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29 Jan

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 Jan

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.

 

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. 

 

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

 

31 Jan

Fiddle School

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

 

Alison & Jack

Presented by Mike Norris, former EFDSS chair and host of the Classic Folk Radio show, these unamplified traditional performances will take place in the intimate Storrow Hall at Cecil Sharp House. Enjoy tales of love and lust, incest and murder, humour and tragedy, sung by some of today's finest traditional singers.

 

01 Feb

Irish Set Dancing

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

 

Willy Vlautin

To celebrate publication of his first novel in four years, Don't Skip Out on Me, Faber Social and Shortlist present the much-loved Willy Vlautin, of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines, playing live and in conversation as part of Shortlist's Book & Beer Club.

 

Dancers

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

 

02 Feb

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 Feb

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

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.

 

04 Feb

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

05 Feb

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.

 

06 Feb

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.

 

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. 

 

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

 

07 Feb

Fiddle School

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

 

Jackie Oates

Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player whose distinctive treatment of English ballads and songs has justly gained her a reputation as 'a celebrity of the new folk scene' (The Guardian).

 

08 Feb

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.

 

09 Feb

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.

 

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.

 

10 Feb

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

 

11 Feb

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.

 

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.

 

12 Feb

Morena Slovak Dance Company

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

 

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

 

13 Feb

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.

 

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. 

 

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

 

14 Feb

GYFO! Juniors

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

 

A creative folk workshop for young people (12-24 year olds) with disabilities, their siblings and friends.

 

Rosie Hood and Andy May Trio

A double headline show from two rising folk artists.

 

15 Feb

GYFO!

Cecil Sharp House, London

A creative folk course for 12–19 year olds.

 

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.

 

16 Feb

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.

 

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.

 

17 Feb

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.

 

18 Feb

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.

 

19 Feb

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.

 

20 Feb

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.

 

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. 

 

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

 

21 Feb

Fiddle School

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

 

Ballad Chats

Cecil Sharp House, London

Join these friendly informal discussions about folk ballads.

 

George Butterworth

This lecture will examine the life and music of one of the great musical losses of the First World War, George Butterworth. This lecture will include audio clips of Butterworth’s music and of the folk song melodies that inspired him, as well as an assessment of his involvement in the early folk dance revival.

 

22 Feb

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.

 

23 Feb

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.

 

24 Feb

25 Feb

Fiddle convention

The London Fiddle Convention is the most important date in every London fiddler’s calendar: a chance to meet friends, learn new tunes, see some amazing playing and buy some fiddle stuff. You'll rarely meet so many fiddlers in one place!

 

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

26 Feb

Morena Slovak Dance Company

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

 

27 Feb

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.

 

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. 

 

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

 

28 Feb

Fiddle School

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

 

Moira & Carolyn

Presented by Mike Norris, former EFDSS chair and host of the Classic Folk Radio show, these unamplified traditional performances will take place in the intimate Storrow Hall at Cecil Sharp House. Enjoy tales of love and lust, incest and murder, humour and tragedy, sung by some of today's finest traditional singers.

 

01 Mar

Dancers

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

 

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special 'one off' concert at that year's festival.

 

Irish Set Dancing

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

 

02 Mar

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.

 

03 Mar

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 Mar

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

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

Youth Ceilidh

Dance your socks off to some energetic English ceilidh music with the A3 Ceilidh Band and caller Emily Askew.