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I have added a few 30 second Real audio sound bytes taken from some of the CDs shown. Some great sounds from the latest keyboards.

Live Music

David Last
Sound bytes:

No Matter What
The Last Farewell
Oh Lonesome Me
Wind Beneath My Wings

A very popular local organist with four dozen or so CD releases to his name, available from Maestro records. David gets a full orchestra of sounds from his Yamaha and Roland keyboards. David's CDs include Dream, One Fine Day, Forgotten Dreams, This Is My Song, Always, Dance Magic, Closer and Sway.
For more on David and his CDs click here

Philip Randles
Sound bytes:

Theme from Titanic
No Matter What
Tango Supreme

Philip is from Doncaster and has been playing music for dancing for some eighteen years. He has a similar number of CDs available from Maestro. Philip originally played an Elka X30 organ before changing to an Orla R510P and more recently an Orla GT3000. Telephone 01302 320145

Michael Wooldridge
Sound bytes:

I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Take the A Train

A popular organist from Brighton, Michael plays a Yamaha EL900 organ and has his own web site.

Chris Housley

From Deal in Kent, Chris records for Savoy His latest release (October 2003) is "Go! Sequence 3".

Chris Booth

Chris is from Spalding in Lincolnshire. He is a very popular organist and travels the country with his Technics GA3 organ. When he is not playing music for dancing he spends his time restoring Wurlitzers.Chris has produced over a dozen CDs which are available from him on 01775 767517 or see his web site here.

Gail Partridge

Sound bytes:
Careless Hands
The Power of Love

Gail is from Kings Lynn in Norfolk and can be contacted at her teaching studio on 01945 430302. She favours traditional organ sounds on her Technics keyboards and plays plenty of sing-along sounds from Yesteryear. Gail released some tapes for LUDA a few years ago but I don't know of any more recent releases.

Larry Green


From the south coast, Larry also records for Maestro with over twenty CDs to his name so far. He has a sound very similar to David Last's, probably because they both play similar keyboards. His CDs includeJump Shout Boogie, Fields of Gold, Far Away Places, Forever And Ever, Unforgettable,"Get Happy", "Masquerade", "Blue Velvet" and Everythin's In Rhythm. More information on Larry and clips are available at Larry's own web site

Andrew Varley

Andrew hails from Southsea, Hampshire and started playing keyboards as a teenager. He turned professional in 1991 and joined the Wersi demonstration team in 2003. His recordings have featured Wersi, Technics and Yamaha instruments. His latest CD Moments To Remember uses the Yamaha Tyros 4, and a Tyros 5 is waiting in the wings.
Visit Andrew's website for more information or to order his CDs

David Thomas

From near Thetford, David plays a Roland Atelier organ and Vocoder Plus so that when David sings, there is a great choir of other Davids in the backing group!
Plenty of wonderful sounds as you may expect from a Roland. Possibly too many/frequent sound changes for easy dancing and some jazzy syncopations may take a little getting used to. Hopefully, we should see and hear more of him.

David Read
David Read - I Do Want To Dance
From near Dartford in Kent, David is now back on the ballroom and sequence scene after a break of several years spent running Harrod's music department and entertaining passengers on the Queen Mary 2.
David has recently produced several of his own CDs. You can listen to clips, buy the CDs and find out more about David via his web site here. His previous CDs Let's Do It, Keep Young And Beautiful, I'm In Heaven and Christmas Cavalcade are still available from Maestro.

Barrie Carless

From Fen Ditton in Cambridge, Barrie has played piano since he was five years old. When he retired in 1989 he joined the Len Ebbage band (now the Ballroom Band) and is often to be seen at Pontin's Pakefield where, as well as music for dancing, he plays easy listening music between sessions with the occasional jazz number thrown in. He now also runs his own duo and trio with Carol Lester and Len Sapsed.
Details and clips from Barries 4th CD here and his 5th and latest, here.
CDs are available from Barrie on 01223 293239.

Sound bytes:
London By Night
Our Love Is Here To Stay
This Could Be The Start of Something Big

Carol Lester
Able to sing in both dance and jazz styles, Carol sings with the Barrie Carless Sound and performed at Pontin's jazz weeks in 1997 and 1998. She was an award winner at the International Jazz Day at Covent Garden Theatre in 1998, and has been heard on Radio Cambridge and Lincolnshire.

Len Sapsed
Len was solo bugler in the Boy's Brigade. At 16 he bought his first saxaphone and learnt to play it in time for his first gig the following week. He now also plays clarinet, keyboards and percussion, and has performed with many dance and jazz bands over the last 40 years.

David Williams

An ex chorister from Wymondham Abbey, where he learned the piano, David has played for sequence dancing both as part of a trio and a solo organist. David turned semi-pro in 1999 and has a CD available on which he plays a Yamaha HX3 and the Wurlitzer theatre organ from the Cotton Museum of Mechanical Music and Bygones.

David can be contacted on (mobile) 07710 248509.

Sound bytes:
By the Fireside
Old Pianna Rag
Just Walkin in the Rain
I Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight

Peter Last
A friendly, obliging and enthusiastic organist, though not up to commercial recordings. Peter also plays other CDs for tea dances.

Julie Shipp
A friendly and enthusiastic young organist, though not up to commercial recordings.

Jimmy Timmins
Jimmy hails from Cambridge, where he has played his Hammond organ for many years.

Glenn Hurst
Glenn can put together a large or small band with singers to suit any occasion requiring a 'big band' sound. Glenn has also played with the Len Ebbage band at Pontin's Pakefield. Visit Glenn's own site.

Len Ebbage
Len sadly died in March 2004 but the band is continuing as 'Roger Chinery and the Ballroom Band'. Contact Roger by email or tel. 01787 237887

Roger also has an 18 piece big band for larger events which can also cater for ballroom and sequence dancing. Vist their website or listen to their sound on this site

Touch and Go

Jenny and Keith formed this duo some fifteen years ago having played in other groups/bands for many years. Jenny provides the vocals while Keith plays guitar, saxophone or keyboard. The keyboard also provides a pre-programmed accompaniment when Keith is otherwise occupied. Their repertoire covers a wide range of popular music from the 1940s to the present day. They can be contacted on 01473 748698.


CDs/Records (CDs unless stated)

Michael & Sylvia Finbow

Qualified teachers who also run several sequence classes. They are David Last's in-laws (wedding pictures). 01473 712080

Hi Fi Dance Sound
Russell & Judy, 01473 714474
A good selection of music to suit all dances.

Teresa Brown
A teacher from the Lait dance school. Runs classes at various venues around Ipswich, including Sidegate Lane community centre on Wednesdays.

Howard & Chris
From Walton's Thursday evenings, Howard was the Anglian area secretary of the NATD.
01394 286409. E-mail howard-chris@ntlworld.com or see howardandchris.co.uk

Mary Durham, 01449 672601 or see facebook

M&GM Music
Michael & Gail Munro, 01473 711551

from Freestyle Dancing
Tel 01473 271481

Ballroom Rhythms
Ralph, Daphne & Barbara
01206 243687 or email

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