Tag: folk music

Folk of the Wood & Ceilidh – Fri 12th Feb

Starring Stick In The Wheel
Friday 12th February 2016, 7pm – 11pm
The Portico Gallery, 23a Knights Hill, SE27 0HS
 www.folkofthewood.co.uk  “Well worth travelling to West Norwood for” – Time Out
We’re stupendously thrilled to be welcoming highly acclaimed band Stick In The Wheel to perform at our Folk Of The Wood ceilidh this February!
“Inspirationally abrasive” (said The Guardian),”Splendidly pugnacious” (said The Telegraph), “The best thing to happen to English folk music for decades” said FRoots – if that weren’t enough, the band also recently won FRoots magazine’s coveted Critic’s Poll Folk Album Of The Year award!
This is set to be a particularly groovy night of ceilidh dancing with Ceilidh Tree featuring foot stomping fiddles and caller Louise Wells to show you the moves plus live music from one of the UK folk scene’s hottest bands! Licensed bar with scrumpy, wine and local ale to keep you reeling. Plus food by Beamish & McGlue.
Early booking is advised… Full details and tickets at www.folkofthewood.co.uk/stick.html Earlybird tickets before 4th Feb – £8 adults, £6 concession. Thereafter £10 adult, £8 concession and more on the door.
And also coming up….
18th March – St Patrick’s Ceili – www.folkofthewood.co.uk/patricks.html
With Ceilidh Tree, guest Irish dance troupe and guinness at the bar!
15th April – Hoedown – www.folkofthewood.co.uk/hoedown.html
With banjo maestro Stompin’ Dave Allen, bourbon at the bar and old time tunes and dances with Ceilidh Tree

Tea Dance – Weds 9th December

In the warm embrace of The Portico Gallery.

Our next Tea Dance is on Weds 9th December so come and join us – from 2.30pm until 4.30pm.

Live Music, home made cakes, a space to try out some new dances, a sing-a-long, toddlers play area, community scarf knitting and lovely recreational activities.

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Our Photographer is Sabine Theole www.sabinethoelephotography.com

Our special event is a social, warm and inclusive event. We welcome people in wheelchairs, people with Dementia, and we’d like to reach isolated people in our community.

If you’d like to be involved as a musician, a baker, a dancer, or can or just come for fun, please get in touch.  We are also looking for anyone who can lend their skills in knitting, crocheting and any other crafts-based activities to the event.

If you know someone who would benefit from such an event, please let us know as we may be able to help them get to us.

Admittance is now free, but you can make a donation towards the baking if you feel you would like to support it.

Dementia friendly.  Disabled access.

The Tea Dance has its own Facebook page where you can see the line up, photos and hear news about it. Please visit and share.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Norwood-Tea-Dance/316095418589678

Folk of the Wood – Summer of Love Ceilidh – Fri 15th May

FAR-OUT! We’re gearing up for our 1960’s inspired Summer of Love Ceilidh on the evening of Fri 15th May – a feast of psychedelic, blissed out goodness! Groovy times abound with far-out sounds from Simo Lagnawi master of morroccan Gnawa music. There’ll also be a tranced-out set of dancing with The Wild Hunt Bedlam – it’s morris, Jim, but not as you know it!  Ceilidh Tree & caller will be providing a loved-up psychedelia-infused ceilidh.

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This will be the last ceilidh before the summer break and it’s set to be a mind bendingly spectacular affair – miss it at your peril!  Full details at www.folkofthewood.co.uk

It’s £9 Adults, £7 Concessions and £5 under 18s – thereafter it’ll be £10, £8, £6 on the door – if available as we often sell-out before the gig.

To subscribe or get more info just go to www.folkofthewood.co.uk

Christmas Ceilidh

Friday 19th December is going to be so festive you will be inclined to dance your socks off!

Folk of the Wood return for their final Ceilidh of 2014 and we are sure if the last one was anything to go by this thing will raise the roof…

Maz O’connor plays, she’s a rising star in the folk world and has had nothing but outstanding reviews from the likes of the Guardian, Q magazine and The Independent. A big big name on the folk scene.

The Northwood Morris will be with us to perform their wondrous dancings!

There will be food by the great people down at Beamish and McGlue, mulled wine, carols and many festive surprises.

Get your tickets from FOLK OF THE WOOD website NOW! … the last one sold out weeks before the event so do buy them soon to avoid missing out on this ‘riotous’ Ceildh, we think it is the best in London, but then we are a little biased…

Folk Of The Wood December 2014

The Pirates are coming…

Ceilidh night 21st November


Our next Ceilidh put on by ‘Folk of the Woods‘ will occur on the eve of Friday 21st November.

You know the score by now, and if you don’t you should come and find out the score as the score is that it is a truly fantastic family occasion! (doe’s that all make sense?)

But yes, local food, local beer, amazing music and a guaranteed  amazing night out.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Pirate Ceilidh November web

Art & Soul.

We’ve made a lovely lovely thing for you all, it is an A5 limited edition, informative magazine. It contains up to the minute info on a whole load of local art news as well as some amazing creative writing. We would like your articles, thoughts, poems, reviews or suggestions for the next one which is due to be published early spring!

And the best thing is it is only a £1! …buy it from us right now. Or you could download it for nothing, but we will not fix the leaking roof without your help.

Click on the link below

Dec. 2014 A5 magazine

Folk of the Wood

Friday 17th October Here with us…

October’s ceilidh event is set to be a corker as we’ll be welcoming back americana band No Coward Soul starring Alaskan frontman Brad Schmauss and showcasing legendary morris dance side Northwood Morris.

There will also be three lively ceilidh dancing sets courtesy of fab folk dance band Ceilidh Tree with blazing fiddles, melodeon, foot stomping scottish and irish folk tunes for dancing and our masterful caller to show you the moves – details at www.ceilidhtree.co.uk

Support comes from youth folk troupe the Green Ravens and there’ll be a fully licensed bar with craft ale, scrumpy, wine, and, we’re excited to announce fab local deli Beamish & McGlue will be laying on a mix of delicious vege, meat and gluten free soup, stews and cakes!

Full details and tickets at www.folkofthewood.co.uk. Earlybird tickets before 12th October – £6 adults, £4 concession, £3 under 12s then £7 / £4.50 and £8 / £5 on the door.

Festival Events

Over the weekend of 12-13-14th september,

To coincide with the Heritage festival we will be providing vast swathes of cultural events kicking off with:


Friday 12th September 7:30pm 

The first of the 


Ardman Animations Films Introduced by Director Andy Symanowski.

These are family films with a few extras thrown in.

£4 on the door (kids on Carpet £1) 


Saturday from 10am Animation Workshops 

Click here for more details (external Facebook page).

 Saturday 13th September 7:30pm FREE.


A local premier of a film art installation inspired by real life

accounts of the first world war.

Followed by 

Gerry Lyseight DJ set of ‘Mango Landing’ fame. 


Sunday 14th September 7:30pm £12.50 in advance £9 concs.




A stirling salute to our courageous lads and lasses off to  fall-in and follow the call to victory.



Bar serves snacks locally brewed beer(draft and bottled), wine

and soft drinks


Folk Of The Wood


THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE THIS FRIDAY 21ST  OF MARCH …have you got your tickets?  It’s going to be great, visit the Folk of the Woods web page to buy tickets.

Indeed we have some news regarding this event, the Lovely people from Riverford Organic  are providing some food for the event and a box offer on the night. Pop over to their website to check out all the amazing organic things they have to offer.

And of course with “London’s finest folk dance band” -Evening Standard,  the wonderful Ceilidh Tree, performing with their caller Chris to show you all the moves, you’re in for a really great evening.