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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Big Ceilidhs 2019

Our first major Ceilidh of the the year is on Saturday 19th January in the Fonteyn Ballroom of the Durham Students' Union 19:00-22:00. This is a charity Give It A Go event and entry is free. We will be collecting donations for Ruth First. You don't need to know how to dance! Our champion callers will talk you through what to do, with live music from our fabulous Ceilidh Band. It's a fun and informal evening of dancing and socialising, so come along and bring your friends! (We will have one more ceilidh this term, in the DSU, on Friday 8th March 19:00-22:00.)

Dance practices

Folksoc holds weekly ceilidh and rapper dancing practices, which are open to anyone, regardless of experience. We also intend to have weekly morris and Appalachian dancing practices. Practices for Epiphany term 2019 can be found here, or sign up to our mailing list (send us an email under ``contact us") for more info. We have:
  • Ceilidh Club - this is a club for anyone interested in dancing, playing, or calling for ceilidhs. This term we meet Thursdays 20:00-22:00 in the Vane Tempest room of the Durham Students' Union. This term ceilidh club will take place on 31st January, 7th&14th&28th February, 14th&21st March 2019. Note that ceilidh club will not take place on 17th&24th January, 21st February or 7th March 2019.
  • 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!) Rapper practice is on Wednesdays 18:30-19:30 in Kingsgate at the Durham Students' Union and will take place every week of Term 2 from 23rd January. (Note that on 13th March, rapper practice will be in the Vane Tempest room instead.)
  • Morris - bells, hankies and sticks. Includes both the elegant and precise Cotswold style and the wild and warlike Border morris. The university morris side temporarily merged with Kern Morris last year. They meet at 8:00p.m. on Wednesdays at the Elvet Methodist Church Hall.


We hold sessions on Wednesdays during termtime, in the back room of the Shakespeare pub on Saddler Street (between the Market Square and Palace Green/ the Cathedral). 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