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Shave The Donkey

Shave The Donkey is a five piece Cheshire based band, performing a wide mix of traditional English, Scots and Irish tunes for Barn Dances and Ceilidhs.


We play for all types of private and public social events: Birthday Parties, Family Parties, Fetes, Fundraiser and PTA Events, Weddings or Anniversaries...  you name it!!!  We can supply a caller so you do not need to book one separately.  We will travel to all parts of the North West including Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Shropshire, and North Wales.   Give us a call on 07887 955133 or email us (donkey@shavethedonkey.co.uk) and we will see what we can do!  Shave The Donkey was originally formed by four musicians who play regularly for Mersey Morris Men.  Between us, we have decades of experience playing for all types of dance. Whilst our individual musical tastes are eclectic and diverse,  the rich musical heritage of English traditional music is the foundation for the Shave The Donkey dance tune repertoire.  Finally, you may be wondering why we chose the name "Shave The Donkey".  Shave the Donkey is the name of a traditional morris tune and dance from Bampton in Oxfordshire. That tune itself is related to a very popular dance tune from the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries called "The Triumph". So the name could be viewed as a pointer back to both the band's morris background and the rich heritage of English traditional dance music.  But really, we liked it because it is silly, memorable and starts conversations!!!!

Key Facts

Band Size 5 musicians
Own PA Yes
Repertoire Description Predominantly traditional English, Scots and Irish tunes , with some additional tunes from Europe and the US.

Area Served

Greater Manchester

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Shave The Donkey
    • Band members


    Andy Wooles

    18 Westbrook Road
    WA6 8EA

    Tel: 07887 955133
    Email: [javascript protected email address]


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