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25 Sep

Morena Slovak Dance Company

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

 

The Prometheus Trust

Philosophy as understood by the Platonic tradition was not only a way of life, but an inner path - a means for discovering and bringing into conscious activity the “divine part of the human.”

 

26 Sep

Cecil Sharp House, London

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. Led by tutor Andy Richards.

 

Travelling with Thomas

Travellling with Thomas is the beginning of a new folk musical, exploring traditional legend, Thomas the Rhymer.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

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

 

27 Sep

Fiddle School

Cecil Sharp House, London

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

 

Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer with a brand new studio album Forgotten Kingdom, released by Hands On Music on February 19th 2016, and a supporting tour. 

 

28 Sep

Dancers

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

 

Irish Set Dancing

Cecil Sharp House, London

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

 

29 Sep

30 Sep

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

 

Martin & Eliza Carthy

The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy, join forces to perform songs from their first duo album ever, a CD of traditional material entitled THE ELEPHANT, which was released in May 2014 on Topic Records.

 

01 Oct

Bert Jansch Guitar Workshop

A one day acoustic folk guitar workshop in London.

Leaders, Jon Riley and Thomas Fairhurst, present insights into the elements of Bert’s guitar playing and advice on how to achieve them.  

 

Consort de Danse Baroque

Court dances from 1650 to 1750. Classes will look at steps and patterns of dances including the minuet, sarabande and bourée.

 

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

02 Oct

Folk Choir

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

 

Morena Slovak Dance Company

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

 

03 Oct

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. Led by tutor Andy Richards.

 

Camden Clog

Cecil Sharp House, London

Learn Lancashire clog dancing, a great northern British tradition, alive and kicking in the south. Classes are suitable for beginners and there’s no need to bring a partner.

 

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

 

04 Oct

Fiddle School

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

 

This event is a special London preview performance of the songs from Kings of the South Seas' upcoming ‘Franklin' album which will be released in early 2018. The evening will be accompanied by a film of footage and imagery based on the themes of the content directed by Adam Clitheroe.

 

05 Oct

Irish Heritage logo

This performance tells the story of Canon James Goodman and the journey of this collection to the 21st century.

 

Dancers

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

 

Irish Set Dancing

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

 

06 Oct

Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs

Researchers have long been fascinated by the recurrence of tunes in all manner of musical styles and genres, performance contexts, levels of society, historical periods, and geographical locations. But how are we to understand this phenomenon? The 21st century has seen a renewal of interest in the history and comparative study of melody, and the study of musical perception and memory.

 

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.

 

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.

 

07 Oct

Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs

Researchers have long been fascinated by the recurrence of tunes in all manner of musical styles and genres, performance contexts, levels of society, historical periods, and geographical locations. But how are we to understand this phenomenon? The 21st century has seen a renewal of interest in the history and comparative study of melody, and the study of musical perception and memory.

 

08 Oct

Cecil Sharp House, London

A Musical Journey Around the British Isles

Presented by The London Cello Society in collaboration with EFDSS

 

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.

 

09 Oct

Come and play folk dance tunes from the British Isles and associated traditions.

 

The Prometheus Trust

Philosophy as understood by the Platonic tradition was not only a way of life, but an inner path - a means for discovering and bringing into conscious activity the “divine part of the human.”

 

10 Oct

Cecil Sharp House, London

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. Led by tutor Andy Richards.

 

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

 

11 Oct

Fiddle School

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

 

Germa Adan

Cecil Sharp House, London

Musician, composer and singer-songwriter, Germa aims to inspire and use music to share stories and messages of love and hope.

 

12 Oct

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.

 

Sivu

sivu: Born in the sleepy town of St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, but moving to London to pursue music, 24-year-old James Page struggled to adapt to the capital.

 

13 Oct

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.

 

14 Oct

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

 

Balkanplus

Cecil Sharp House, London

A regular Balkan dance event bringing lively Eastern European folk dance to newcomers and enthusiasts. Each event is led by a different MC and includes a sprinkling of popular dances from other parts of the world.

 

American-style contras and squares - with a few traditional and modern numbers thrown in for good measure.

 

15 Oct

Quadrille Club

Cecil Sharp House, London

Enjoy 19th century dance in a social setting, rather than an intensive teaching class. Suitable for dancers with mixed abilities.

 

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

16 Oct

Folk Choir

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

 

Morena Slovak Dance Company

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

 

17 Oct

Cecil Sharp House, London

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. Led by tutor Andy Richards.

 

Camden Clog

Cecil Sharp House, London

Learn Lancashire clog dancing, a great northern British tradition, alive and kicking in the south. Classes are suitable for beginners and there’s no need to bring a partner.

 

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

 

18 Oct

Fiddle School

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

 

Young Waters

Cecil Sharp House, London

Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical violin solos and finely mastered acoustic guitar.

 

19 Oct

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.

 

Happy Traum

With colorful anecdotes and incisive memories, and the aid of vintage photos and music clips, Happy Traum relates some of his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival; his arrest for civil disobedience; his participation in what has become known as the “Great Folk Singer’s Riot” in Washington Square; and his friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day.

 

20 Oct

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.

 

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.

 

21 Oct

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

 

22 Oct

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

23 Oct

Fun With Folk Dance

Cecil Sharp House, London

A lively day of folk dance, music and song for 6–8 year olds.

 

Morena Slovak Dance Company

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

 

The Prometheus Trust

Philosophy as understood by the Platonic tradition was not only a way of life, but an inner path - a means for discovering and bringing into conscious activity the “divine part of the human.”

 

24 Oct

GYFO! Juniors

An exciting introduction to all things folk for 9–12 year olds.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. Led by tutor Andy Richards.

 

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

 

25 Oct

GYFO!

Cecil Sharp House, London

A creative folk course for 12–19 year olds.

 

Ballad Chats

Cecil Sharp House, London

Join these friendly informal discussions about folk ballads.

 

Laura and Ted take a no-nonsense approach to traditional English folk song, taking their cues from revival singers such as Frankie Armstrong, Peter Bellamy and the Watersons. With repertoire drawn from their homes in the North West and East Anglia, expect strong vocals, tight harmonies and unfussy arrangements of songs sung with passion.

 

26 Oct

GYFO!

Cecil Sharp House, London

A creative folk course for 12–19 year olds.

 

A creative folk workshop for disabled 12-24 year olds, their siblings and friends.

 

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.

 

27 Oct

GYFO!

A creative folk course for 12–19 year olds.

 

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.

 

28 Oct

Dance Around the World

Dance Around The World is a two-day celebration of traditional dance from all over the world.

 

29 Oct

Dance Around the World

Dance Around The World is a two-day celebration of traditional dance from all over the world.

 

30 Oct

31 Oct

Cecil Sharp House, London

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. Led by tutor Andy Richards.

 

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

 

01 Nov

Fiddle School

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

 

Pagoda Project

Cecil Sharp House, London

Paul Hutchinson, also known for Belshazzar’s Feast, and Karen Wimhurst, previously a member of the Cauld Blast Orchestra, bring together their unique blend of traditional folk with jazz improvisation to create a warm, dynamic sound.

 

02 Nov

Kathryn Tickell

These artists’ work grows from the landscape, language, history and strange beauty of the north. With the drive of David’s storytelling and Kathryn’s love of the traditions of her native Northumbria, the poetic power of language and music combine.

 

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.

 

03 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.

 

04 Nov

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

 

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.

 

05 Nov

Consort de Danse Baroque

Court dances from 1650 to 1750. Classes will look at steps and patterns of dances including the minuet, sarabande and bourée.

 

Playford Past & Present

A series of workshops and dances with outstanding callers and superb musicians for experienced dancers.

 

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

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