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01 Apr

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.

 

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.”

 

02 Apr

Camden Clog

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.

 

03 Apr

Jimmy and Sid in front of an orange corrugated fence

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years.

 

04 Apr

Hannah Peel logo

Poet Will Burns and musician/composer Hannah Peel will be performing tracks from their new album, Chalk Hill Blue: a record of electronic ruralism channeling lives threaded through the chalk landscapes of Southern England.

 

Irish Set Dancing

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

 

05 Apr

Friday Feet

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

 

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.

 

06 Apr

07 Apr

Tango

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

08 Apr

Morena Slovak Dance Company

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

 

Come and play folk dance tunes from the Britain and beyond and associated traditions.

 

09 Apr

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

 

10 Apr

Daoirí holding a bouzouki

Cecil Sharp House, London

Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years.

 

11 Apr

The National Youth Folk Ensemble holding their instruments in a field

The National Youth Folk Ensemble brings together talented young folk musicians from across England. Sparks invariably fly when they create their own contemporary takes on traditional music from England and beyond.

 

12 Apr

Friday Feet

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.

 

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.

 

13 Apr

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.

 

Balkanplus

Cecil Sharp House, London

Lee Otterholt, a major figure on the American Balkan scene, will be in London teaching dances from the Balkans and Beyond with the assistance of his wife, Hilde, to give us a taste of his impressive repertoire.

 

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

 

14 Apr

Ballroom dancers

Experience the Regency and Victorian ballroom with workshop and dances at Mrs Bennet's Ballroom Sunday Club.

 

Two young girls dancing

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

 

Tango

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

15 Apr

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.

 

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.”

 

16 Apr

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.

 

17 Apr

Bookcase

The Gill Brothers and their Collecting of Folk Songs from the Isle of Man, by Stephen Miller

 

18 Apr

Irish Set Dancing

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

 

19 Apr

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 Apr

21 Apr

22 Apr

23 Apr

Learn lively Cotswold morris dances, complete with hankies and sticks, in this friendly and accessible class.  All levels of experience, including absolute beginners, are welcome.  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 Apr

The Askew Sisters

Emily and Hazel Askew have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music.

 

25 Apr

Irish Set Dancing

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

 

Learn English country, ceilidh and barn dancing, and related social folk dance styles from further afield, led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff with live music.  No need to bring a partner and open to dancers of all levels of experience including absolute beginners.

 

 

26 Apr

Friday Feet

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

 

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 Apr

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.

 

The Swingles dressed in black in a room that's being redecorated

For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music.

 

28 Apr

Folk Unlimited

For disabled 12 – 24 year olds, their friends and carers

Join us for our second term of creative, inclusive, mutli-sensory band sessions for disabled young people, led by folk artists Emmie Ward and Joe Danks.

 

Tango

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

29 Apr

Explore choral folk song arrangements in a relaxed and friendly environment. These seven sessions are suitable for singers of all abilities, without the pressure and commitment of public performance. All material is taught by ear. The workshops this term will be led by Maz O’Connor.

 

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.”

 

30 Apr

Learn lively Cotswold morris dances, complete with hankies and sticks, in this friendly and accessible class.  All levels of experience, including absolute beginners, are welcome.  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.

 

01 May

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Best known for work with BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominees Granny’s Attic, Cohen is a singer and instrumentalist with a love of English music.

 

02 May

Grace Petrie looking at the camera

A folk singer, songwriter and activist from Leicester, Grace Petrie has racked up tour supports with Emmy the Great and Billy Bragg, and has also made her mark in the comedy scene supporting comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long.

 

Learn English country, ceilidh and barn dancing, and related social folk dance styles from further afield, led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff with live music.  No need to bring a partner and open to dancers of all levels of experience including absolute beginners.

 

 

03 May

Friday Feet

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

 

04 May

05 May