Albireo

Mark the run-up to Christmas with a tinsel-bedecked ceilidh at Oxfolk! There will be fantastic dancing and a certain amount of cake, all to tunes provided by the fantastic Albireo.

Albireo boasts a huge repertoire of tunes, played with verve and stretching from 17th century English country dance music to American reels (via a few other places).

“Their tunes are played with gusto and whether they are fiddle driven foot stompers or concertina self penned subtle waltzes they deliver extremely danceable music all night.” Martyn Harvey (caller)

The line-up is: Tom Kitching (also of Pilgrim’s Way) on fiddle and mandolin, Howard Jones on melodeon, Anglo concertina and hammered dulcimer, Steve Hodgskiss on piano and English concertina, Peter Crowther on bass guitar and keyboard and Sean Bechhofer on guitar.

Albireo has just released their second album, Binary (… hey, just in time for some Christmas shopping – you’re sure to be able to buy a copy.)

This evening’s caller Lisa Heywood, one of the newer generation of callers, has a superb collection of dances that perfectly matches the band’s breadth and variety. It’s great to see her back at Oxfolk again!

Chipping Norton Singers, directed by our old friend Cat Kelly, will be entertaining us at half time with some seasonal songs. Quite the perfect Christmas party, really!

Tickets are available on the door: £10 adults, £7 concessions (12-17s, students, pensioners), £1 5-11s and free under 5s. See www.oxfolk.org.uk for details of family and group discounts.

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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