Rogue’s March Two



Harry Cox’s Schottische


Ceilidh Barn Dance in Saltdean, nr Brighton! Oct 22

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When: Saturday Oct 22, 7-10:30pm.

Where: St Nicholas Church Hall, Saltdean Vale, BN12 8HA (about 6m east of Brighton on the A259 coast road – lots of parking and buses!).

What: English-y, country-ish dancing, with a ‘ceilidh’ (party!) feel. Corsets or stetsons not obligatory (but you’re welcome to dress up if you want to!)

Who will come: All ages, in singles, pairs and groups. You can find partners when you’re there. Everyone is very friendly. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this type of dancing before. Everything is explained and the music does the rest.

Cost: £8 adult, £18 family (2 adults + 2 12-18s), £4 under 18, under 12s free.

Tickets: booking advised on 01273 309097.

Info:, T: @saltdeanfolk. FB: Saltdean Folk.

More: If you’re down Brighton way, Laurel’s troop of travelling troubadours are going to the seaside on Saturday Oct 22 for an evening of fun. There will be intervals of Sussex Stepping, from Janet Keet-Black and Will Duke, and a demonstration by young Christa Tiney of her winning ways at Blackpool World Dance Championships! Above all there will be fun and dances and Laurel calling and leading her ever-increasing community band. It will be easy, friendly, lots of laughs…BYO wine or beer (and glasses); soft drinks and nibbles included in the price.


Any instrument weekend Somerset October 7-9, 2016

Street, Somerset

7-9 October 2016

Just a few places left on this first event in Laurel Swift’s 2016-2017 varied teaching programme – a multi-instrumental weekend retreat with the emphasis on developing ensemble skills alongside individual playing and musicianship. Expect dynamic, inspirational teaching in great company, fuelled by wonderful food and drink in glorious country settings.

Oh, and you’ll need to pack walking boots with your instruments!

Full details and booking here.

For Laurel’s full programme of retreats, workshops and classes, see the Teaching menu on her website.

Ievan polkka

Ievan Polkka


According to Wikipedia: “”Ievan Polkka” or “Ievan Polokka” (Savo Finnish for “Eva’s Polka”) is a popular Finnish song with lyrics written in the early 1930s by Eino Kettunen to a traditional Finnish polka tune. The name is commonly misspelled Levan polkka, due to the similarity of lower-case L and upper-case i in sans-serif fonts. It is also known as “Loituma’s Polka” (or “Loituma’s Polkka”).”

Hen Ferchetan (Old Maid)

Hen Ferchetan

Hen Ferchetan (Old maid ) video at

(there’s a song version in Welsh with subtitles at

Retreat with Laurel!

Laurel’s exciting new venture is back, with a varied programme of events that let you get away and absorb yourself in relaxing folk music retreats. Hone your folk style and skills, build musical confidence and jam informally with others whilst surrounded by beautiful countryside and lovely people. A unique combination of inspiring classes, delicious home cooked food, informal sessions and country walks, each retreat is designed to develop different skills and serve as the perfect creative weekend away!

There’s something for everyone – please get in touch via the link below if you’d like more information, or if you would like to book a retreat as a very special gift.

Details of locations (in Dorset, Somerset, Lincolnshire, Milton Keynes and Staffordshire) throughout 2016/17, prices, and type of retreat: