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English Ceilidh in the South



 
 

SHOCC Dances: English Ceilidh in the South - a ceilidh series in South Hampshire for the South of England.

Bringing you the best in English Ceilidh - barn dance with attitude!

The dates, bands, and callers, for Season VIII: 2023 & 2024, are listed below...

The full band and caller listings for Season VIII are posted below.  We hope you'll agree that we have a fantastic line-up for you, with seven ceilidhs at The Hilt and a concert in association with the Turner Sims.

Our next ceilidh is currently fully booked (there is a waiting list you can join), however the concert on the following evening is not:
Saturday 16th December 2023
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Melrose Quintet Ian Nichols
Sunday 17th December 2023
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Melrose Quartet Concert at the Turner Sims

This December we are pleased to welcome the Melrose Quartet in their ceilidh quintet form to their first appearance at SHOCC Dances, with local caller Ian Nichols!
  This has been a long time in the planning, and we are thrilled to be working with the Turner Sims in order to be able to do this; the Saturday night ceilidh at The Hilt will be followed by a Sunday night concert at the Turner Sims, where they will treat you to the finest rousing Sheffield Village Carols, alongside new seasonal songs and some hilarious games.

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Season VIII: 2023 & 2024 (Download a PDF flyer here & link to our calendar here1)

Tickets for Season VIII are now available to reserve.

Date Band Caller
Saturday 14th October 2023
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Peeping Tom Fee Lock
Saturday 18th November 2023
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Threepenny Bit Phil Bassindale
Saturday 16th December 2023
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Melrose Quintet Ian Nichols
Sunday 17th December 2023
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Melrose Quartet Concert at the Turner Sims
Saturday 27th January 2024
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Jackie Oates & John Spiers Mary Panton
Saturday 24th February 2024
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Trinculo Sheena Masson
Saturday 23rd March 2024
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The Ironmasters Baz Parks
Saturday 27th April 2024
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DanceCupola Nick Walden

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All dances are held in
The Hilt (Cuckoo Bushes Hall), SO53 5NP.
It has a sprung oak floor, and plenty of parking; and it's only five minutes from J12 off the M3, near Winchester.
Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start.  Dances finish at 23:00.
There's no bar, so please bring your own drinks.

The Hilt from J12 M3


Concessions available:
Full price 14
Student 10
Child at school (18 and under) 8
Family: one or two parents and two or more children at school (18 and under) 12 per parent
7 per child
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SHOCC Dances: English Ceilidh in the South - a ceilidh series in South Hampshire for the South of England.  Dances are held in The Hilt (Cuckoo Bushes Hall), SO53 5NP.  It has a sprung oak floor, and plenty of parking; and it's only 4 minutes from J12 off the M3, near Winchester.  Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start.  Dances finish at 23:00.  There will be a 20 minute or so break part way through the evening.  Bring your own (alcoholic) drinks; tap water will be available.
 
English Ceilidh (pronounced kaylee) is a lively, energetic, and upbeat version of English barn or country dancing, suitable for all ages.  Bands play exciting music with good rhythmic drive from a variety of musical traditions, including rock, jazz, world, and roots music as well as English, Scottish, and Irish folk music.  A caller guides novices and experienced dancers alike through each of the dances; you can turn up and have fun with no prior knowledge of what is going to happen.  Wear comfortable shoes or trainers (no stilettos please), and cool clothing; although the hall is air-conditioned you can get quite warm whilst dancing.  English Ceilidh is social dancing at its best.  Come with a partner, a group of friends, or on your own; there will be plenty of people to dance with.  Most dances are for sets of couples, rather than just a couple on their own.

Come prepared to enjoy yourself and have a great evening.

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