Oxfolk

Oxfolk - New Bees + Jane Bird, Sat 14th May

New Bees
Oxfolk's last dance before the summer break is coming up on Sat 14th May, we'll finish our this season in style with New Bees, an exciting new band! This wonderful combination of experienced old hands gathered to play for Jackie Allen's son's 18th birthday in 2020 and it was such a joyful musical combination, they just had to do it again!
 
They are: Jackie Allen (Token Women, Asha) and Gemma Shirley (TRADarrr) lead the tunes: their twin fiddle sound is a force to be reckoned with. Heather Horsley (Old Swan Band, Token Women) on keyboards, and Guy Fletcher (Tickled Pink, The Simon Care Trio, TRADarrr, The Morris On Band, Little Johnny England) on guitar, make the most exquisite rhythm section.
 
In short, they have a frightening number of years of experience of playing music and gigs on the folk scene and beyond. A sound that will bring you joy and get you dancing.
 
Jane Bird, who is usually seen making cups of tea for the band and drawing the raffle, is delighted to have been pursued to call some smashing dances, to round off this extraordinary season of dances in Kennington. She takes care to choose dances that everyone can enjoy.
 
After this dance, we'll take a break for the summer.  But we'll see you again in the autumn for ceilidhs and bals with
Sun 11th Sep - Topette!!
Sat 8th Oct - Take The Biscuit with caller Lisa Heywood
Sun 27th Nov - Blowzabella

Oxfolk at Folk Weekend Oxford

 

Dancing at St Barnabas Church for Folk Weekend Oxford

Tickets are on sale now for Oxfolk's contribution to this year's Folk Weekend Oxford. Dancing takes place at the splendid St Barnabas Church, and Oxfolk has programmed some wonderful dances there for this year's Folk Weekend Oxford.

The evening of Friday 22nd April, 7pm sees the return of Oxford University Ceilidh Band to the festival. This lively ensemble features the best folk musicians and callers in the University. They play lots of classy tunes from Scottish and other Celtic nations, and with real verve and love for the music.

On Saturday 23rd April there are three dances you can attend!

At 11am our friends at Family Ceilidh Oxford bring us a Family and SEN Ceilidh, with dances called by Jane Bird. This is a fun, friendly and inclusive dance, suitable for families and people with special educational needs. Come enjoy some fun dances and fab tunes!

At 3pm it's a Reading Balfolk take-over. Balfolk is a style of traditional dancing popular not only in France, but also across Europe. Reading Balfolk's resident duo Shivelight is playing, along with Reading (and Oxford) regulars Heather White and Ravi Sawney.

The last dance is at 7pm, with the wonderful Jigfoot! The band approaches traditional dance tunes with energy, inventiveness and, above all, swing. They specialise in playing tunes from southern England and particularly their home county Hampshire. The energetic and engaging caller Ian Nichols will make sure we all have a terrific time dancing.

You can buy your tickets now from https://buytickets.at/oxfolkceilidhs/ Our usual flexible and realistic policy applies, about tickets and refunds because of Covid or Covid symptoms. See here for full details: http://oxfolk.org.uk/#covid-19

Jigfoot

Ceilidh with PolkaWorks + Aidan Hansell, Sat 12th March 2022

 

PolkaWorks

After last month's sell-out dance, Oxfolk is delighted to say that their next event is on Saturday 12th March, 7.30pm, with the ceilidh super group PolkaWorks. The line-up features the classiest and most influential of dance musicians. They like to pretend that they are best known for the shoe collection and taste for gin. But in fact Sue Harris (hammer dulcimer), Jeannie Harris (melodeon), Nina Hansell (fiddle), Katie Howson (melodeon and mouthorgans), Fi Fraser (fiddle) and Gareth Kiddier (piano) are all fabulous musicians who know exactly how to play precisely the right tunes to get us all dancing. When they’re not playing with PolkaWorks members of this band also play with Old Swan Band, The Bismarcks, The Oxford NAGS, The Watch, The Fraser Sisters, Katie’s Quartet and The Old Fashioned.
 
The band’s selection of traditional music, as well as some written by themselves, wins them admiration from all quarters:
“Great band with loads of wonderful tunes – what’s that tune? It’s great!” Alistair Anderson
 
Joining the party is charmingly cheerful caller Aidan Hansell, who matches just the right tunes to just the right dances.
 
Oxfolk has a flexible and realistic policy about tickets and refunds because of Covid or Covid-like symptoms. See here for full details: http://oxfolk.org.uk/#covid-19 If you have any questions please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Tickets are available in advance from oxfolk.org.uk.  If you want If you can't pay online, please contact us for other arrangements.
Ticket prices are: £13 standard, £8 concessions (eg unwaged, low income, students, pensioners), £2 5-17s and free for under 5s. We don't ask for proof of concession: if you can't afford to pay the standard price, you are eligible for a concession, no questions asked. Contact us for details of group discounts.
 
There is a licensed bar with bottled ale, cider, wine and soft drinks.

Oxfolk is back with Bosun Higgs + Mary Panton

Bosun Higgs + Mary Panton - Sat 12th Feb, 7.30pm
 
Our first night back in Kennington for nearly 2 years is going to be a great night. Please do support us and the performers by buying your tickets in advance, available from oxfolk.org.uk
 
Bosun Higgs
 
Bosun Higgs makes the most delightful, rumbumptious dance music, with a healthy dose of oomph, swing and lift. They play music you can’t help but want to dance to and we are very glad to see them at Oxfolk. They are Taz Tarry on fiddle, Carly Rose on percussion, Keith Holloway on melodeon, Neil Gledhill on bass saxophone, and Martin Banks on banjo. With long-established track records in well-respected combos including Old Swan Band, Token Women, Random, and Grand Union, we know that we are in safe hands!
 
Mary Panton at Oxfolk [photo credit Keith Holloway]
Mary Panton is a highly respected and busy caller, and much in demand too. She has a lovely, relaxed and easy manner and above all she makes sure everyone has a great time!

Oxfolk has a flexible and realistic policy about tickets and refunds because of Covid or Covid symptoms. See here for full details: http://oxfolk.org.uk/#covid-19

If you have any questions please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Tickets are available in advance (see ticket link above). If you can't pay online, please contact us for other arrangements.
Ticket prices are: £13 standard, £8 concessions (eg unwaged, low income, students, pensioners), £2 5-17s and free for under 5s. We don't ask for proof of concession: if you can't afford to pay the standard price, you are eligible for a concession, no questions asked. Contact us for details of group discounts.
 
There is a licensed bar with bottled ale, cider, wine and soft drinks.
 
 

Cancelled Jan Ceilidh

CANCELLED
Ceilidh with Diatonics and caller Hannah Moore, Sat 8th Jan
 
We've made the decision to cancel, partly because of ongoing uncertainty with Covid-19, and partly because of low ticket sales. Tickets holders will be contacted.  We will rebook this fantastic band as soon as we can!
 
Our next event is on Sat 12th Feb with Bosun Higgs and caller Mary Panton, we are very much looking forward to being able to run a safe and viable event - please buy your tickets in advance, and we'll be dancing together soon!

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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