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The Watch
Iona Fyfe

The next event organised by Haddenham Ceilidhs is on Saturday evening, 6th May at Haddenham Village Hall.

For the Ceilidh in the Main Hall, dancing starts at 8.00pm with music provided by The Watch, with Michelle Holding calling the dances; Simon and Jo Harmer will give a dance display.

The Watch are the perfect ceilidh band. There are three band members. Dan Quinn has spent most of his adult life playing English traditional music on melodeon in bands including Flowers and Frolics and Gas Mark 5. Rob Murch is one of England's greatest players of the classical banjo and plays a Clifford Essex Paragon banjo. He also plays for the Dartmoor pixie band. Gareth Kiddier is a second-to-none rock solid piano accompanist renowned for his playing in The Bismarcks and Polkaworks. Together they play traditional tunes from England and Quebec and try to include a smattering of Rob's brilliant speciality banjo pieces.

There will be a short dance display from Jo and Simon who have researched traditional percussive dance both within the UK and abroad. More recently, through their membership of the Instep Research Team they have become involved in learning and recording step dancers from the south coast and have been instrumental in reviving step dancing in their local area.

In the Walter Rose room, regular compere Kitty Vernon will start the proceedings just after 8.30pm and will introduce Barry Goodman and one of last year's New Roots finalists, Iona Fyfe.

Barry has been a singer all his life although he is more commonly seen out at as a caller. He sing songs from the English tradition as well as songs he has written himself and songs from other writers, accompanied by melodeon, concertina, guitar and sometimes not accompanied at all!

Aberdeen's folk singer Iona Fyfe has become one of Scotland's finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the north-east of Scotland. She was a finalist in the BBC radio Scotland Young traditional musician of the year 2017 and has one the most stunning voices on the folk music scene.

Doors open 7.15pm, dancing starts at 8pm. An admission charge of £12 lets you dance or enjoy the concert or perhaps a bit of both!

The "House Full" sign rarely goes up as it is a large venue, but if you are concerned about gaining admission on the evening, just Email or telephone John Heydon and he will reserve tickets for you on the door.

For more information, contact John on Tel. 07717 047039
Email: john@actionfolk.co.uk
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