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Click here for information about ceilidhs hosted by Folksoc.


Click here for information about gigs hosted by folksoc and by concert venues around Durham.


Click here to see what festivals are coming up in the near future.

May Day

Click here to find out about one of our very favourite events, and to see photos from previous May Day celebrations.

February Ceilidh 2018

Our first major Ceilidh of the term is on Thursday 1st February in the Fonteyn Ballroom of the Durham Students' Union 19:00-22:00. Tickets are on the door: £3 for members and £5 for non-members and all are welcome. 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 on Sunday 4th 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 2017 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. We meet Thursdays 7:15-9:15pm in the Vane Tempest room of the Durham Students' Union. Note that there will not be a ceilidh club on 25th January and 1st February.
  • 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!)
  • 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 the second and fourth Wednesday of each month 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 Folk Society