‘Hedgerow Tipple’ is the name for husband & wife team Anna & Andy Park who have been running Ceilidhs & Barn Dances for Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas Parties, Village Celebrations, Charter Nights & Fund-raising Socials for over 16 years.
Anna grew up in North Northumberland surrounded by Northumbrian Folk Music where the Village Barn Dances were often the highlight of the social calendar.
Not surprising that the dances became second nature & a favourite way to celebrate a gathering of friends and family. She loves all forms of dancing from tap to circle & is also a member of Tappalachian, the St Albans based Appalachian Dance Team who perform at folk festivals around the country. She is well known locally as the ‘announcer’ for Village weekend & other events. She is often complimented on her warm, clear delivery & the up-beat atmosphere she undoubtedly creates.
Andy is from Herts but also grew up immersed in music – his mother, a singer, & father a choir master – he became a musician playing French Horn in Bushey Symphony Orchestra & went on to play keyboards in a successful band: The Rhythm & Blues Revue.
As head engineer of the ground breaking interactive technology company http://www.om-interactive.com as well as a musician Andy prides himself on providing excellent sound quality for every function. Though all the ceilidh music is pre-recorded it is always extremely well balanced & fills the room as well as any live music.
They first led Barn Dances for family weddings and soon got requests to do more. Living in a village with a young family they began calling Barn Dances for local Playgroup Socials, School PTA events, Special Birthdays, Anniversaries & the main Village Day Barn Dances.
Through word of mouth, demand has continued to increase and they regularly provide entertainment for Corporate Functions, Charity Events and Wedding Day Celebrations throughout Beds, Cambs, Bucks and Herts .
The name ‘Hedgerow Tipple’ comes from their local foraging exploits – they are keen makers of Nomansland sloe gin, elderflower champagne & blackberry liquer! The Hedgerow Tipple lakeside painting is by Anna who loves to paint when she’s not teaching or dancing.