Oxfolk Ceilidhs - Climax Ceilidh Band, Sat 10th Feb

Climax Ceilidh Band

Climax Ceilidh Band have been making a mark with their unique smooth, sophisticated and rather sexy sound to crowds of happy dancers for over 15 years. It’s their particular and subtle blend of folk, jazz and blues that makes them so popular, and much of their music is their own (truly) original material. They are Richard Jones on piano and piano accordion, Chris Walshaw on English and French bagpipes, whistles and saxophone, Bruce Knapp on guitar and mandolin and Geoff Nicholls on drums and percussion.

Their albums “Come Dancing” and “Five Play” received great reviews, too:
“They create wonderful music, which constantly changes, divides, reforms, recedes and resurges.” Mike Greenwood, TAPLAS
“It is the rhythmic drive of the band that impresses me most – they never forget that they are first and foremost a ceilidh band.” Chris Pitt, England Dance & Song

If you can’t wait till Oxfolk, go to http://www.climaxceilidhband.co.uk/music.asp to hear their albums and other clips.

They are joined by local hero and caller Pete North. As well as being known for his calling, he’s smashing dancer and member of Adderbury Morris Men. Pete’s sprightly energy and considerable experience means that we’re in for a total treat.

During the interval, we will be entertained by Landeran, Oxford’s newest and shiniest shanty crew, singing work songs from the high seas.

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 Ceilidhs - Christmas with Albireo, Sat 9th Dec


Mark the run-up to Christmas with a tinsel-bedecked ceilidh at Oxfolk! There will be fantastic dancing and a certain amount of cake, all to tunes provided by the fantastic Albireo.

Albireo boasts a huge repertoire of tunes, played with verve and stretching from 17th century English country dance music to American reels (via a few other places).

“Their tunes are played with gusto and whether they are fiddle driven foot stompers or concertina self penned subtle waltzes they deliver extremely danceable music all night.” Martyn Harvey (caller)

The line-up is: Tom Kitching (also of Pilgrim’s Way) on fiddle and mandolin, Howard Jones on melodeon, Anglo concertina and hammered dulcimer, Steve Hodgskiss on piano and English concertina, Peter Crowther on bass guitar and keyboard and Sean Bechhofer on guitar.

Albireo has just released their second album, Binary (… hey, just in time for some Christmas shopping – you’re sure to be able to buy a copy.)

This evening’s caller Lisa Heywood, one of the newer generation of callers, has a superb collection of dances that perfectly matches the band’s breadth and variety. It’s great to see her back at Oxfolk again!

Chipping Norton Singers, directed by our old friend Cat Kelly, will be entertaining us at half time with some seasonal songs. Quite the perfect Christmas party, really!

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 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 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.



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