Contemporary and historical
English country dance music

The members of Bangers & Mash at Fezziwig’s Warehouse at the Dickens Fair, December 2001 (counter-clockwise):

Susan Kramer - flute, recorders, vocals and percussion
Stanley Kramer - violin, recorder, string bass
David Strong - violin and viola
Craig Johnson - piano, accordion (and other keyboards, too, being the author of this site.)

The Band | Upcoming Events | Our CDs: “Breakfast at Fezziwig’s” and “Sir Roger de Coverley” | Have us play your event
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Last updated on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

The Band

Bangers and Mash started playing together in 1994, and have been performing music for English country and historical couple dancing ever since. We’re regulars at events for PEERS (the Period Events and Entertainment Recreation Society) as well as for BACDS (the Bay Area Country Dance Society).

We’ve done a number of formal balls, as well as playing for innumerable dance series. For fifteen years now we’ve performed at Fezziwig’s Warehouse, the community dance stage of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco. We also play weddings, parties and private dances, of course. Feel free to use the links in the photo caption to contact any of us for more information about the band’s availability...

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 8pm to midnight
PEERS’ “Dance Comes to Pemberly” Ball
Alameda Elks' Lodge
2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

Our first PEERS ball after the holiday season. It's Pride and Prejudice ten years later, Regency or 1820s attire "admired but not required." An evening of period english country dances, as well as couple dances and simple period quadrilles. We'll also be playing for the pre-ball workshop at 7pm. For further details, please see the event webpage on the PEERS site. There's also a Facebook event page.

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:00pm
NBDCS 3rd Sunday English Dance
Wischemann Hall, 465 Morris Street, Sebastopol

Our long-time friend Alisa Dodson will call at this in an afternoon of community dance. Wischemann is a charming hall just outside downtown Sebastopol, built specifically for dancing by the local squaredance club. The ECD community there is wonderful, it promised to be a great dance, and a fine opportunity to make a day (or weekend!) of it for those of us in the more urban parts of the Bay Area. For more information, check the calendar link on North Bay CDS' site.

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 8pm to midnight
PEERS’ “My Fair Lady” Ball
Alameda Elks' Lodge
2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

An evening ball set at the Transylvanian Embassy at the beginning of the 20th century: schottisches, with newer American dances such as ragtime and tango. As always with PEERS, period costume - in this case Edwardian, or native Hungarian or Transylvanian - is not required, and all levels of dance skill are welcome (beginners might want to come to the instruction session at 7:00 pm. For more information, consult the event webpage on the PEERS site.

Saturday, June 6th, 2015, 8pm to midnight
PEERS’ “The Doctor Dances” Ball
Alameda Elks' Lodge
2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

Based on the "Girl in the Fireplace" episode of Doctor Who's 2nd season, and set in 1756m there will be polkas, English and French country dances, and even some wibbly-wobbly waltzes. Once again, period or formal wear is "admired, not required." More information about this event is on the event webpage on the PEERS site.

Saturday, June 13th, 2015, 7:30pm to 10:00pm
SF English Dance
1805 Divisadero near Bush, San Francisco

This dance series has been going on as long as our band has, and is currently held at a dance studio that was once a small Masonic temple in the heart of San Francisco. We will by joined by our good friend Rob Powell on violin, viola and melodeon, and our callers will be PEERS mainstays Cathleen Meyers and Cassandra Vlahos. All set dances, save a closing waltz, but each one will be taught. Please bring your dance shoes, and if you can, a fingerfood snack to share at the break. Please call 415/260-9453 for more information and encouragement.

Our Recordings

Breakfast at Fezziwig’s

Our first CD was released in 2002, and is a 24-cut collection of our favorite country and couple dances, recorded in real time and at dance length before a live audience. The tunes range from Playford tunes of the 1650s to recently composed waltzes. We named "Breakfast at Fezziwig’s" in honor of our friends at the Dickens Fair. It’s out of print right now, but we’ll be reissuing it soon. Check out the Breakfast at Fezziwig’s webpage for a tracklist.

Sir Roger de Coverley

Our second CD was released in 2010, and is a collection of longer pieces (only 17 cuts). Still more of our favorite country and couple dances, recorded in real time and at dance length. This one has many of the our favorite ballroom standards, as well as a few choice recently-composed waltzes. For more information, including notes on the album, check out the webpage.

Have us play your event

We’re available to play weddings, private dances and dinners, or grand public spectacles. While none of us are dancing masters, we are well acquainted with the Bay Area’s best, and can help you find the right teacher for your party. Or we can play hours of soothing music for dinners, wedding receptions, or office parties. Our email links are above, or you can call Craig at 415/282-1110.

Thanks for visiting our site!
--Bangers & Mash