Ketton Dance France - again at the Northwick Arms

Back at the Northwick Arms

It's having a facelift with new owners and we've helped to re-paint the hall - so wow! 
Ketton French dances are now resuming at the Northwick Arms on the 3rd Friday of the month starting on Friday October 17th. Kiernan and Sandra, the new owners and landlords, are welcoming us back after the pub changed hands from Marstons Brewery.

So come along from 8 pm for a dance workshop. Experienced dance partners are always there to give a helping hand.
Come along with an instrument if you want to play along with the band. We welcome all musicians who want to learn some of these fantastic traditional dance tunes.
From 9 - 11 pm we have our regular dance with mazurkas, schottishes, bourees, waltzes etc - mainly couple dances, with some line and circle dances from Brittany and Occitany.

Northwick Arms
High Street, Ketton (on the A6121 3 miles from the A1 and Stamford)

For more information tel Adam and Mary 01780 720 521

And for more local dances see the Peterborough & South Lincs Folk Diary

Saturday June 21st - Liam Robinson Dance Band

Saturday June 21st
Liam Robinson Dance Band

Trad Lincolnshire Dance

United Reform Church Hall, Broad Street, Stamford
7.30 – 11pm £5

Traditional dance music of the highest quality. Three highly skilled musicians who understand what it takes to play traditional music for dancing. Musician and dance caller Liam Robinson has performed across Europe and North America at events from small house dances to large festivals. His band, featuring Tim Walker on percussion and brass and Nina Zagorski on piano, bring you some of the best traditional dance music around including many tunes local to their home area of Lincolnshire.

Friday June 20th - Tourdion and friends

Dances for the Stamford Music Festival

Friday June 20th
Tourdion and friends
Trad French Dance

United Reform Church Hall, Broad Street, Stamford
8 pm Workshop 9 - 11pm Dance £3

This is the opening event for the revived Stamford Music Festival. A Tourdion dance event is very similar to the more familiar British ceilidh or barn dance. This band's repertoire, though, is not from the UK but is drawn from all parts of France - from Brittany to Provence and all places in between. Just like a ceilidh, Tourdion provide a caller who can talk the dancers through each dance, and demonstrate the moves if necessary. Their large repertoire includes bourrées, scottishes, an dros, mazurkas, valses and polkas, plus some lesser-known Provencal dances. The six-piece band play a wide range of instruments from hurdy-gurdy, cittern and épinette des Vosges to mandolin, melodeon, whistle and clarinet.

Thursday June 5th - Estonian Dance: Kadri Laube and Marju Varblane

Thursday 5th June
Estonian Dance - Kadri Laube and Marju Varblane

8 pm £8
8-9 pm. dance workshop, and then a dance to 11 pm.
Tinwell Village Hall, Manor Lane, Tinwell PE9 3UD

Kadri and Marju are two of the foremost traditional dance musician in Estonia - playing fiddles, often in harmony, Estonian diatonic accordion, jew's harp and several other instruments. They come as part of their first UK tour to playing at the Southwell Folk Festival in Nottinghamshire. They are passionate about their own traditional dance music, and teaching other people about it. We're sure you've never done this dancing before, but we guarantee you'll enjoy every minute of it. The energetic couple, circle and longways dances are easy to learn and there will be several teachers at the workshop before the dance. As the most northerly country of the Baltic States it was formerly part of the Soviet Union but it now firmly part of the European Union – a great country to learn more about it's revived musical tradition and culture. If you want to play some tunes after the dance and have some tea and cake, bring instruments along for a late night session.

Friday April 4th - The Rheingans Sisters

Friday April 4th 2014
Rheingans Sisters

8 pm £8
Tinwell Village Hall, Manor Lane, Tinwell PE9 3UD

The Rheingans sisters, Rowan and Anna, have been playing Swedish dance music and singing together for many years -two fiddles, two voices with banjo, cello, bansitar and concertina. Rowan is a member of the eclectic, harmony-singing folk trio Lady Maiserie. Anna is now living in the south of France and attending a course in Occitan music at the University of Toulouse. So they will be playing for both French and Swedish dances, as well as playing and singing traditional and contemporary folk music from across Scandinavia, Britain and America. This will be partly concert, partly dance so come along either to dance or just listen.

Friday January 3rd 2014 - Expire and Moussaka, Stamford

Friday January 3rd 2014
7.30 to 8.30 Workshop
8.30 to 11.30 pm

Stamford Arts Centre Ballroom
St Mary’s street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DL

Tickets are £8 or £6 concessions
from the box office, Stamford Arts Centre 01780 763203
More info. from Adam 01780 720 521

Come and dance or just listen to great music to start the New Year. Dancers of any level welcome, with help on hand.

Cédric Martin and Flavien Di-Cintio are returning, again by popular demand, for the 5th year, and bringing with them Vincent Fisson on guitar to play Breton dance music. Both duos have released great CDs in the last few months. These are some of the best young traditional musicians in France, having played for major festivals and won the prestigious 2010 Best Duo Competition at the Chateau d'Ars Festival.

Expire - From central France and Alsace playing for Waltzes,Marzurkas and Bourrée
Moussaka - From Brittany playing for a range of traditional chain and line dances

The Boys with their supporters and chauffeur

February 8th 2014 - Cecilia at Northwick Arms, Ketton

Soon to be confirmed is the great Belgian band Cecilia coming to play for a workshop and dance at the  Northwick Arms, Ketton and Stamford, on Saturday 8th February 2014.

Cecilia  - a great 3-piece band from Belgium playing superb danceable music. They've played at Kinnersley and Pentrefest in the past and are keen to visit again. Have a look at their website

January 5th 2013 - Expire and Moussaka, London

Grand Midwinter Folk Ball

Saturday 5th January 2013, 7.30pm

at the beautiful Chats Palace,
42-44 Brooksby's Walk, Homerton, London E9 6DF 

Free beginners dance class at 8pm, dancing until midnight.

Bring your friends for a night of great music and dancing!

Live music from top french groups Duo Expire and Moussaka

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April 3rd. 4th, 5th - Les Zeoles Tour

Les Zéoles

Wednesday April 3rd 2013
Pied a Terre, Norwich

At: Keir Hardie Hall, St Gregory’s Alley (between Pottergate and St Benedict’s Street), Norwich, NR2 1ER.

7.30 - 8.30 Musicians' workshop (free)
8.45 - 11.00 Dancing with Les Zéoles and an interval set from the Pied à Terre musicians

Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions)

Thursday April 4th2013
Eurosessions, Sheffield
At: Heeley Institute, 147 Gleadless Road, S2 3AF    ...200m up from the Sheaf View pub

7:45-8:30pm  Dance workshop
8:30-11pm  Bal

Tickets: £6/£5  

No bar available, but please bring your own alcohol (you can get take-outs from the Sheaf View).  Soft drinks available at the venue.

Friday April 5th 2013
Ketton Dance France
At: Northwick Arms Hall, Ketton, Stamford PE9 3TA

7:30 – 8:30 Dance workshop
8:30 – 11:30 Bal

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)
Tickets from Adam Cade 01780 720 521

Les Zéoles is a dynamic Parisian duo with the diatonic accordion of Amélie Denarié and the chromatic accordion of Anne Guinot. They have been playing together for over 10 years. Their self-penned lyrical, bittersweet and playful dance tunes are inspired by both traditional and classical French and European music. Dance is always at the centre of their work, but with their respective training as classical pianists, they also play concerts. They have produced two albums full of great dance music - Des Papillons dans le Ventre (Butterflies in the Belly) in 2009 and Sur Mesure in 2011.

Traditonal french dances from the centre of France are mainly couple or long line dances such as schottische, 2 and 3-time bourree, polka, chapelloise, rondeau, mazurka, 3, 5, 8 and 11-time waltzes. They also play a few Swedish Polskas. There are many, many variations but all fairly easy for dancers to pick up in an evening.

January 2nd 2013 - Expire and Moussaka, Norwich

Pied à Terre

Expire and Moussaka
Wednesday January 2nd 2013
Kier Hardie Hall, St Gregory’s Alley (between Pottergate and St Benedict’s Street), Norwich, NR2 1ER.

Winners of the prestigious Duo Prize at the Chateau d'Ars Festival, Expire (Cédric Martin and Flavien Di-Cintro) and Moussaka (Flavien Di-Cintio and Vincent Fisson) bring the electrifying energy of two accordions to the dance floor for the third time. These are some of the best young traditional musicians in France and not to be missed. Watch
  • 7.30 - 8.30 Musicians' workshop (free)
  • 8.45 - 11.00 Dancing with Expire and Moussaka and an interval set from the Pied à Terre musicians.
  • £6 (£5 concessions)