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18 Oct

Dancers

Explore England's social folk dance heritage. Led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

 

Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, has now released 3 albums 2 ep’s and toured widely around the globe.

 

Irish Set Dancing

Enjoy Ireland's popular folk dance in a welcoming environment. All levels catered for in this friendly group.

 

19 Oct

Tea Dance

Cecil Sharp House, London

Waltz, foxtrot, tango and rumba the afternoon away!

 

Friday Feet

Cecil Sharp House, London

Embrace the traditional folk dances from many countries. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. No need to bring a partner.

 

fileGumbo

Your chance to experience and take part in a real Cajun dance party! No previous experience necessary. Most events begin with a dance class followed by a different live Cajun band each month.

 

Knees Up Cecil Sharp!

Energetic evenings of folk dancing. A mixture of established and up-and-coming bands, mostly playing in the English ceilidh style.

 

20 Oct

Discover your inner folk! Fun, welcoming and expertly taught workshops at different levels in accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, melodeon, penny whistle and mixed instrument classes.

 

Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra – 30th Anniversary Gala Gatsby Concert. From the Charleston of the 1920s through the beautiful classic songs of the 1930s, to swing and jazz mayhem, Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra present a night of musical razzle-dazzle, featuring some of the greatest music of the jazz age. We will transport you back to a world of sophistication, glitz and glamour, delighting your senses with the flapper fun and frolics of the 1920s! 

 

21 Oct

Bert Jansch

 Learn to play Bert Jansch’s special riffs, vamps and elements and some of his iconic compositions.

 

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

22 Oct

English Country Dancing

Fortnightly classes for the connoisseur of English social folk dance. 

 

Morena Slovak Dance Company

Your chance to learn from a professionally trained Slovak traditional dancer.

 

23 Oct

Cecil Sharp House, London

Have fun, increase your fitness and improve your dance skills whilst learning Cotswold morris dances. Led by tutor Andy Richards and accompanied by live music.

 

Long established and much-loved folk club, with monthly guest nights. Floor singers always welcome.

 

24 Oct

For disabled 12–24 year olds and their friends

Explore and create folk music and song together in an inclusive, sensory environment.  All abilities and levels of experience welcome. No prior experience of playing music required.

 

Bella Hardy

This autumn, Bella takes to the road with only her two fiddles and harmonium for company, stripping back the instrumentation from her latest record to return the songs to their newly written forms, and performing solo with the ‘Hey Sammy’ Acoustic Tour.

 

25 Oct

GYFO!

Cecil Sharp House, London

A two day course running across Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October.

Juniors (7–11 year olds) | Youth (12–19 year olds) 

Through a focus on folk music, song and dance, Get Your Folk On! courses offer young musicians the chance to improve on their performance and playing. 

 

Irish Set Dancing

Enjoy Ireland's popular folk dance in a welcoming environment. All levels catered for in this friendly group.

 

Each year, the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) brings together winners and finalists from the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition as the TMSA Young Trad Tour to recording CD and visit their home towns and other locations. 

 

Dancers

Explore England's social folk dance heritage. Led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

 

26 Oct

GYFO!

Cecil Sharp House, London

A two day course running across Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October.

Juniors (7–11 year olds) | Youth (12–19 year olds) 

Through a focus on folk music, song and dance, Get Your Folk On! courses offer young musicians the chance to improve on their performance and playing. 

 

Friday Feet

Cecil Sharp House, London

Embrace the traditional folk dances from many countries. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. No need to bring a partner.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

Get a taste of Scotland in London. There will be a foot stomping band leading you through the moves. Suitable for those who are absolute beginners or advanced dancers.

 

27 Oct

Dance Around the World

This community festival celebrates traditional dance cultures from all over the world. 

 

28 Oct

Dance Around the World

This community festival celebrates traditional dance cultures from all over the world. 

 

29 Oct

Morena Slovak Dance Company

Your chance to learn from a professionally trained Slovak traditional dancer.

 

Folk Choir

Explore choral folk song arrangements in a relaxed and friendly environment.

 

30 Oct

Cecil Sharp House, London

Have fun, increase your fitness and improve your dance skills whilst learning Cotswold morris dances. Led by tutor Andy Richards and accompanied by live music.

 

Long established and much-loved folk club, with monthly guest nights. Floor singers always welcome.

 

31 Oct

Fiddle School

Improve your fiddle playing in a friendly group, led by Pete Cooper, who teaches fiddle playing by ear.

 

Will Duke

Will Duke lives in rural Sussex, plays the Anglo concertina, and sings English traditional songs.

 

01 Nov

Ashley Hutchings MBE, known as the Guv'nor of Folk Rock in this country, is involved in many creative projects, both live & recorded. Most recently he has put together a new and entertaining words and music show entitled The Beginnings of Fairport Convention.

 

Irish Set Dancing

Enjoy Ireland's popular folk dance in a welcoming environment. All levels catered for in this friendly group.

 

Dancers

Explore England's social folk dance heritage. Led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

 

02 Nov

Friday Feet

Cecil Sharp House, London

Embrace the traditional folk dances from many countries. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. No need to bring a partner.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

Get a taste of Scotland in London. There will be a foot stomping band leading you through the moves. Suitable for those who are absolute beginners or advanced dancers.

 

03 Nov

Discover your inner folk! Fun, welcoming and expertly taught workshops at different levels in accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, melodeon, penny whistle and mixed instrument classes.

 

04 Nov

FamilyDance

Bring the entire family and take part in lively dances from the British Isles in a supportive and fun environment! Live music inspires the dancing and expert callers guide the moves with simple instructions.

 

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

Youth Ceilidh

Cecil Sharp House, London

Dance your socks off to some energetic live English ceilidh music with caller Ben Moss and live musicians.