The Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival home page. This is the main site for the UK’s student folk festival with links to the individual websites for each year’s event.
The next IVFDF will be held in Aberdeen.
The Salsa and Merengue Society provide Latin dance lessons catering for beginners and intermediate dancers.
The Edge (S10 3ED) is located at the heart of the Endcliffe Village which spans from Endcliffe Vale Road to Oakholme Road and Fulwood Road.
Other University Folk Societies
FCUB is a relatively new society set up by Rag Morris in Bristol. They hosted ICBINI in 2003 (“I Can’t Believe It’s Not IVFDF”, a small scale version for those who can’t wait), and IVFDF in 2011.
For the pig obsessed, or just those trying to workout how you create an Ellie (the description of the secret labs is in there somewhere) Exeter university home pages – lots going on, lots of activities.
Warwick Ceilidhsoc are a student ceilidh society full of enthusiasm and bounce! They are out to convert anyone who comes too close to Warwick to the joys of ceilidhs.
The Dance Society run ballet, contemporary and tap dance classes for those who prefer their dancing to be fun but a bit more refined.
Traditional french music and dance sessions just up the M1 in Leeds; regular meetings, special events plus info and links.
Ceilidh club in Derby with ceilidhs on the 1st and 3rd Sunday each month. Seems to be another J²ohn Stewart sponsored event Looks to be about an hour away by car.
Promising new ceilidh series over in Manchester with a mostly younger crowd.
Freaks in the Peaks are a border morris dancers’ cooperative. They are a democratic group made up of both male and female dancers and musicians from all over the Britain. They meet quarterly in one of several villages in the Peak District, and welcome anyone who would like to join them.
General Folk Related Information
Local organisation that has produced a CD called Forged in Sheffield featuring several bands spawned by Ceilidhsoc.
The best place to begin with ABC, Chris Walshaw’s musical notation used to note down folk tunes. The site contains a truly huge database of tunes, as well as software links and links to ABC collections.
One of the granddaddies of folk, EFDSS is based in Cecil Sharp House, Camden, and does all sorts of dance, music and song things.
FISY is the local group of EFDSS affiliates and their site lists lots of dances in the South Yorkshire area.
Large site giving details of events, bands, dances and anything else of interest to the world of folk music.
Five Rivers Morris is a bunch of relatively young blokes who decided a couple of years ago that they wanted to dance Cotswold morris so formed a new side. Currently recruiting!
Boggart’s Breakfast are a mixed (men and women) border morris team based here in Sheffield.
Mr Fox are a mysterous firey dancing phenomenon based in Sheffield and are known to descend upon festivals around the country. Rumour has it that several of their members turn up to our ceilidhs, but exactly who they are is of course a closely guarded secret (ahem).
Pecsaetan morris (pronounced ‘peck-suh-tan’) are a women’s Cotswold morris side from Sheffield. Lot’s of ex-students (and even the odd current student).
Rapper dance in Sheffield. On the lookout for new member or a chance to dance and demonstrate at any events going.
A dynamic folk ensemble made up of more Ceilidhsoc regulars, Crucible combine driving instrumental music with richly layered harmony song. Crucible draw from diverse influences, blending traditional music and song with contemporary rhythms and composition.
Formed in 1997, Hekety are an English Ceilidh band who play a mixture of traditional English, Celtic and European dance music with an increasing amount of self written material. All of them turn up to ceilidhs and sessions as well as playing on stage.
Jabadaw play folk dance music in a contemporary style. Most of their repertoire comes from the English and French traditions, with a small (but growing) number of self-penned tunes.
Minnie Moosika are another group to spin off from the world of Ceilidhsoc. They play frenetic foot stamping music for dance, from Eastern European and Klezmer traditions. Clarinet, fiddle, double bass, mandola, voice and guitar – tight melodies, sharp arrangements that will whisk you away……
The Outlandish Knights are an energetic modern ceilidh band with rock influences, based in Sheffield and featuring several members who honed their art in Ceilidhsoc. Playing mostly their own original compositions, they blend tuneful melodies, epic solos and driving rhythms.
Roger the Badger is a blend of fiddle, guitar, mandolin and bass. All the musicians are very experienced at playing for dancing and know every turn and trick in how to get the dancefloor moving. Add in one of the UKs most distinctive and pithy dance callers and you’ve got a floor shaking dance combination.
Trinculo were formed in 2002 from some more of the Ceilidhsoc regulars (playing fiddle, sax/whistle, guitar and bass) and were joined in 2003 by Nick Cooke on melodeon. They play mainly English stuff including some very nice tunes written by Aisling, Jemma and Nick.
Originally formed as the house band of the Sheffield Contra series, Vertical Expression have gone from strength to strength, driven by the double bass and guitar rhythm with excellently danceable melodies played on the fiddle and melodeon. A treat for dancers
John is one of Ceilidhsoc’s regular callers and has started writing a website that will contain resources for other callers.
Lisa is President of CeilidSoc 2012-13 and developed her inimitable calling style at Ceilidhs all over the country with numerous bands.