- Shindig Productions has been around since about 2007 and I keep adding new songs and hoedowns when the inspiration takes me. I live near Johannesburg, South Africa with my wife Margaret. Both of us were born and raised in England, Margaret from a village called Long Itchington in Warwickshire and I'm from Chaddesden in Derby. We have 3 sons David, Neil and Andrew and all 3 are involved in music in one form or another. We also have 2 fantastic grand children Riley and Kayleigh. I grew up in the 50's and 60's and my music inspiration was Buddy Holly and later The Shadows and The Beatles. I played guitar in those days and joined a band called The Kords. We performed in local pubs in and around Derby. Margaret and I were married in 1970 and in 1976 left the UK to come to South Africa. It was here that we were first involved in Square Dancing. In 1985, a work colleague was starting a club called "The Shindig Squares" and asked if we would like to join and help him teach. We had to learn all the Square Dance steps from a CallerLab book as there was no one in South Africa to ask or show us what to do. We progressed slowly from Basic to Mainstream to Plus listening to Wagon Wheel records or any other music we could get from America as there are no Square Dance Callers in South Africa. Eventually we mastered Plus and in 1992 Margaret and I decided to travel to Cincinnati in America to attend our very first Square Dance Convention. What an occasion it turned out to be! We couldn't believe how many people were there; I think it was about 20,000 dancers. The atmosphere was great - the vendor stalls, the dresses and shirts, the music, of course, and the good news was our Plus dancing skills were just fine. The Square Dancers we met were all so friendly and made us feel welcome. It made our holiday one of the best we've ever had. Since that first Convention, we have attended 3 more, Portland, Orlando and Anaheim. During the 1990's Margaret and I attended a Barn Dance and thought that with our Square Dance knowledge and my music skills, we could do that and so we became "The Shindigs" Barn Dance Entertainers. For the next 15 years "The Shindigs" toured around South Africa giving Barn Dances, entertaining people with Country Music, Square Dance demonstrations and, later on, Line Dancing. Like all good things, it came to an end in 2005. We stopped touring and moved into a Retirement Village called Alan Woodrow Park where we are still entertaining the residents today with our style of singing and dancing. We also teach Line Dancing and produce a very successful annual Variety Show. "Shindig Productions" now gives me the opportunity to continue creating music for Callers and Dancers, which I hope you will enjoy.