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:

Day Time Programme item Artist
Friday 7:30-9:30pm Ceilidh Higgledy Piggledy Band
Caller Alex Cumming
10.00pm-12.30am Late Ceilidh Banter
Caller Cate Haynes
Saturday 10-11am Cajun Workshop The Rambling Fishers
12-2pm Family Ceilidh Minster Ceilidh Band
Caller Pete Grasby
7-9pm Ceilidh Tautus Roks
Caller Bob Morgan
9.30pm-12.30am Late Ceilidh Urban Folk Theory – Evolution
Caller Tim Walker
Sunday 10-11.30am Contra Workshop English Contra Dance Band
12pm-1pm Medieval Dance Workshop Tim Walker
1.30-3.30pm Contra Dance English Contra Dance Band
Caller Bob Morgan




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.

The Higgledy Piggledy Band

A driving five piece ceilidh band that really rocks, swings and does all things rhythmic.

They play revved-up British traditional-type dance music – jigs n’ reels – that sort of thing. Their music is tight, yet played with freedom and freshness.  They are vastly experienced, yet remain enthusiastic, innovative and entertaining and great for beginners and experienced ceilidh-goers alike.

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…



Gate to Southwell Festival