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At the heart of English folk

Mixed Instruments


Ceilidh Band

Come and learn the satisfying and engaging skills of playing for dancing! An ensemble class, open to all instruments, we will be focusing on emphasis, speed and atmosphere, learning how to keep a steady speed, how to keep a light sound with plenty of groove, essential for dance music, and how to craft and shape the tunes and arrangements to make exciting music for both listeners and dancers. 


Pre-entry level requirements

The Ceilidh Band Workshop caters for mixed instruments of level 3/4 standard (improvers/intermediate).

Improvers will need to know the chords D, G, A, E, F, C, Am, Em, Bm, Dm, Gm and be confident in their ability to create strumming patterns. 

Intermediate instrumentalists will have an opportunity to play the melody. 


Who leads the course?

Laurel Swift

Laurel is a fiddle player, a dancer and an inspiring instigator of creative new projects and performances rooted in the folk arts. She plays fiddle and viola in dynamic fiddle-singing duo with Ben Moss, double bass with Gadarene, a high-energy band blending obscure 18th century manuscript tunes with modern beats, and fiddle with irresistible ceilidh-dance groovers, The Gloworms.  Laurel has choreographed and devised national touring dance productions for Morris Offspring, co-created and performed Under Her Skin with Debs Newbold, advised theatre & film companies on using folk music and dance material.  She is in demand to perform and teach at festivals in the UK and America, founded Shooting Roots, which develops youth folk arts projects, and teaches and contributes to education projects in London and nationally.


How can I take part?

2019-20 dates

Autumn Term: Sept 14, 21 | Oct 5, 12 | Nov 2, 9, 23, 30 | Dec 7 (9 week term)

Spring Term: Jan 18 | Feb 1, 15, 29 | Mar 7 14, 28 | Apr 4, 18   (9 week term)

NB: Saturday Folk Music Workshops do not run during the Summer Term.



Mixed Instruments (Ceilidh Band): 15:30 - 17:00



Annual fee: £220 | £175 concessions*

Termly fees: £118 | £95 concessions*

Advance booking required

Annual Enrolment
We recommend enrolling for the whole year (Autumn and Spring term). We offer a 5% discount if you choose to pay for the whole year at the beginning of the Autumn term. 

Concessions are available to people who are in full-time education; in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance; in receipt of Income-Based Benefit (such as Income Support, Housing or Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit). For concessionary rates please call the box office on 020 7485 2206. The box office is open between 9.30 and 17.00 Monday to Friday. Evidence of concession will need to be provided before the start of term by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy of your supporting documentation.

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For any queries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 020 7241 8953


Terms and Conditions

We cannot refund participants for missed classes.

Refunds are given only if your course is cancelled or closed early.

If you enrol on a course but decide after the first session but before the second class of term that it is not right for you then you can either:

-          transfer your booking from one instrument to another (depending on availability). If the course of your choice is full then we can reserve a place for you on the following term.

-          or have the course fees refunded to you minus an administration charge of £15 (as long as you contact us before the second class of term).

These terms and conditions apply only to Saturday Folk Music Workshops.

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