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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.

Charity Ceilidh 2016

Folksoc will be hosting a charity ceilidh ceilidh on Saturday 21st February in the Great Hall at Castle 20:30-23:00. All are welcome, and no prior ceilidh experience is needed! We will be raising money for Columcille, who provide activities such as music, dance crafts etc. for adults with learning disabilities. Entry free. Donations on the door. (We will have one more ceilidh this term, in the DSU, on the 17th February 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 5:00-7:00 in the Vane Tempest room of the Durham Students' Union.
  • 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.

Singing Group

Your first stop in Durham for folk singing! Join us on Fridays at 7:30p.m. in Hild Bede chapel for relaxed sessions.


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