Durham University Folk Society
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The Durham University Folk Society exists to promote folk music and dance throughout the university. Our music sessions on Wednesdays form the cornerstone of our society, but we also host special events throughout the year including gigs with local bands, subsidised trips to festivals and ceilidhs every term. We have our own Rapper and Morris teams, an informal choir and a professional ceilidh band.

We welcome everyone to our society, regardless of musical ability or past experience. Our events and practices are open to anyone with enthusiasm, and we take pride in drinking proper beer and just having a huge amount of fun!

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Pre-exam Ceilidh 2016!

Folksoc will be hosting our pre-exam ceilidh on Wednesday 27th April in the Fonteyn Ballroom at the Durham Student's Union, 19:45-23:00. All are welcome, and no prior ceilidh experience is needed! Tickets are £3 for members and £5 for non-members. (We will have one more ceilidh this year, in the same place, on the 18th June 19:45-23:00.)

Dance practices

Folksoc holds weekly morris and rapper dancing practices, which are open to anyone, regardless of experience. Practices for Michaelmas term 2015 can be found here, or sign up to our mailing list (send us an email under ``contact us") for more info. We have:
  • Morris - bells, hankies and sticks. Includes both the elegant and precise Cotswold style and the wild and warlike Border morris.
  • Rapper - tapping your feet and wielding swords. Performances in pubs and occasional backflips. What's not to love? (Though backflips are entirely optional, so don't be put off if you're not the backflipping type!)
  • Ceilidh Club - this is a club for anyone interested in dancing, playing, or calling for ceilidhs. We meet Thursdays 5:00-7:00 in the Vane Tempest room of the Durham Students' Union. Due to limited room availabilities, in Term 3, ceilidh club will be on 28th April, 5th May, 12th May, 2nd June, 9th June and 16th June. (23rd June is to be confirmed.)


We hold sessions on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, in the back room of the Shakespeare pub on Saddler Street (between the Market Square and Palace Green/ the Cathedral). They've finished for the summer, so watch this space for the date of the first one of next term. They usually start at 8pm, and all are invited to come and join in. If you don't play an instrument you're still more than welcome to come and enjoy the sound of folk music in a cosy pub atmosphere.

Durham University Ceilidh Band

Folksoc has its own lively and talented ceilidh band that is available to play at any event, inside or outside the university. If you are interested in hiring (or even joining) the band, click here to find out more or here to send us an email.

Contact Us

If you have any suggestions for our society or our website please click here to send us an email. If you want to stay up to date with what's happening in the society, email majordomo@durham.ac.uk and include "subscribe ds-folksoc" (without the quotes) in the body (not subject) of the email. You will then receive our weird and wonderful weekly emails. Or you can visit the Durham University Folk Society group page on Facebook to ask us questions or simply chat about folk music!

Durham University Folk Society