Topette!! - afternoon tea dance / bal at Kennington Village Centre - Sun 8th Sep, 4pm
Born out of friendship, the five-piece play naturally social music – for filling dancefloors, for listening, for drinking with friends – but don’t expect it to merge into the background. This is raunchy, up-all-night, joyously jugular-grabbing dance music.
Driven by the rhythmic boiler-room of Stradling’s gnarly bass, Buisse’s intuitive bodhrán playing and Cutting’s warm bottom end, the melodies burst out of the seams of this bedrock. With great big anthemic walls of sound, the vibe is ‘Party!’: Cartonnet’s glowing French piping and visceral tenor banjo, Delarre’s bright, bushy-tailed fiddle lines and Cutting’s dynamic accordion style. They are, quite literally, having a bal!
Join in the party! Topette!!
This an Oxfolk Extra event, promoted in association with Topette!! It's a dance where you can schottishe, bourrée and mazurka to your heart's content, but not a called dance like Oxfolk's usual ceilidhs. There are no reserved seats and you can sit and listen, as well. If you have mobility issues please let us know and we'll make sure you get a good view.
Drawing the season to a gloriously energetic close is The Old Chapel Band. Expect some of the best bouncy, rousing, swinging English country dance music and tunes to keep you on your toes. The band has its roots in Oxfordshire, taking its name from the place in Eynsham where they used to rehearse.
Keith Holloway leads the band on melodeon - you'll know him from Random, New BandAnglo, Monty's Maggot and April's special band. He's probably served you at Oxfolk's bar at some point, too! Oxfolk's own Heather White is on tenor sax - also of Mouse & Trousers, the Titanic House Band (swing, blues and covers) formerly of Monty's Maggot and April's band. (Music is what she does when she's not organising Oxfolk's stewards.) Taz Tarry is well known for his swaggering southern English style fiddle playing and you'll know him from the English String Band and Monty's Maggot. Toby Goss, who graced us in April with his fine singing, does the same this month on clarinet. He also plays with Jack's Maggot and dances with Eynsham Morris.
Fee Lock joins us call the dances. Fee is known for clear and concise instructions and a deliciously dry sense of humour, all served up with a cut glass accent and much elegance and poise.
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. There is licensed bar with real ale, wine and soft drinks.
Doors open 7.30pm, dance starts 8pm and ends 11.30pm
Kennington Village Hall, Kennington Road, Kennington, OX1 5PG
The next ceilidhs are our fund raisers for Folk Weekend: Oxford on Sat 13th April. That's 4pm for a Family and SEN ceilidh and again at 7.30pm for our usual evening do. The High Class Scratch Band are tuning up even now. Jane Bird is calling the dances and Toby Goss and friends from Eynsham Morris will be singing for our entertainment.
There is a fantastic line up of dances coming up this season at Oxfolk Ceilidhs, with a record breaking 11 dances happening between September and May.
Sunday 30th September sees the return of Blowzabella to Oxford, and an event which we and Folk Weekend Oxford are promoting together. This legendary pan-European band is in it's 40th glorious year and this is the last UK date in their tour. Expect to be whirled off your feet with an irresistible blend of ceilidh dances and European bourees, mazurkas, schottisches, and waltzes. Unusually for us, this is not only a Sunday event, but doors open at 4pm, to finish 8pm: the perfect end to your weekend! Book your tickets now at https://fao.yapsody.com/event/book/178211/1306721
Saturday 13th October - Boldwood + caller Jen Morgan: both are pioneers in their own way. Boldwood is acclaimed for magical interpretations of 17th and 18th century tunes. Jen is the power behind Coventry Zesty Playford and Coventry Zesty Contra (and many other projects) and has a real passion for making sure that everyone that wants to can enjoy dancing.
Saturday 10th November - Oxford NAGS + caller Lisa Purkiss: Oxford NAGS feature some of the finest purveyors English country dance music. Lisa is an established and energetic caller and we welcome her to Oxfolk for the first time.
Saturday 8th December - Christmas ceilidh with Cock and Bull and caller Mary Panton. Local heroes, Cock and Bull, take their name from that story about nonsense in Stony Stratford's pubs. Mary is a stalwart caller on the London scene and author of very many classic dances.
Saturday 12th January - Playford Liberation Front + caller Bob Morgan:expect 17th century rumbustiousness, jazz improv and some of the best fun you can have with your clothes on. Somehow, Bob is going to keep this all in order.
Saturday 9th February - the mighty Token Women: A supergroup, featuring some of the very best dance musicians in the country!
Saturday 9th March - Jigfoot + caller Ian Nichols. We're glad to welcome the highly entertaining Ian on his Oxfolk debut and the return of Jigfoot, after their last delightful appearance at Oxfolk.
Saturday 13th April - two ceilidhs, raising funds for Folk Weekend Oxford. FWO is having a year off in 2019, but we couldn't bear to not have a dance in April. Whilst we don't usually run a dance this month, we decided we'd have two to make up for it. There's a Family and SEN ceilidh from 4pm and an evening dance from 7.30 as usual. Some of the finest musicians in Oxfordshire are collaborating to form a High Class Scratch Band and Jane Bird will be calling the dances. We're asking for donations, this month, rather than charging a ticket price. After we've covered costs, what we raise goes straight to FWO.
Saturday 11th May - The Old Chapel Band + caller Fee Lock close the season with a great selection of English ceilidh music and dances. TOCB is rather wonderful and mostly Oxfordshire-based, featuring Keith Holloway on melodeons, Heather White on tennor sax, Taz Tarry on fiddle and Toby Goss on clarinet. The phenomenal Fee is a legend in her own lifetime and always makes sure we have a great time!
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
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 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.