Oxfolk

Oxfolk Ceilidhs 2017-18 Line-up

Here is the rest of our fantastic line-up for this season.  Get these dates in your diary now!

Sat 11th November
Diatonics with caller Emma Wooders
 
Sat 9th December
Christmas Party
Albireo with caller Lisa Heywood
 
Sat 13th January
Banter with caller Andy Rouse
 
Sat 10th February
Climax Ceilidh Band with caller Pete North
 
Sat 10th March
Chalktown with caller Nick Walden
 
Sat 12th May
Hekety with caller Sheena Masson

For more details, go to www.oxfolk.org.uk

Oxfolk Ceilidhs - Phoenix Dance Band, Sat 14th Oct

Phoenix Dance Band

Straight-up English dance music, with a hard-swinging, exhilarating, traditional style. Phoenix Dance Band is packed with some of most experienced and best of traditional dance musicians from bands including Old Swan, Edward II, Tiger Moth and Grand Union. They are Rod Stradling – melodeons, Fran Wade and Mike Pinder – fiddles, Steve Harrison – harmonicas, and Kevin Brown – piano.

"The best traditional dance music I've heard in years" - Pete Shutler, at Whitby, 2010

You can hear some tracks from the albums After the Fire and All Fired Up on their website.

[Of the album All Fired Up] “They have produced a lovely record of good honest dance music and I for one would be happy to dance to them.” Andy Cutting

The incomparable Barry Goodman is calling a lovely selection of dances. Famous for his relaxed and reassuring manner and a more than slightly magical way of getting us all dancing, Barry will be guiding us through all the evening.

Berkshire’s newest and rather smashing clog dance group Theale Tattoo is entertaining us at half time, with some flashy step dance routines.

Tickets are available on the door: £10 adults, £7 concessions (12-17s, students, pensioners), £1 5-11s and free under 5s. See www.oxfolk.org.uk for details of family and group discounts.

Oxfolk Ceilidh Sat 13th May - Out of Hand + Rhianwen Davies + Three Pressed Men

Out of Hand

Out of Hand – in a short time they have made a real name for themselves as a young and vibrant band. You may have already seen them at Chippenham Folk Festival, Sidmouth FolkWeek or Village Pump Festival. They are putting modern twists on traditional tunes and writing new music, too. Here’s the band playing the Economy set.

The line-up features: Penny Kempson on fiddle, Stuart Duncan on whistle and banjo, Will Sartin on mandolin and tenor guitar, David Dailly on guitar, Richard Portlock on bass guitar, Chris Campbell on drums and their caller Rhianwen Davies.

Three Pressed Men perform our half-time spot this month, with energetic English tunes, songs on hammer dulcimer, guitar, accordions, harmonica … and lots of concertinas!

There is a licensed bar serving real ales from the White Horse Brewery, real cider, wine and soft drinks.  Tickets on the door: £10 adults, £7 concessions (12-18, students, OAPs). See our website www.oxfolk.org.uk for details of family and group discounts.

Oxfolk Ceilidh Sat 14th Jan - Lebedek + Mark Chilvers

Dancing to Lebedek

Lebedek was a real hit when the band last played Oxfolk. The members of the band have Ukrainian, Macedonian, Polish, Jewish and English roots, plus experience in everything from musical theatre to playing for morris. They draw on this diverse heritage to create their unique blend of music. The line-up features Katrina Warcaba on piano accordion, Lydia Ristova Whittaker and Shelley van Loen on violins and Simon Loake on bouzouki and calling. ‘Lebedek’ is a Yiddish word meaning ‘lively and vivacious’… and we know you’ll love them.

Half-time entertainment comes this month from Mark Chilvers. He's a local singer and songwriter with a broad repertoire, a great ear for a tune and a commanding voice.

There is a licensed bar serving real ales from the White Horse Brewery, cider from Celtic Marches, wine and soft drinks.

Tickets on the door: £10 adults, £7 concessions (12-18, students, OAPs). See our website www.oxfolk.org.uk for details of family and group discounts.

Oxfolk Euroeilidh Sat 12th Nov Moirai + Jo Freya, Daisy Black + Mabel Gubbins

Moirai

We are delighted to welcome Moirai: featuring what The Living Tradition magazine calls the “three auspicious talents” of Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Token Women, Fraser Sisters), Sarah Matthews (Cupola, Cupola:Ward) and Melanie Biggs (Boxtet).

This trio of superb dance musicians play compelling, beautiful and irresistible music and will give you a night of dancing you will never forget.

This is a Euroceilidh, so expect some continental European dances as well some ceilidh classics. All the dances will be carefully explained and called by Jo and special guest caller Daisy Black. Daisy is a Sheffield based caller, co-founder of Playford in the Pub (what a brilliant idea!) and expert on many literary and medieval things.

Half-time entertainment comes from the glorious Mabel Gubbins, Oxfordshire’s premier rapper team. If you’ve never seen rapper sword dancing before, it’s far too complicated to explain here, so come and see for yourself.

There is a licensed bar serving real ales from the White Horse Brewery, cider, wine and soft drinks.

Tickets on the door: £10 adults, £7 concessions (12-18, students, OAPs). See our website www.oxfolk.org.uk for details of family and group discounts.

Oxfolk

Oxfolk is a long-running ceilidh series that is currently based in Kennington Village Hall, just outside the Oxford ring road and a few minutes from the A34. Dances run from October to May on the second Saturday of the month, although the April dance is usually run in conjunction with Folk Weekend: Oxford, so doesn't follow the normal pattern.

www.oxfolk.org.uk

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