Welcome to the Foxwood Panyard Haphazardly-updated Website. Our panyard is not a real place, but a group of bands and players who provide steelbands and tuition, both locally in Leeds and further afield [which so far includes London, Filey, Newcastle [upon-Tyne], Paris, Lille, Neuchatel in Switzerland, Newport and Chepstow [South Wales], York, Manchester, Bradford - okay, I'll stop, loads of places. Also give advice on pan purchase and tuning and how to buy the Foxwood Songbooks, and also why you should buy them!
Here you can see up-and-coming, and been-and-gone concerts/gigs. We have a gallery of pictures and pages of videos of songs played and lessons taught. There's blog and a for sale page. And more. See the List of contents below:
About Us: Brief history all the Foxwood Panyard bands and how they evolved, who runs or ran them.
Bands: Here are details of the various bands, their leaders, rehearsals times
Blog: Here are stories of the pan pioneers from Leeds, about how the Foxwood Panyard bands got banned from Leeds Carnival, about the etiquette of repertoire, how the Foxwood Songsheets evolved and more.
Gallery: This is in chronological order from the earliest Foxwood School gigs in the mid eighties to the present day, well to the last gig.
Gigs Past and Future: Here are all the gigs we have played since March 2017, or which I began this page.. Plus which is the next gig to come.
Lessons at Home and at School; These were hastily put together for school staff, students and parent, so that they could keep their pan, and percussion skills going during the Lockdowns 2020 to 2021s. There's even about how to make a djembe out of an uptirned waste paper basket . . . . .
Music Theory for Steelpans: This is an educational page we started during Lockdown. Steelpans should have taken a bigger place by now in the school curriculum. This is an attempt to demonstrate why. And also to help students see how pans, and pianos and glocks etc, work in terms of music theory.
Play Christmas at Home: Here are, as it says on the tin, some Christmas tunes, played by one of the bands, and some of players. [There are also two Christmas songbooks, World Christmas [every song from a different country], and the Christmas collection [very UK traditional]
Play It at Home: This also came about during Lockdown, but really it just for anyone at anytime with any instrument at home so that they can play any tune, melody or chords, or even bassline just by looking at the Foxwood Songsheet and listening to one version of said tune.
Play Lockdown at Home: After hand-clapping on my doorstep on April 2 2020, I saw [on fb] that Avtar had played dhol down his street. I was inspired. . . . . And every single Thursday after I have played pans in and on the frontline frontgarden, first with daughter, Georgia, then with friend, Wanda [aka Her Indoors], and over time we were joined by several others from the Foxwood Panyard [mostly it must be said during British Summer Time. lol!], mostly Trish.