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  • Come to West London Folk workshop

    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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Dic y Cymro (Dick the Welshman)

Dic y Cymro

Pwt-ar-y-bys (Buttered peas)


Men of Harlech

Taught by Laurel to her Monday evening class, ready for some St David’s day dancing:

Men of Harlech

Toss the Feathers

Irish reel, taught by Laurel to her Monday evening workshop.




Scotland the brave

Laurel taught her Monday group this tune to go with the classic Scottish country dance The Gay Gordons – she’s going to make people play and dance it on Burns night, Jan 25th.

Scotland the Brave v,c G

Dashing White Sergeant

Dashing White Sergeant

Tom Fowler’s Hornpipe

Tom Fowler's HP chords

Icehouse Schottishe 2

Laurel Swift taught this second Nigel Eaton composed Schottishe to her Monday evening band workshop in West Ealing. She says ‘the tune is slightly different to Nigel’s original, which can be found in ‘new tunes for dancing’ by Blowzabella. (http://www.blowzabella.com/) This version comes from the ceilidh band Random, but I like it (sorry Nigel). ‘

Ice house schottische #2 (1)

Turnham Green Frolic

Turnham Green frolick copy

Through the woods lady