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Phil Bassindale
Our February Ceilidh was a great one and the next is next week on 28th March. Then there's a long summer break until October 10th with Phil Bassindale calling and the 'Bernie and Imo' band playing. 

Please make sure the date is in your diary and your calendar and your phone so you don't miss it.

You heard it here first! Our 2016 dates are further down this email - book your holidays around them. for more details
On 28th March we have a much bigger band, don't say we don't give you variety. Thingumijigs have an instrument line up that sounds like a musical superstore. The line up includes - fiddles,whistles,flutes,guitars, concertinas,hammered dulcimer,bodhráns etc. 

Pete Hendy is adding even more variety to our caller line up. Pete has called at clubs and Festivals including, Sidmouth,  Broadstairs, Chippenham and Eastbourne.

You can’t miss Pete – he’s the only 6 foot 8 inch bell-ringing, tuba-playing caller around.
The Widders are a border Morris side from Chepstow, who have danced at festivals through the UK and Europe.

Border Morris is a tradition from the England/Wales border. During hard winters farmers would go out dancing to supplement their income. This was a form of begging which was illegal at the time, so dancers took to wearing tatty clothing and blackening their faces to disguise themselves.

They have danced at festivals including the Stonehenge summer solstice, Green Man and Wayfest.
Other Events

The Tredegar House Folk Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8th, 9th & 10th May 2015
Pete Coe and Alice Jones are among the guests.

Fundraising events include -
RuffCeilidhs programme -
  • March 28th - Thingumijigs with Pete Hendy calling - Widders border morris will make one of their understated appearances in the interval.
  • October 10th - the return of Phil Bassindale calling with a completely new and untried band although you might recognise everyone in it. They are currently labelled as the 'Bernie and Imo' band.
  • November 14th - Threepenny Bit, a lively young band from Hampshire, rapidly building a great reputation, with Martyn Harvey calling. 
  • December 12th - with Dave Parsons and Juice for the Christmas special.
I hope you all agree this sounds a tempting menu, every one different and mostly quite new to us. We've also got the dates for 2016. We're working on booking the bands already!

  • Jan 16th
  • Feb 20th
  • April 16th
  • October 15th
  • November 19th
  • December 10th
Visit our website for more details
Come as you are, come in your glad rags, come alone, come with a party.

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Thanks for your support.

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