Hope Hoffman & the
Bowdoinham String Band
Live, traditional music for weddings, dinners and events.
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We provide music that flows naturally, seamlessly joining each part of your wedding from one room to the next, indoors and outdoors. Our repertoire ranges from slow and lyrical to quick and energetic, and we carefully choose each tune to fit each part of the event. An experienced director of theater productions featuring live music, violinist/fiddler Hope Hoffman can offer expertise and insight when selecting music.
Slow, stately melodies abound in traditional string music, and our renditions are rich with expression, sensitivity and timeless beauty. For a processional, a prelude to the ceremony, an interlude between readings, or gentle dining music, these instrumental pieces give an event a warm, delicate radiance infused with generations of musical tradition. Light, joyful styles including jigs and other dance tunes are often fitting for a dinner, recessional, or background music as guests move from the ceremony to the reception area.
Generally, most couples instruct us to use our intuition and to select just the right tune to play on the spot and "in the moment," or we can plan each piece of music beforehand. If you have a special piece of music in mind, we can learn traditional melodies by ear from recordings, and read sheet music fluently.
Since we usually don't need microphones or electrical equipment, there are many opportunities for us to play outdoors, in unusual spaces, and to move around the area easily. We do use amplification on request for large and/or outdoor events.
For example, the bride and groom's first dance can be made even more special by the violin nearby playing a waltz. As your guests take their seats before the ceremony, a serene fiddle or mandolin can wander throughout the area to set the mood. And after the ceremony, the musicians can walk with the guests to the reception area, keeping the music flowing every step of the way.
The ensemble has provided music for events, community gatherings and family celebrations since 2002.
Celebrate your heritage with traditional melodies
Irish and Scottish
We're very flexible and open to ideas, and enjoy being a creative part of celebrations.
Many couples ask for a 3-hour session, which often includes a half hour of music before the ceremony, the ceremony itself, and another half hour of music after the ceremony.
In addition to ceremony music, or as a separate event, we can also provide a dance instructor and music for a contra dance or barn dance. We can also provide background music for your reception or rehearsal dinner.
Hope Hoffman often provides solo violin/fiddle/viola music for ceremonies and receptions.
To listen to audio samples, click on a title below to hear the tune.
Sampling of processionals:
Sampling of recessionals:
Sampling of background or
dancing music for receptions and dinners:
Here is an audio clip of dance leader John McIntire calling a dance, and the band as a trio with banjo, fiddle and mandolin. Here's another clip of John calling the circle dance with the tune "Mari's Wedding". John has been teaching dance to all ages for the past 15 years, and has been dancing in the New England traditional style for over 30 years. He has been the caller for public dances around New England and at major festivals from Boston to Seattle.
Details about the ensemble & our instruments.
Hope Hoffman ~ www.hopehoffman.org ~ E-mail
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Photos this page by Ron St. Jean
Text © Susan Hope Hoffman 2001-2018. All rights reserved.