PCB was born in the mid-1980s, the brainchild of Portobello residents Roy and Wilma Henderson. Roy played fiddle, Wilma called the dances: the first engagements were fundraiser ceilidhs for local primary schools in ‘Edinburgh’s Seaside’. Since then, the band has taken its infectious brand of music and calling all over the UK, playing in castles, community centres, country houses, village halls, conference centres and youth hostels, and on festival stages … and been privileged to have some splendid trips abroad!
We were honoured to be named as one of the country’s top five ceilidh bands by The Scotsman (the last time the paper published such a list) and to have been the band of choice for a run of record-breaking street ceilidhs for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, playing many times for thousands of dancers the length and breadth of George Street. We recorded an album, ‘Spider Stomp’, named after one of our favourite Virginia Reel tunes, in 2001.
Our success stems from our commitment to promoting the fun of ceilidh dancing while retaining a wholehearted respect for its music. Fiddle and accordion – the definitive ceilidh instruments – are underpinned by insistent guitar and captivating bass in tunes chosen for their vigour, heart, exuberance and mischief. Our job is to capture these inherent qualities, and share them with you.
The relationship between music and players is echoed in the one between dancers and caller. Dancers bring energy and light hearts to the party: we’ll be looking to tap into these at every turn. And by being at the heart of the action (in the middle of the dance floor, rather than behind an instrument in the band), our caller Cath is best placed to demonstrate, share, encourage and give confidence, throughout the evening.