After a very busy season in 2022-23, and 5 sell-out ceilidhs, we're really excited to announced what we've got planned for the coming season! Tickets for October's ceilidh with Granny's Attic and caller Erin Mansfield are on sale already from oxfolk.org.uk. We're really looking forward to seeing you back at Kennington Village Centre.
Oxfolk has been involved with Folk Weekend: Oxford since its beginnings in 2012, and we are delighted to be running dances again at the splendid and beautiful St Barnabas Church in Jericho again. Tickets for all events are on sale now from https://www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk
Here's a summary of all of our dance events at St Barnabas. For more details, including access information, follow the ticket links.
Fri 14th April
Ceilidh: Geckoes with caller Sheena Masson
Doors 7pm, dance 7.15 - 10pm
Photo credit Dick Wolff
Geckoes is a longstanding Oxfordshire favourite ceilidh band. They formed in the 1990s, coming out of the busy session scene in Eynsham. In Oxfolk's 40th anniversary year, we are particularly proud to feature Geckoes' fiddler, Caroline Butler who is one of the original founders of Oxfolk. As well as Caroline, band is Andy Turner on anglo concertina, Matt Quinn on melodeons, Andy Cheyne on bass guitar, acoustic guitar, fiddle and mandolin, and Tom Miller on keyboards, mandola and electric guitar. They are joined by the living legend that is Sheena Masson, one of the best callers on the circuit.
Doors 10.15am, dance 10.30am - 12pm Organised in partnership with Family Ceilidh Oxford
This is a fun, friendly and inclusive dance, suitable for families and people with special educational needs with music provided by Family Ceilidh Oxford. Non-gendered calls will be used. £6 / £4 Click here for details and tickets
Callers' Workshop with Steph West and Guerrilla Ceilidh
Doors 12.45pm, workshop 1.00 - 3.30pm
Fancy a chance to learn more about calling dances, with an opportunity to try out your ideas with a live band and dancers? Perhaps you’re new to calling or perhaps you’ve got some experience but would like some feedback from an experienced caller. You will be able to discuss different approaches to calling dances, try out techniques, and, if you would like to, call a dance in the second part of the workshop. There will be no pressure to do this, but there will be lots of encouragement and support if you would like to.
Steph West is a musician, educator and caller. She’s best known as a harpist, and has extensive experience of teaching. As caller she works with Guerrilla Ceilidh, amongst other bands. Guerrilla Ceilidh play exciting and captivating Irish tunes, with energy and verve. £8 Click here for details and tickets - this ticket includes the showcase ceilidh
Ceilidh: Callers' Showcase Ceilidh with Guerrilla Ceilidh and callers from the earlier workshop
Doors 2.15pm, dance 2.30 - 3.30pm
Dance to Guerrilla Ceilidh and callers new to Folk Weekend Oxford, led by Steph West. Guerrilla Ceilidh play exciting and captivating Irish tunes, with energy and verve. Some callers may be calling their first dance in public, others will be more experienced but have not appeared at FWO before. Come enjoy a unique ceilidh and support some of the calling stars of the future. There may be a mixture of gendered and non-gendered calls.
Bal: led by Helen Gentile and Lewis Wood, and including all musicians
Dance 4.00 - 6.00pm
Organised in partnership with Balfolk Oxford
This is a cosy bal minuscule led by clarinet and fiddle duo, Helen Gentile and Lewis Wood - come and join in a friendly and easygoing introduction to French social dancing, with live music and a relaxed atmosphere, organised by Balfolk Oxford. Newcomers welcome - look for people with Happy To Help badges, they’ll explain everything! We have the wonderful Helen and Lewis playing for the first half, and all comers playing in the second half.There is a collection of donations on the door, with these monies paying venue hire and going to Helen and Lewis. Donations Click here for details
Ceilidh: Narthen including callers Jo Freya and Fi Fraser
Doors 7pm, dance 7.15 - 10pm
Narthen is an exciting, joyous and sometimes surprising quartet of family and friends: Jo Freya on sax, clarinet and whistles, Fi Fraser on fiddle and hammered dulcimer, Sarah Matthews on viola and fiddle, and Doug Eunson on melodeon. They are all superb dance musicians, interpreters of traditional tunes, and composers. Collectively they are also members of bands such as Token Women, Old Swan Band, Moirai and Cupola. Non-gendered calls will be used. £14 / £9 / £3 Click here for details and tickets
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.