We launched a new dance venue in 2017 and this year it’ll be better than ever.

Across the weekend it will be led by Banter (Simon Care, Tim Walker and Nina Zella) and featuring a whole raft of dances and workshops.

The programme is being developed, but confirmed so far we have:

Friday – Banter with caller Alex Cumming
Saturday – Tautas Roks with caller Cate Haynes, Urban Folk Theory with caller Tim Walker
Sunday – English Contra Dance Band with caller Bob Morgan

See below for more information on the bands.

Workshops confirmed so far:
Bob and Dace Fisher – Cajun
Tim Walker – Medieval
English Contra Dance Band – Contra



A ceilidh band consisting of three astonishingly talented musicians, pushing the boundaries of English folk dance music with Tim Walker (brass, percussion and caller), Nina Zella (piano, keyboards) and Simon Care (melodeon) are a triumvirate of toetapping instrumentalists showcasing the best of English music.

Urban Folk Theory

The Urban Folk Theory has been emerging into the folk world since 2011 with a new approach to ceilidh; where excellent folk musicianship meets technology, sweeping you into the next generation of full tilt late night dance extravaganzas.

Tautas Roks

Tautas Roks are a young and energetic band playing music from a range of genres. Having opened for many big-name artists, their reputation as a ceilidh and concert band is growing nationally. With Kristaps Fisher – melodeons, Maris Fisher – bass guitar, Simon Nay – electric guitar and vocals, Andrew Care – Acoustic guitar and Vocals.


English Contra Dance Band

One of the best known contra bands in the UK, they’ve performed all over the UK, toured in America and are established favourites on the Danish.


Were you there in 2016 when we had to abandon one of the ceilidhs and head for the bar? That was a great little ceilidh – see the video below…



Southwell Festival