About Samba Celtica

Samba Celtica playing in Truro

Samba Celtica are a popular community samba band in West Cornwall based just outside Helston. We have a large membership of all ages and new members (16+) are always welcome.

Where we play

We play samba at a wide variety of events in Cornwall and the West Country throughout the year. We take part in most of the large carnivals and festivals in Cornwall as well as playing at parties, weddings, nightclubs... we usually have 20-30 booked gigs a year.

On top of our booked gigs, we sometimes decide to go busking in and around Cornwall just for the love of it, in which case we also shake a bucket to collect some pennies for beer new instruments. If you see/hear us out and about please give us a wave, have a bit of a dance, throw your money at us, and come and talk to us if you fancy joining the band!

You can find details of all our gigs including our pre-planned busking outings on the Samba Celtica Gigs page

What we play

Samba at club night in Falmouth

We play a mixture of different styles of samba including Rio samba, Samba Reggae, Maracatu, Ilê Aiyê and some funky interpretations of various other styles.

Instruments we play are:
Surdos (3 sizes of large drum, each playing a different part providing a heartbeat for the pieces we play)
Repiniques (high pitched drums played by the massive show-offs of the band)
Caixas (the absolutely relentless ones, usually eat most of the biscuits)
Chocalho / Ganzá / sometimes Xequerê (our lovely, lovely shaker section - not at all as easy at it looks!)
Tamborim (small but incredibly loud, playing long complicated patterns. Drink a lot of tea)
Agogô (two-tone bells, sometimes to be found moonlighting with the Tamborim section)
Timba (the Brazilian version of the djembe! The ones with the sore hands)
Cuíca (not always used but you'll know when it makes an appearance....!)

Like to have a go?

You are very welcome to come and play with the band - we have a diverse membership of all ages and are always happy to see new faces. You don’t need previous musical experience - if you can tap your foot in time then we can teach you the rest! We supply all the instruments and materials you’ll need. Take a look at the join us page for more details.

Like to book Samba Celtica for your event?

Take a look at the hire us page for details

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