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    Laurel Swift founded this in Year 2000, and it goes from strength to strength, regularly playing concerts and ceilidhs as the West London Folk Band.
    It all starts with tunes which she teaches in West London.
    It is held upstairs at West London Trade Union Club
    33-35 High Street, Acton, London, W3 6ND. Parking in nearby streets is fairly simple, lots of buses pass the door and Acton Central Overground station is 5mins walk.
    Monday evening term-times: 7:15pm - 9:15pm.
    Cost: £7.50 per night.
    Who comes? Bedroom musicians, beginner musicians, starting-again musicians, younger musicians, late bloomers, musicians that think they can only read the dots, musicians who worry that they can’t read the dots – you are all welcome.
    Use the Contact Form or email swiftlj (At) gmail.com to find out more (copy this email address and replace the (At) with @ and remove spaces).

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Goodbye Laurel! Hello Deb! New website alert…

After many years’ dedication to the folk needs of West London (via her legendary Monday night class), Laurel has moved  to Bristol. Good luck, Laurel – and thanks for all the tunes!

Happily, we have Deb Chalmers now in the driving seat of this great class – which has turned into a muscular folk ‘resource’ for local organisations, for barn dances, musical events, folk club appearances and more. (Book ’em – they’re great.)

It all starts though with the Monday night classes – and Deb will be there (still in the Acton bit of Ealing) Mondays term-time bringing her own unique style, talent, and expertise to the teaching of the tunes that give us so much.

What about this website with its 200+ tune collection, I hear you say? Well, we’re going to archive it (it’s a great collection covering many of the years that Laurel taught us) so you’ll still be able to check out the old old tunes.

From now on, though, it’s all happening on the super-new, shiny website that Deb has just created – where tunes will even be able to be collected in sets, with vids and scores as before, and probably all manner of other fancy things.

So, go now and follow http://www.newealingsessions.com where the first tune of term is displayed. Enjoy!

Gill Adams – Web-person


Laurel teaches her Monday night class in West London:

Lord frog

As taught by Deb Chalmers, substituting for Laurel Swift at her Monday evening class:

Young May Moon

Taught by David Delarre at Laurel’s class:

Cuckold come out the amery

As taught by Deb Chalmers substituting for Laurel, early 2018:

Knife’s Edge polka



Foxhunter’s jig

Stella Margaret Little

Composed by Bob Little, of the Monday night group, in honour of his new granddaughter:


Plane Tree

Deb Chalmers stands in for Laurel and teaches The Plane Tree.


Deb Chalmers stands in for Laurel at one of her London Monday evening classes and teaches The Grinders.