Oxfolk

Oxfolk Ceilidh 14th March - Cat Kelly & Pete Ord

Triptych playing at Oxfolk

Cat Kelly and Pete Ord are two-thirds of Triptych, who went down a storm at Oxfolk last year. These experienced dance-musicians play a range of traditional and more modern tunes on fiddle and guitar. You will also recognise Pete from his playing with The Ship Band and Cat as a caller, Festival Director of Folk Weekend Oxford and from her days of organising Oxfolk.

They are joined by caller Sheena Masson, a caller with a fantastic collection of dances and a lovely on-stage manner. With this trio of ceilidh-expertise, we are in for a smashing night.

Old Speckled Hen North West Morris, Abingdon’s clog morris side, will make their impression at half-time. Their precision dancing is always a joy to watch.

There is a licensed bar serving real ales, 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 Ceilidhs - Sat 10th Jan - Melobo + Barry Goodman + Phill Moxley + Armaleggan

To start the year afresh we have Melobo with their distinctive and mellifluous blend of melodeon and oboe. Based in Wantage, the band has made a name for itself playing Wallingford BunkFest, White Horse Ceilidhs and Folk Festival and Red Fox Ceilidhs in Leicester. Drawing on musical influences from the baroque to rock, their tunes are characterised by an irresistible danciness. The usual trio line-up of Graham Hubbard (melodeon and fiddle), Charlotte Pascoe (oboe and recorder) and Howard Hill (bass and tenor guitars) is augmented by drummer Adam Courthold (also of Ceilidhography).

Melobo at Wallingford BunkFest 2014 (photo credit Jamie Hill)

Barry Goodman introduces highly entertaining caller Phill Moxley, who has come to prominence with ceilidh band Threepenny Bit. The unmistakable and striking border morris side, Armaleggan, join us from just up the road at Cumnor. It’s great to have them back to dance during the interval.

Doors open at 7.30pm, and tickets can be bought on the door at £10 for adults and £7 for concessions, with special deals for students, families and groups.  You can find Kennington Village Hall, opposite The Tandem pub, on Kennington Road, Kennington, OX1 5PG.  The no 35 bus stops yards away and car parking is available.

Oxfolk - Sat 13th Dec - Steamchicken + Fee Lock + Louise Wells + Towersey Morris Mummers Play

Looking for a Christmas party with a twist?  Oxfolk's ceilidh with Steamchicken has all the right ingredients!  Kennington Village Hall will hopping on Saturday 13th December with Steamchicken's unique brand of jazzy-bluesy-folky ceilidh fun. These 7 talented and versatile musicians bring musical genres together in a way that shouldn't work but does. Piano, harmonica, melodeon, and percussion combine with a tightly knit horn section to provide entertainment that goes way beyond a dance.  The Times describes the band as "a mulch of jazz, folk and American hoedown - hilarious" and fRoots simply says "Good noisy fun". 

Steamchicken

Fee Lock, the mistress of ceilidh calling, introduces caller Louise Wells, whose sparky personality shines out. These two lovely ladies will guide you through the dances, explaining the moves and making sure that you have a fantastic evening.

During the interval, grab yourself a pint and enjoy a mummers play - a traditional Christmas play - performed by Towersey Morris Men, famed for the topical references they put in.  As always at Christmas, Oxfolk will be taking a collection for charity, this year for Towersey's chosen causes The Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases and The Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

The seasonal theme extends to you, of course, and if you'd like to get dressed up in something Christmasy, that would be great!

Doors open at 7.30pm, and tickets can be bought on the door at £10 for adults and £7 for concessions, with special deals for students, families and groups.  You can find Kennington Village Hall, opposite The Tandem pub, on Kennington Road, Kennington, OX1 5PG.  The no 35 bus stops yards away and car parking is available.

Oxfolk - Sat 8th Nov - Bedlam + Andrew Swaine + Sarah Clough + Rockhopper Morris

Bedlam plays powerful, fiery and inspiring music, both original and traditional tunes and influenced by English and French styles. They are one of the most highly acclaimed dance bands on the ceilidh circuit. The line up features Bryony Griffith on fiddle, Will Hampson on melodeon and bass (both also members of the cast of the stage show The Lock In and the band The Demon Barbers), Drew McKinley on guitars and didgeridoo and Ross McKinley on percussion.

Bedlam

The well-respected and versatile caller Andrew Swaine introduces Sarah Clough, who has worked with bands in the West Midlands and North West.

Last season, Rockhopper Morris ran a fantastic morris workshop about some of the dances they perform. This month gives us the chance to see the skillful and unusual dances in their repertoire.

Licensed bar serving real ales, 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 Ceilidhs new season 2014-15

October saw a smashing start to Oxfolk's latest season of fabulous ceilidhs.  Tautas Roks, a young band from Northamptonshire, treated us to some terrific tunes, played with fresh energy and obvious enjoyment.  We were very pleased to see the return of caller Dave Hunt, who always pleases with his irreverent humour and excellent selection of dances.  Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers performed at half-time to a rapt audience.  And finally, congratulations are due to all who managed to drink the bar pretty much dry!

Dancing to Tautas Roks and Dave Hunt, 11th Oct 2014


So, what have we got coming up next?  We've got Bedlam on a return visit, bringing the cool, edgy sound of Yorkshire.  Steamchicken is the trad jazzy, bluesy, folk ceilidh band of the moment, and the obvious choice for your Christmas party ceilidh night.  Melobo is a new and original band from Wantage, bringing a touch of classical elegance to their fantastic choice of tunes.  Rookwood offer a more Celtic flavour with music from Scotland and Ireland.  New BandAnglo is a revival and re-envisioning of classic folk rock English dance music.  Finally, Haddo close the season with their unique viola and melodeon duo.  We've got an excellent selection of callers and interval spots, too, and for more details, please visit our website at www.oxfolk.org.uk

Sat 8th November
Bedlam with callers Andrew Swaine and Sarah Clough
spot from Rockhopper Morris

Sat 13th December
Christmas with Steamchicken with callers Fee Lock and Louise Wells
mummers play from Towersey Morris

Sat 10th January
Melobo with callers Barry Goodman and Phill Moxley

Sat 14th February
Rookwood with caller Lisa Heywood
dance spot from Fire Clog

Sat 14th March
New BandAnglo with caller Will Hall
morris spot from Old Speckled Hen

Sat 9th May
Haddo with callers Jo Freya and Daisy Black
song spot from Rising Voices

Venue: Kennington Village Hall, OX1 5PG just outside Oxford and on the no 35 bus route
Timings: doors from 7.30pm for dancing 8 - 11.30pm
Tickets: on the door adults £10, concessions £7, discounts available for families, groups of 10+ and student groups of 6+
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www.oxfolk.org.uk

Oxfolk

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.

www.oxfolk.org.uk

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