Compelling Northumbrian music, lively social dances and a vibrant atmosphere _ these are the hallmarks of a Barn Dance led by The Hedgehog’s Skin, for over 25 years one of North-East England’s most active and popular traditional bands. People love dancing to their music. Leader David Oliver has been a dance accordionist since his Leeds University days in the late 1960s. His son, Joey Oliver is a member of Whitby favourites 422 and previously The Pack. The Hedgehog’s Skin has always included emerging talents, and the current band features gifted young fiddlers, Cameron Lynch, Sophie Lynch and Beth Chamberlain. The line-up is completed by guitarist Chip Chamberlain, a familiar figure on the Northumberland folk scene since the 1970s. You’ll see we’re a bit of a family band _ and very much a local one too, all coming from the west end of Hexham. The band’s philosophy is simple: they only play great tunes and they only do great dances, carefully chosen to suit the particular occasion. If you’ve danced to The Hedgehog’s Skin already, you’ll need no persuading. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat!