About John


John Meechan John Meechan is a Yorkshireman now living in the Midlands who started his folk music life as a singer, playing guitar and English concertina, and then got involved in both sword and social dance. He started calling some 40-odd years ago spurning anything remotely American.

These days he can be seen and heard at festivals (Chippenham, Eastbourne, Sidmouth, Lichfield, Whitby, Casterton, Bromyard and lots more), dance clubs and weekends/days of dance up and down the country having apparently got a reputation as a caller of American squares and contras.

However, if asked, he also calls lots of dances in the English style. Over the last 10 years or so he has been one of the prime movers in the rise and promotion of contra dance in the UK seeing it as a way of getting younger people involved in another form of dance as well as ceilidh.

John is naturally creative individual in all aspects of his life and has written many dances. This website has been specifically set up to all free access to lots of these dances. Some dances have been written specifically for the UK Folk Dance Club scene and some for the UK contra scene however, if there is anything you want clarifying please feel free to email me.