Oxfolk Ceilidhs

High energy dancing to LIVE traditional music in Oxfordshire

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A ceilidh is an evening of high-energy dancing, similar to barn dancing or country dancing. The music is always live and loud and dancing is often fast and furious. Oxfolk plays host to many of the best ceilidh bands on the English folk scene and there will always be an excellent caller to guide you through the dances. The dances are usually for sets of couple, rather than for couples alone, and the dances are always clearly explained and walked through before the music starts playing. If you've never done ceilidh dancing, this is a brilliant way to start because you really can pick it up as you go along. Wear some comfortable shoes or trainers, though – you'll need them!

During the interval, you can grab a pint from the bar, catch your breath and watch a dance display or listen a music spot. Whether you’re new to ceilidhs or whether you’re a seasoned dancer; whether you're 6 or whether you're 60; everyone can have a great time!

Dances are held on the second Saturday of the month, from October to May.

What's a Ceilidh?

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2013-2014 Season

Doors open 7.30pm, dance starts 8pm and ends 11.30pm

Saturday 12th October 7.30pm for 8pm

English String Band

with caller Sheena Masson

Saturday 9th November 7.30pm for 8pm

Liam Robinson Dance Band

including caller Liam Robinson

Saturday 14th December 7.30pm for 8pm

a Mexican Christmas with The Ship Band

with caller Hannah Bright

Saturday 11th January 2014 7.30pm for 8pm


with caller Phil Bassindale

Saturday 8th February 7.30pm for 8pm

Euro-ceilidh with MoltenAmba

with caller Jo Freya

Saturday 8th March 7.30pm for 8pm


with caller Nick Walden

Fri 25th – Sun 27th April 7.30pm for 8pm

Oxfolk is supporting

Folk Weekend Oxford

Saturday 10th May 7.30pm for 8pm

Cock & Bull Band

with caller Michael Catovsky