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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Summer Ceilidh!

Folksoc's final (also biggest and best) ceilidh of the year will be the superlative Summer ceilidh, featuring The Night Before ceilidh band. Where? Fontaine Ballroom, Dunelm House (DSU building) When? 7:30-10:30pm on Friday 12th June. Entry is 5 for non-members, 4 for DUMS members and 3 for Folksoc members (bring along your membership card). As always, all are welcome irrespective of experience and ability, all the dances are all explained on the night by a very friendly caller.

Dance practices

Folksoc holds weekly morris and rapper dancing practices, which are open to anyone, regardless of experience. Practices for Easter term are:
  • Morris - Practices have finished for the year. Next year's practice to be announced, so watch this space, or sign up to our mailing list for more info.
  • Rapper - The next rapper practie will be on Sunday 14th June, 6-8pm at the Shincliffe room in Aidan's college (email if you need help finding it!) This will be the last practice of term.


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 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.

Ceilidh Club

Ceilidh-style dancing; anybody wanting to practice ceilidh calling, playing for ceilidhs or just have an informal dance is more than welcome. The next Ceilidh Club meet is on Thursday 11th June, 5-7pm in the Fonteyn Ballroom (DSU). This will be the last ceilidh club of term.

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, click on the link and include "subscribe ds-folksoc" (without the quotes) in the body 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