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28 Jan

A man swinging a woman

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.

 

29 Jan

Cecil Sharp House, London

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

 

30 Jan

Doc Rowe and Jill Pidd

Phenomenal traditional singer Jill Pidd, best known for her work with the Watersons, joins Doc Rowe, widely respected archivist and EFDSS Gold Badge Winner, for an evening of traditional song.

 

31 Jan

Dancers

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

 

01 Feb

02 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.

 

The Oldham Tinkers

In the summer of 1965 a chance pub meeting between John Howarth and the brothers Larry and Gerry Kearns started years of fun and music for the Oldham Tinkers, and indeed for anybody who happened to listen to them.

 

03 Feb

A young woman playing the fiddle and smiling

Creative, inclusive, multi-sensory band sessions for disabled young people led by folk artists Emmie Ward and Joe Danks.

 

04 Feb

Folk Choir

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

 

05 Feb

Cecil Sharp House, London

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

 

06 Feb

07 Feb

Dancers

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

 

08 Feb

09 Feb

A man calling

This development day, presented by EFDSS’ Folk Educators Group and Dance Development programme, is for experienced and aspiring callers who wish to expand and share their knowledge and skills in calling for social folk dance in varied contexts and settings.

 

10 Feb

11 Feb

A man swinging a woman

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.

 

12 Feb

Cecil Sharp House, London

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

 

13 Feb

Bookcase

By Merv and Alison Davey

 

14 Feb

Eliza Carthy

Eliza Carthy launches her first solo album, with guest appearances from Ben Seal, Ben Somers, Martin Carthy, and Dave DeLarre.

 

Dancers

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

 

15 Feb

16 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.

 

17 Feb

A young woman playing the fiddle and smiling

Cecil Sharp House, London

Creative, inclusive, multi-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 the Britain and beyond in a supportive and fun environment! Live music inspires the dancing and expert callers guide the moves with simple instructions.

 

18 Feb

Folk Choir

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

 

19 Feb

Cecil Sharp House, London

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

 

20 Feb

Nicola playing the fiddle and Thom in the background

Two up-and-coming folk musicians launch new albums supported by EFDSS Seed Funding.

 

21 Feb

GYFO!

Cecil Sharp House, London

A two day course running across Thursday 21 and Friday 22 February.

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

 

National Youth Folk Ensemble

Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick BD24 0DE

Following a week’s residency in North Yorkshire, Leveret and the National Youth Folk Ensemble will work with youth music charity NYMAZ to film and live-stream an interactive performance.

 

Dancers

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

 

22 Feb

GYFO!

A two day course running across Thursday 21 and Friday 22 February.

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

 

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.

 

23 Feb

24 Feb

25 Feb

A man swinging a woman

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.

 

26 Feb

Cecil Sharp House, London

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

 

27 Feb

Róisín White

Róisín was born near Kilkeel in Co. Down. She sings an eclectic mix of songs, which have been passed onto her by the likes of Joe Holmes, Eddie Butcher, Paddy Tunney, Bridget Tunney and Robert Cinnamond.

 

28 Feb

Dancers

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

 

01 Mar

02 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.

 

Chris Wood playing guitar

Cecil Sharp House, London

In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker.

 

03 Mar

A young woman playing the fiddle and smiling

Creative, inclusive, multi-sensory band sessions for disabled young people led by folk artists Emmie Ward and Joe Danks.