Stuff we like

Here's a bunch of dance series/festival/bands/callers we like and we think you should go and dance at/to (delete as appropriate).

Contra series

Sheffield Spring Contras - We're kinda biaised towards this one, as Charley our fiddle player runs it. Currently four events per year (guess when...) plus occasional one-offs at other times of year, but who knows....

Alcester Contra - Joint biggest and best contra dance series in the UK (in our opinion). You should go.

London Barndance - Joint biggest and best contra dance series in the UK (in our opinion). You should go.

Leeds Contra - Runs their established "Contra in the Fall" series of three dances (guess when...), plus regular club nights

Folk festivals which include contra (that we've played at)

IVFDF - the Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival. Held in a different location every year, always amazing.

Sidmouth Folk Week - the contra/English/Playford etc. part of the festival is getting a big revamp at present, so if you haven't been for a while or have never been before, now is the time to go!

Chippenham Folk Festival - probably the UK folk festival that prioritises contra dancing the most. Lots of dances and workshops to choose from here.

Broadstairs Folk Week

Towersey Festival

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Other dance series

Sheffield CeilidhSoc

Playford in the Pub (Sheffield)

Coventry Zesty Playford

Poynton Ceilidhs - We like it when ceilidh series let us come and try contra dancing on them! They also seem to like it.

Derby Ceilidhs

Other contra bands we like

Minor Contravention (Charley and Ian's other band)

English Contra Dance Band

King Kontra

The Night Before



Contra callers we like

Andrew Swaine

Bob Morgan

Geoff Cubitt

Lisa Heywood

Rhodri Davies

and there are quite a few others we like who don't have their own websites...

Other stuff we do

Cadellin - Ian and Charley's ceilidh band Folk-specialist live sound engineer - Charley's other evening job

The Incredible Nutshell - Charley and Ian's vegan grocery shop in Sheffield