Written by Oxfolk Ceilidhs
Banter - the trio with a huge sound - the world’s smallest big band!
They are Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and vocals and Tim Walker on drums, percussion, brass and vocals. They are rooted in English traditional music, yet also incorporate influences from pop, jazz, soul and big band. With ridiculously danceable tunes and cool vibes we are going to have the best time dancing to them.
“Unmistakeable pumping melodeon, screaming brass and visceral vocals!” – Jack Rutter (Seth Lakeman Band)
“Funky brass, unexpected jazz chords, thought-provoking songs” – Jude Abbott (Chumbawamba)
Our caller is Barry Goodman, with his trademark reassuring manner and brilliant way of explaining dances quickly and clearly. Banter and Barry worked together at Oxfolk in January 2020 and we are delighted to have them back together again. Barry has adapted dances for 1 to 4 people, that work well when danced at home, so push back the furniture, pour yourselves a drink and come and have a laugh.
Oxfolk's online ceilidhs are brilliant for people of all ages and we love to see the inventive and joyous dancing from the families, groups of housemates, solo dancers and couples that join us for an evening of collective fun.
This event is held in association with #LiveToYourLivingRoom
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Written by Oxfolk Ceilidhs
Frog on a Bike, Fee Lock and the Hansell Family
Oxfolk is back with a fun ceilidh you can enjoy from home. This is a special event to support our friends at Wallingford Bunkfest - Oxfolk will donate the profits from this ceilidh to BunkFest, to help make sure that this wonderful festival happens again next year.
Gather your household together in your kitchen, living room, garden, wherever there is room, log into Zoom and enjoy the fantastic music of Frog on a Bike. The fabulous Fee Lock is our caller, and will be adapting dances for couples, small groups and solo dancers. Fee always explains the dance moves clearly, whilst simultaneously channelling rock goddess class in a cut-glass accent!
Frog on a Bike is coming to you live from Cambridgeshire. They're rooted in English folk music, but you’ll also hear lots of tunes written by the band. Featuring lively melodeon, recorder and strings, their acoustic “two households only” line-up is still a big sound guaranteed to getyou up and dancing. They are
- Tom on melodeon. He is lead musician with the morris side Chiltern Hundreds Northwest Morris and has many times been Whitlesey's Straw Bear (just you ask him, he'll tell you all about it)
- Sarah on recorders is also the lead musician for Rockingham Rapper, and can play Speed the Plough in 17.5 seconds – with an award from Whitby Folk Week to prove it!
- Tim plays fiddle and other stringed instruments. He has played previously for Cambridge University Ceilidh Band, is a well-versed morris musician and dancer and also makes violins.
Half time entertainment comes from Wallingford residents and Albert, Evelyn, Nina and Aidan Hansell. Between them all they comprise members of local morris side and BunkFest regulars, Old Speckled Hen, as well the prestigious National Youth Folklore Troupe of England, and supergroup ceilidh band PolkaWorks.
Book your tickets at https://buytickets.at/oxfolkceilidhs