After last season being one of our best attended and most successful yet, we are very excited to tell you about the bands that will be playing at our monthly ceilidhs at Kennington Village Hall, starting this autumn.
Cat Kelly is the resident caller and we will be announcing different guest callers for each month who are drawn from those who have attended the Cat’s Calling Academy workshops in October and January.Could this be you?Why not find out more?
Sat 13th October -- The Diatonics with guest caller Lizzy Harrall
The Diatonics open the new season with some full-on melodeon-driven folk rock dance music.Look forward to dancing to some top tunes.Lizzy Harrall has called for many ceilidhs including with What’s Up Folk at Oxford Folk Festival in 2009.She is the first of the featured callers from Cat’s Calling Academy.
Sat 10th November -- Lebedek
This month features Lebedek, playing pan-European music. The four members of the band are all masters of their craft and include a Ukrainian accordionist, a Macedonian violinist, a Polish/Dutch/Jewish violinist, and a pure bred Englishman!
Sat 8th December -- Hekety
Hekety is a bit magic!Widely regarded as one of the best ceilidh bands currently playing the circuit, they formed at Sheffield University.Since then, they have become highly sort after for their unmistakable ability to play sublime dance music: fantastic tunes with the perfect rhythmical emphasis.
Sat 12thJanuary -- Haddo
Haddo is a new duo: Will Pound – famous for his phenomenal harmonica work – here plays melodeon with his wife Nicky Pound – a virtuoso viola player.Together, they create a rich, dark and exotic sound, drawing on baroque influences, twisted bluegrass and traditional English folk music.
Sat 9th February -- Blackbeard’s Tea Party
Blackbeard’s Tea Party is a high-energy and slightly anarchic band and were a hit at Sidmouth Folk Week, Shrewsbury and Chippenham Folk Festivals.They play funky folk tunes, saucy songs and have an infectious stage energy.They create a sound that is equal parts tasty, dramatic and danceable.And after all, they arrrgh the premier pirate ceilidh band in the country!
Sat 9th March -- Albireo
You only have to listen to this band to know how brilliant they are.Albireo’s tunes come from three continents and four centuries, ranging from 17th century Playford to modern tunes written by the band, and even a forró from Brazil.
“Grabs you by the ears in no uncertain way… a glorious sound.” EDS Magazine
Fri 19th – Sun 21st April -- Folk Weekend Oxford
Full details are to be announced, and Oxfolk will be helping make sure that the ceilidhs are better than ever.
Sat 11th May -- The Old Swan Band
To close the season we have the legendary and incomparable Old Swan Band.The 8-piece band boasts a trio of driving fiddles, a full raunchy brass section and rhythm from percussion and keyboards.The band was ground breaking when they started in the early 1970s and is still unique and at the cutting edge today!
Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are sold on the door at £9 or £6 concessions. Go to www.oxfolk.org.uk for full details.
Oxfolk Ceilidhs is interested in speaking welcoming new volunteers to help run the ceilidhs. If you are good at talking to people, selling tickets and stacking chairs and you would like to work for an hour a half you could earn: a free ticket for the rest of the evening, limitless tea or coffee and a free drink from the bar.
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.