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The Climax Ceilidh Band started around 2003 when two trios, Meridian and Pesky, decided to play together in one big, exciting band. With a little help from the Folk Camp Society, the Stag Tuesday session in Hastings and some agency gigs, Climax was born.
Our name derives from the fact that Richard was in the Climax Blues Band. That band was founded by Colin Cooper in 1968 - a famous formula 1 racing car of the time was the Cooper Climax.
The band writes a lot of its own material, while maintaining all that is best from the traditional repertoire. They make music which is as good for the ears as it is for the dancers. Their unusual and original slants on the music, and diverse musical influences, make them sound like no other ceilidh band.
The driving rhythms of the accordion and guitar, the sweet sound of the dancing fiddles, the swift trill of the flute and the power of the pipes makes the Climax Ceilidh Band experience truly uplifting!
More about our history and our thoughts on music making in this:
fRoots article December 2006