Balfolk Oxford

Bal Massif! - Sun 23rd Oct, 2.30 - 7pm

A wonderful afternoon of folk dancing and music at Kennington Village Centre. You will be treated to not just one, but four fantastic balfolk bands:
Helen Gentile & Lewis Wood, Shivelight, Confluence and Sawney White Bird, with folk dance tunes from across Europe. A real Bal Massif!

Helen Gentile Lewis Wood






Sawney White Bird

The afternoon will start with a dance workshop, where you can learn some traditional European balfolk dances (or refresh your dance steps for the more experienced amongst you). No prior knowledge is needed as all instruction will be given on the day. But we do suggest you bring some comfy shoes!

Dance workshop 2:30pm, Dance 3:30pm - 7pm

There will be live music from start to finish as well as a bar selling alcoholic and soft drinks.

There will be a videographer filming on the day and the video will be used by the musicians to promote future musical and folk dance events.

Tickets are: £15 standard, £10 concession and £5 5-16s and are available from


Balfolk Oxford Calendar

2022 calendar
Sat 12 Feb - Bal minuscule at Wolvercote Village Hall, (£5 cover for dancers), 2 till 7
Sun 10 Apr - Bal minuscule at the Isis Farmhouse, 2 till 7
22-24 Apr - Folk Weekend Oxford - EXTERNAL
Sat 23 Apr: Bal organised by Oxfolk and Reading Balfolk at St Barnabas', Jericho
See for a full programme, there may also be sessions and clandestine mazurkas happening which will be linked to from this group somehow.
Sun 12 Jun - Bal minuscule at the Isis Farmhouse
Sun 14 Aug - Bal minuscule at the Isis Farmhouse
Sun 9 Oct - Bal minuscule at the Isis Farmhouse
TBC - we have reserved the marquee but the Isis may be closed for maintenance
Sun 27 Nov - Oxfolk event, Kennington Village Hall - EXTERNAL
Oxfolk bring you the mighty Blowzabella! Not us. Buy them a drink on the night. In the meantime, visit to get you in the mood.
Sun 11 Dec - Bal minuscule at the Isis Farmhouse
TBC - we have reserved the marquee but the Isis may be closed for maintenance

Ceilidh-bal - 31 May, 7.45pm

7.45pm Friday 31 May, St Giles Church Hall, £4 entry
Learn some balfolk basic steps, join in a clandestine mazurka and then finish up with a ceilidh!
This is a joint event with the Oxford University Scottish Highland dance society. Musicians, dancers and anyone curious welcome :) We’ll run a short balfolk workshop at 8pm.
Balfolk is the folk music & dance which comes from continental Europe. There’s a huge variety - lively schottishes and bourrees, and soulful mazurkas that are done in couples. Dances like the anter dro & chappelloise involve the whole room. At a very short workshop starting at 8pm we’ll go through some of the basic steps. Then we’ll move into a ‘clandestine mazurka’ - the musicians will play European folk tunes and we’ll dance what we’ve learnt in the short workshop. It’ll be very informal in style.
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