THE MONSTER CEILIDH BAND is on something of a crusade to bring a powerfully modern
and un-‐ patronising approach to ceilidh music – dance music which has its
feet in the heritage and tradition of the British Isles.
Their music, ‘brilliant and exhilarating’, has its roots in tradition, but the
combination of their talents has produced something innovative, contemporary, fresh
Monster Ceilidh Band are 4 full-time professional musicians with extraordinary credentials:
accordion maestro Amy Thatcher (Kathryn Tickell Band, The Shee) and the Scottish
Borders fiddler Carly Blain (Border Fiddles) blaze their way through traditional
and modern tunes underpinned by the unique rhythms of Kieran Szifris on mandocello
and the dub-heavy electric bass of David de la Haye (Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies).
They’ve entertained generations new and old all over the world, from the fields of
Glastonbury to 8000 people at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, with
their cross-genre ceilidh music
ICKNIELD WAY MORRIS MEN are enthusiastic & accomplished performers of traditional
dances from Oxfordshire. IWMM are nationally known & highly regarded for the quality
of their performances. Cotswold Morris at its best - light and lively!
ARMALEGGAN is a Border Morris side with added Grrr…They are a mixed side – mixed
genders, mixed ages, a mixture of tradition and innovation, and they do not mind
mixing their drinks. They practice at Cumnor Village Hall just outside Oxford, and
dance all over Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds and beyond.
CORNUCOPIA is a group of dancers and musicians based in Wantage, Oxfordshire who
perform Appalachian Step Clogging and British Clog Dancing to a variety of American,
Irish and British acoustic folk music (jigs, reels and hornpipes). The dancers are
energetic performers who are entertaining to watch and the band is great to listen
CRY HAVOC are a mixed morris side from Botley in Oxford, performing mainly Cotswold
dances. They dance for fun, whilst also raising money for charity, a new one being
nominated each year.
ROSE HIPS is a folk bellydance troupe based in Oxfordshire. They dance to live music,
as performed by their wonderful band, and they dance in a variety of bellydance styles
(Egyptian, American tribal, cabaret) to music from all over the world, including
traditional English and Arabic music.
PILGRIM MORRIS MEN of Guildford dance a variety of traditions in the Cotswold style. They were founded in 1972 and during the summer months they can be found dancing around Surrey and north-east Hampshire, and occasionally further afield.