- Written by Oxfolk Ceilidhs
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!
Keep an eye out on http://www.oxfolk.org.uk for more details.