House of Spice
Sports Pavilion, Woodways Rec
Bernard Hall, Cuddington
By John Heydon - 16th May 2017 4:00pm
The next event organised by Haddenham Ceilidhs is Saturday 3rd June in Haddenham Village Hall. This is the last one of the current season and there will only be one further event after this, in December 2017, when the long-running series of Haddenham Ceilidhs comes to a end. So, sadly, only two more chances to enjoy yourself at Haddenham Ceilidhs!
For the Ceilidh in the Main Hall, dancing starts at 8.00 pm with music provided by The Oxford Nags. Nick Walden will be calling the dances and Hammersmith Morrismen will give a dance display.
The Oxford Nags is a new "all star" four piece ceilidh band based around Oxfordshire and a bit of Hampshire. They play stonking English tunes for delightful English dance. With a line up of Nina Hansell on fiddle, Sandy Shallis on Melodeon, Andy Turner on anglo concertina and Gareth Kiddier on piano.
There will be a short dance display from Hammersmith Morrismen. Kitted out in blue and gold and cutting a dash on the streets and off, Hammersmith Morris Men, known for their lively and engaging style, continue to thrill and entertain audiences around the country.
In the Walter Rose room, regular compere Kitty Vernon will start the proceedings just after 8.30pm and will introduce Dave Burland and one of last year's New Roots finalists, Anna Mullens and Beth Gifford.
Dave Burland is one of the most well-respected and long-established performers on the folk scene. His apparently effortless singing and guitar playing gained widespread acclaim 40 years ago when his first album, A Dalesman's Litany, was voted Melody Maker Folk Album of the Year. Nic Jones summed up Dave Burland perfectly when he said: "He's a uniquely calm, gentle and clever singer who makes you feel it's all so amazingly simple." He's also been described as the Frank Sinatra of traditional folk music. And he's also got a deliciously wicked sense of humour.
Anna Mullens and Beth Gifford perform traditional and original material creating a fresh and original sound with violins,voice and viola.
Doors open 7.15pm, dancing starts at 8.00pm. An admission charge of £12, lets you dance or enjoy the concert or perhaps a bit of both! The village hall provides a large veue so "House Full" signs are rarely put up — 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