Highly successful 2nd Aylsham Festival of Dance Music and Song!

The second Aylsham festival of Dance, Music and Song was held over the weekend of September 7th and 8th and was agreed by all to be a great event.

It began on Friday night with a Folk Club in the town hall hosted by stalwart of the Norfolk Folk scene, Geoff Roberts with his legendary Flying Folk. At one point there were over a hundred people in attendance either there to listen to the superb array of talent that was present or to take part as a performer. With a licenced bar operating a great night was had by all.

Saturday saw a range of different styles of dancing in the Aylsham Market Place from French dancing courtesy of Pied-a-Tere, Egyptian Belly dancing, Balkan Traditional dance, Norfolk & Suffolk Step dancing with traditional music and Morris dancing.

Broadland Ukes put on a concert outside the Town Hall and around the Market Place were various market stalls selling a range of goods and products.

In the Town Hall there were displays of Swing Dance, Irish Set dancing and some African themed entertainment.

The Town Library opened their doors for a ukulele workshop hosted by Broadland Ukes which was well attended and there was a Longsword workshop in the Drill Hall in the early afternoon.

The Bure Valley Railway joined in the Festival by hosting Morris dancers who performed out the front of the railway buildings to greet guests and they had 'Rock the Lobster' hosting an Open Mike in the garden just outside the coffee shop.

There were performers entertaining in The Conservatory (The Browns),  Biddy's Tea Rooms (Partners in Time) and the Unicorn pub (Tony Purdy) followed by a free concert in the Unicorn with Rattlebox, Beeston Bump Bluegrass Band and Five shades of Grey. This was then followed by a free concert in the Drill Hall with  Rattlebox, Beeston Bump Bluegrass Band, Five shades of Grey and Partners in Time.


After a break to catch ones breath and have a meal, the evening kicked off with a concert by local celebrity and raconteur Tony Hall. Tony was up to his usual standard, was very entertaining and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The evening finished with a concert by Martin Simpson. He was highly professional but related to the highly receptive audience in a very relaxed and intimate manner. So impressed was he with the concert that he treated the audience to a new song that he had not performed in public before.

Many thanks to Pete Rushmer and Brian Antuar for doing all the groundwork to get the Festival up and running for this year, to the Aylsham Town Council and the Events Committee for their financial support, moral support and for organising volunteers to man the venues and to 'Smudge' Smith and Natasha Carver for all their administrative help and support.

We are planning to hold the Third Aylsham Festival of Dance, Music and Song on the weekend of September 6th and 7th 2019.

If you would like to be involved in some way, as a volunteer, a performer / s, dance group, choir, band, chamber group or what ever, or know of someone who would be interested, please do not hesitate to contact Brian Antuar on 01263 715762 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Big Music Night 35


Friday October 12th 2018


At Henley Community Centre

 HenleyIpswichSuffolk IP6 0RP

(approx 4 miles north of Ipswich)

Licensed Bar & plenty of parking space.


From 7.30pm  (doors open 7.00pm)

£5 on the door


The Back Garden Band - Columbines

Bernard Hoskin - Ipswich Piping Society - Grasshopper

  Mike Green & Dave Tricker - Mike & Kay

 The Felix Stowaways - The Peter Kerr Band

Folk & other acoustic music, Instrumentals and more, usually comprising nine acts, leading to a finale.

Proceeds after expenses are donated to local charities including

St Elizabeth Hospice & East Anglia's Children's Hospices


Further details for any of the above: Mike & Linda Green 01473-213740

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Ceilidhs on the Move


English ceilidh and barn dances for all ages and abilities in the Ipswich (Suffolk) area

with music from the best local and national bands

*** New Website cotm.org.uk ***

Date Band
15th Sept Take the Biscuit
20th Oct Ducking and Diving
17th Nov Harbour Lights Band
16th Feb Valient Band
16th Mar River Hundred Band
20th Apr Hoxne Ceilidh Band
18th May Keel Band

Clopton Village Hall IP13 6QN 

Doors open at 7pm, dancing from 7.30 to 11.00pm

**Bring your own drinks**       

 Advance tickets available from  01394 383329 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


 Adults               £8                    

 Youth  (10-16)   £4                                

 Under 10's         Free                   

 Family              £20                   

(2 Adults, 3 Children)        


New on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - The Folk Show

Just received this message from Sue Marchant who hosts the current folk show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Sue Marchant - Ms Folk - BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

New for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire starting on Monday  September 17th from 1900 – 2200 a new show celebrating all things folky in Cambridgeshire called The Folk Show  hosted by Sue Marchant and Nicky Stockman.  We encourage Folk artists, Morris, storytellers, instrument makers etc  to be in contact with their wares for future broadcasts.



Roger Dixon's important role in the discovery of traditional Norfolk singer, Walter Pardon

The late Rev. Roger Dixon - first to recognise the importance of the songs and tunes of Norfolk's Walter Pardon

North Norfolk folk organiser and archivist Brian Gaudet recalls the remarkable discovery in 1974 of traditional Norfolk singer Walter Pardon at the age of 59 – and the role played by the late Roger Dixon.

A memorial service has been held for the retired East Anglian teacher and clergyman who played a vital role in the discovery of Norfolk source singer Walter Pardon.

The Rev Roger Dixon, who died after a long illness, aged 84, earlier this year, was the lucky link between Walter – his second cousin – and revival singer/musician Peter Bellamy who had once been one of Roger’s school pupils.

Read more: Roger Dixon's important role in the discovery of traditional Norfolk singer, Walter Pardon

Suffolk Folk

Norfolk Folk Association