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27 May

28 May

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.

 

29 May

The Dovetail Trio

Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage.

 

30 May

Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the 2019–20 National Youth Folk Ensemble.

 

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.

 

 

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

In April 2018, Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) retreated to a remote cottage in Ulpha, western Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their instruments out of their cases.

 

Irish Set Dancing

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

 

31 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.

 

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.

 

01 Jun

02 Jun

03 Jun

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.

 

04 Jun

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.

 

05 Jun

A workshop exploring narrative songwriting in the folk tradition particularly examining some of the Appalachian ballads appearing in the Cecil Sharp Collection.

 

Fiddle School

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

 

Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds

Presented by Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds: ‘Singing It All Back Home’ featuring Ben Walker.

 

06 Jun

Join The Little Orchestra for a stripped-back version of their signature events - allowing a pure focus on the music and stories - as they continue their exploration of one of the great works of classical music, Handel’s Messiah.

 

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.

 

 

07 Jun

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.

 

08 Jun

Find your Folk!  

An afternoon of folk music sessions and workshops for all

 

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

 

09 Jun

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.

 

Watch talented young dancers perform as part of an energetic and inclusive dance event aimed at young people.  Youth dance groups will punctuate a night of lively ceilidh dancing, with caller Gwennie Einsiedel, and live band leading, us through the moves. Participating groups will include icandance and Shuffle.

 

Tango

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

10 Jun

These classes, for confident dancers with a solid grounding in English social folk dance, provide the opportunity to improve dance technique and quality, and explore a more complex and diverse repertoire.

 

Morena Slovak Dance Company

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

 

11 Jun

Shane Koyczan is best known for his award winning spoken word performances.

 

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

 

12 Jun

Fiddle School

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

 

13 Jun

Irish Set Dancing

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

 

Sharon Shannon

With Seckou Keita, Senegalese kora master.

 

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.

 

 

14 Jun

musicians playing

This one-day course will enable teachers to engage with and effectively use folk song and music to deliver and enhance the school curriculum and learn about our dynamic, living, folk heritage.

 

Friday Feet

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

 

15 Jun

16 Jun

Quadrille Club

Cecil Sharp House, London

A Day of dancing quadrilles from Waterloo to Watergate, with Ellis Rogers.

 

Tango

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

17 Jun

Morena Slovak Dance Company

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

 

18 Jun

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.

 

19 Jun

Fiddle School

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

 

Rowan Rheingans

Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and adventurous exploration of memory, identity, joy, sorrow, trauma-recovery, bird-song, war and waltzes.

 

20 Jun

Irish Set Dancing

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

 

The seven singing cellists are back for a Massive Violins summer special.

 

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.

 

 

21 Jun

A creative day of folk music for disabled young people

For disabled 12-24 year olds and carers

 

Friday Feet

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

 

22 Jun

23 Jun

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.

 

Two young girls dancing

Bring the entire family and take part in lively dances from 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.

 

24 Jun

Morena Slovak Dance Company

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

 

These classes, for confident dancers with a solid grounding in English social folk dance, provide the opportunity to improve dance technique and quality, and explore a more complex and diverse repertoire.

 

25 Jun

Fully accessible for people with mobility issues and Parkinson’s

 

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

 

26 Jun

Fiddle School

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

 

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Elliott Morris mixes traditional and original folk and roots material, influenced by rock, pop, blues, country and jazz.

 

27 Jun

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.

 

 

28 Jun

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.

 

29 Jun

The Copper Family

The Copper Family traces its roots back to 1593 in the Sussex village of Rottingdean where an entry in the first extant Parish register records a marriage.

 

30 Jun

Tango

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

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