Teasing The Cat are a five-piece folk dance and concert band from the South-West of England. Playing the traditional music of Great Britain, France, Eastern Europe (and beyond!) on a wide variety of instruments,  Teasing the Cat's broad repertoire reflects their varied musical backgrounds, encompassing Jazz, Klezmer, early and classical music as well as the traditional folk dance music we use in our ceilidhs and barn dances.


Over the past few years, Teasing the Cat have performed a number of concerts, celebrating occasions such as Twelfth Night,May Day and St George’s Day (and even the infamous Mischief Night). At the Hinton St George Festival they broadened the theme in a well-received concert which celebrated all the four seasons of the year. This show, featuring music from the 13th to the 20th Century, was then reprised at the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster - and you can check Youtube for a taster (Teasing the Cat in Jazz mode!)


Now back playing after the end of lockdown with a great concert on 25th July 2021 in Hinton St George, shared with  sitar player Ricky Romain, and a week later a family barn dance - fantastic occasion, keen dancers, good fun for all


Teasing the Cat are available for ceilidhs, barn dances, weddings and other events. Please feel free to get in contact re bookings and any other enquiries on teasingthecat@gmail.com or Chris on (01460) 73052 / 07530103228


Please check back regularly for upcoming show snippets and the like... 


Teasing The Cat (and some instruments they might play) are (L-R): 


Mike Eaton - hurdy-gurdy, fretless bass, bodhran, darabuka, octave mandolin

Gibby Swaine - recorders, flute, accordion, pipe & tabor, vocals, ukulele, piano

Chris Edmunds - accordion, melodeon, concertina, cittern,

percussion, piano, (caller for dances)

Steve Graham - mandolin, mandola, English bagpipes, Cornish pipes, trumpet,

pipe and tabor, wooden flute, baritone horn

John Dike - fiddle (violin), viola, mandolin, drum