicians use the following instruments: accordion with midi bass, violin and acoustic and electric guitars. The band’s aim is to provide a lively, rhythmic and musical sound that gives a real lift to the dancing. Many of the tunes come from the great English ceilidh bands, from the 70s to today, and others from Scottish and Irish sources, and a bit of Canadian, French and American. During each dance the band develops the sound through harmonies, improvisation, swing and syncopation. The following sound clips give a flavour of our different styles, sounds, tunes and rhythms [we have had problems with these not playing on a mobile device, but they should be okay on a computer; otherwise, please Contact us and we will email MP3 files to you; but you can also hear us on the Demo Video]:

Lively reel to a Breton tune:

Lively English jigs: 

Cheery Polka (our typical sign-off tune):

Strip The Willow jig:

Swinging Hornpipes:

Scottish reel - Drunken Piper:

American Reel:


French Canadian reel:

Sweet harmonies:

Second Front at 2012 Jubilee dance