Oxfolk

Oxfolk Ceilidh Sat 10th May with The Cock and Bull Band + caller Michael Catovsky +Tangle Steps

 
To round off the season we have the Cock and Bull Band, boasting over 30 years of professional experience on the folk scene. This favourite ceilidh band pioneered French and European music on the ceilidh-scene in the late 1970s and -80s. As well as experimenting with electronic sounds, Cock and Bull has a brilliant repertoire of irresistibly danceable tunes. The band is perfectly paired with versatile caller Michael Catovsky.

During the interval the young band Tangle Steps will be entertaining us. The band played at Folk Weekend Oxford last week, and we are in for a treat.

There is a licensed bar selling top quality real ale, real cider, wines and soft drinks. Doors open at 7.30pm for the ceilidh which starts 8pm. Kennington Village Hall is opposite The Tandem public house, OX1 5PG. Tickets are available on the door and are priced £9 for adults and £6 concessions (students, pensioners) and families (2 adults and 2 children) are £25. For further information go to www.oxfolk.org.uk, call/text 07866 804220 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sat 8th March - Rockhopper Morris + Oxfolk Ceilidh with Brio

Dance All Day in Kennington on Sat 8th March
 
Rockhopper Morris and Oxfolk Ceilidhs are collaborating, to put on an entire day of dancing at Kennington Village Hall on Saturday 8th March.
 
Between 2 and 6pm, Rockhopper Morris is running a workshop offering a chance to learn Raglan morris dances from guests Bantam Cocks as well as some of Rockhopper's own dances. This is a rare opportunity to learn these quite beautiful, flowing dances using a triple step.
 

 
Then at 7.30pm doors open for a ceilidh with the band Brio. The trip formed by Dave Jolly on melodeon (also Asha), Heather Horsley on piano and flute (also Token Women and Old Swan Band) and Paul Burgess (also Old Swan Band and English String Band). Collectively they have more ceilidh band experience than you could shake a stick at. They bring energy and vigour to their music and we are sure to be in for a wonderful night’s dancing. The most marvellous Nick Walden is calling and explaining the dances.
 

Penny Kempson, a young, impressive and engaging fiddler and singer from Brackley and member of the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England, is our interval entertainer.

Bought separately, tickets for the the morris workshop are £5 (£2.50 for students) and for the ceilidh £9 (£6 concessions).  As a special offer for this month, anyone attending the Rockhopper Morris Workshop can get into Oxfolk for £8.

Tickets are available on the door at Kennington Village Hall is opposite The Tandem public house, OX1 5PG. In the evening, a licenced bar will available selling real ale, real cider and soft drinks.  For further information on the morris workshop contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.m and go to find out more about Oxfolk, go to www.oxfolk.org.uk call/text 07866 80422007866 804220 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Oxfolk Euroceilidh Sat 8th Feb with MoltenAmba + Jo Freya + Hereburgh Morris

MoltenAmba plays English folk with world rhythms and jazz sensibilities. This band brings together some of the best English talents in folk, world, blues and jazz in one delectable dance band. They are Richard Jones – accordion (Climax Ceilidh Band, Angles), Chris Walshaw – pipes and whistles (also Climax Ceilidh Band, Angles), Bruce Knapp – guitar (too many bands to mention but including the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain), Dudley Phillip – double bass (has performed with June Tabor, Andy Shepherd and Womack and Womack) and Martyn Barker – drums and percussion (has recorded and performed with Marianne Faithful, Billy Bragg and Ray Davies). Their fascinating, new EP Extended Play is here for listening to and downloading.

This evening is a Euro-ceilidh, so the dances will include many English ceilidh favourites as well some French and other European dances. Quite the best caller for the evening is Jo Freya, caller (and saxophonist) with Blowzabella and Token Women. Our interval entertainment is provided by Hereburgh Morris, a wonderful and innovative side from Harbury in Warwickshire.
 
There is a licensed bar selling top quality real ale, real cider, wines and soft drinks. Doors open at 7.30pm for the ceilidh which starts 8pm. Kennington Village Hall is opposite The Tandem public house, OX1 5PG. Tickets are available on the door and are priced £9 for adults and £6 concessions (students, pensioners) and families (2 adults and 2 children) are £25. For further information go to www.oxfolk.org.uk, call/text 07866 804220 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Offer no 1 for February

If you bring a friend who has never been to Oxfolk before, we will give you £1 off your ticket.

Special Offer no 2 for Groups

We have a new group ticket deal - £10 for a ceilidh ticket and a pint or glass of wine from the bar(A pint of beer or cider or 175 ml of wine is £2.60.)  If you want to plan a works night out, a social evening for a club you belong to, or birthday party for your friends and family get in touch on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This special offer is on until May this year.

Oxfolk Ceilidh 11th January - with Triptych + Phil Bassindale + Fool's Gambit Morris

 
Triptych is Cat Kelly on fiddle, Oli Matthews (of Cupola) on sax and melodeon and Pete Ord on guitar. The trio draws its material from a variety of sources – largely English and English-style tunes (including some self-penned). However, their search for awesome tunes has taken them further into Europe and the current set list includes a waltz from Belgium and a Swedish schottis.  For a sneak preview, listen here http://www.reverbnation.com/triptychceilidhband

"One of the best bands I saw all week [at Sidmouth FolkWeek]" - Richard Arrowsmith - Hekety, Glorystrokes, The Melrose Quartet

Phil Bassindale takes his usual dynamic and charming approach to calling the dances tonight. To top things off, the splendid and unforgettable Fool’s Gambit Morris are here to show us how fantastic Cotswold morris can be.

There is a licensed bar selling top quality real ale, real cider, wines and soft drinks. Doors open at 7.30pm for the ceilidh which starts 8pm. Kennington Village Hall is opposite The Tandem public house, OX1 5PG. Tickets are available on the door and are priced £9 for adults and £6 concessions (students, pensioners) and families (2 adults and 2 children) are £25. For further information go to www.oxfolk.org.uk, call/text 07866 804220 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cat's Calling Academy Workshop, Sat 8th - Sun 9th Feb 2014

Cat's Calling Academy Workshopwith expert callers Fee Lock, Barry Goodman, Andrew Swaine, Jo Freya and Cat Kelly

 

Cat's Calling Academy offers a unique opportunity for callers to develop and showcase their talents, as well as reflect on and hone their calling skills in a supportive environment, and receive input and feedback from some of the country's top ceilidh callers and musicians. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in calling, whether a complete beginner or more experienced.

"Excellent workshop, lots of information put across in a friendly, non-patronising and often amusing way."
"As an absolute beginner I am finding the course enormously helpful and informative."

Calling Workshops

Oxfolk will be hosting a weekend calling workshop Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February 2014. The weekend will be run by Cat Kelly, with guest callers Fee Lock, Andrew Swaine, Barry Goodman, and Jo Freya. The workshops are open to anyone, regardless of experience or background, and will specifically focus on calling on the current English ceilidh and festival scene. Come for the whole weekend, and you can enjoy a Saturday night Euro-ceilidh with MoltenAmba and caller Jo Freya.

These workshops will feature discussions in small groups, a whole group open forum, and the chance to call a dance with live music from Richard Jones and Bruce Knapp (of MoltenAmba) and receive feedback from Cat and the guest callers. They will be held at Kennington Village Hall, Oxfolk’s usual home.

One to One Mentoring

After the Febuary workshop weekend, four of the participants will be invited to work closely with one of the experienced callers to prepare for calling with them at an Oxfolk ceilidh during the 2014-15 season. This is a truly unique opportunity to call at a well-established ceilidh series, with the support and help of an experienced caller.

Since it's launch in 2010 CCA has gained a reputation for introducing new callers to the English Ceilidh scene, with many previous participants going on to call at festivals and other national ceilidh series.

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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