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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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.

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 Ceilidh Band

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. 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