FEBRUARY 18 2017

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

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Our "New bands, New to Meltdown" mini-series continues in 2017...


Next Up ...


BANTER + Caller Nick Walden

www.banter.band


A big, warm Meltdown welcome to Simon Care's new trio (and yes- it really is a trio! 😀)

Featuring Simon Care (melodeon), Nina Zella (piano/keyboards) and Tim Walker (brass, percussion), BANTER is a band to watch.  Bursting on to the Festival scene in their first year, Banter are all about having a great night dancing to the best tunes, played with a cheeky twist…

Nick Walden is an old-hand at the Meltdowns, and one of the most popular Callers on the folk circuit


So let's shake off these blue winter days, get dancing and 'jiggy' with BANTER

See www.meltdownec.org.uk for full details, FAQs etc.

Come with friends! ... Talk to Penny for Group / Family discounts. 


TICKETS ON DOOR or reserve: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

£12/ £10 all usual concessions / £5 STUDENT SPECIAL: Under-25s in full-time education.

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SO WHAT ARE MELTDOWN CEILIDHS?? (say that kaylee)

MELTDOWN has been run entirely Not-for-Profit by Volunteers at Clair Hall since 2001.

Barn Dancing is a fun, easy dance form for everyone. You've probably had a blast at one at a Wedding? The English Ceilidh scene is on the high-energy end of the scenee. Leaping, or walking about (as age, energy and fitness dictate!) to some of the very best bands on the English ceilidh circuit. You will dance in groups (sets) - but you don't have to bring a partner - just ask someone for a dance. You'll soon get to know the 'regulars' (Who are a very friendly lot!) So there's always a range of ages, sizes and experience in any given set - all getting on and all having a great, smiley time!
No classes to attend, no exams or grades -  no 'sniffy experts' looking down at you if you do go wrong! And without many actual steps to learn - it's easy to pick it all up anyway!

MELTDOWN always books festival-level bands and Callers. Each band brings a different set of instruments, influences and repertoire to the dances - so no two evenings are the same in a season. Bands can range from modern traditional at one end to guitar-heavy folk-rock at the other, with a good smattering of European and World influences in their mixes. The only critera we use in booking bands is that they have to make the Committee want to get up and dance all night!!

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As  usual - If you want a table set up and reserved for you the bar (which opens into the hall so you won't miss the action but can hold a conversation!) - talk to Penny beforehand ...

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the details:

WHEN: Saturday February 18 2017. 20:00 - 23:15. Doors open 19:45.

WHERE: Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

ALL TICKET DETAILS:  here

www.meltdownec.org.uk

OCTOBER 14th 2017

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

To kick off the 17th Autumn series, we welcome back one of our favourite combinations of band and Caller ...

JIGALOTS +  FEE LOCK


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https://jigalots.wordpress.com/


Their NEW full 5-piece line-up will be with us on the night. Yippee!

Line-up comprises:
- Gary O'Mahoney (melodeon/concertina)
- Rob Watkins (fiddle/octave fiddle)
- Fiz Markham (bass and Bb clarinets)
- Andy Richards (pipe and tabor/hurdy gurdy/rauschpfeife )
- Heather Horsley (keyboard)

So here's a little Youtube clip of the new line up at Towersey Festivel'17  (with Michelle Holding calling)

JIGALOTS.  With a great set of interesting instruments - plus that rauschpfeife (name literally means 'noise-pipe')! - giving a wonderful varied sound, JIGALOTS can play a richly mixed bag of music from 14th to the 21st century; with a few self penned tunes thrown in.

The band says, "The only requirement for any tune we play is that whoever is listening to us will want to dance. We are all dancers ourselves and we know just how important it is to make our music very danceable!" ... and it most certainly is!

Fee Lock is one of the most experienced - and probably the only rock-chick - Caller on the folk circuit! Fee spices up an unerring eye for what the dance-floor wants by pogo-ing up and down between cut-glass enunciations!  Her clear instructions, favourite after danceable favourite spiked with unusual new dances always make for a great evening.

So let's shape-up to winter, get dancing and jiggy with JIGALOTS

See www.meltdownec.org.uk for full details, FAQs etc.

Come with friends! ... Talk to Penny for Group / Family discounts. 


TICKETS ON DOOR or reserve: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

£12/ £10 all usual concessions / £5 STUDENT SPECIAL: Under-25s in full-time education.

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SO WHAT ARE MELTDOWN CEILIDHS?? (say that kaylee)

MELTDOWN has been run entirely Not-for-Profit by Volunteers at Clair Hall since 2001.

Barn Dancing is a fun, easy dance form for everyone. You've probably had a blast at one at a Wedding? English Ceilidh is the high-energy end. Leaping, or walking about (as age, energy and fitness dictate!) to some of the very best bands on the English ceilidh circuit. You will dance in groups (sets) - but you don't have to bring a partner - just ask someone for a dance. You'll soon get to know the 'regulars' (who are a very friendly lot!). So there's always a range of ages, sizes and experience in any given set - all getting on and all having a great, smiley time!
No classes to attend, no exams or grades -  no 'sniffy experts' looking down at you if you do go wrong! And without many actual steps to learn - it's easy to pick it all up anyway!

MELTDOWN always books festival-level bands and Callers. Each band brings a different set of instruments, influences and repertoire to the dances - so no two evenings are the same in a season. Bands can range from modern traditional at one end to guitar-heavy folk-rock at the other, with a good smattering of European and World influences in their mixes. The only critera we use in booking bands is that they have to make the Committee want to get up and dance all night!!

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As  usual - If you want a table set up and reserved for you the bar (which opens into the hall so you won't miss the action but can hold a conversation!) - talk to Penny beforehand ...

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

T: 01273 541453

the details:

WHEN: Saturday OCTOBER 14 2017. 20:00 - 23:15. Doors open 19:45.

WHERE: Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

ALL TICKET DETAILS:  here

www.meltdownec.org.uk

DECEMBER 16th 2017

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN 

 

ASHA 

A rather special end to the year!
ASHA was the 3rd band to play for us when we started the series in 2001 and since then we have welcomed them back to Clair Hall four times.

This is also our Christmas Party dance, with the now 'traditional' dress-code
of all things Reds'n'Black ~ for as many as will! Let the festivities begin!

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Jackie Allen: fiddle, sax, clarinet, recorder. Caller.
Joe Allen: fiddle, keyboard.
Pete Lockwood: keyboard, sax, percussion.
Lynn Swain: flute. recorder, whistles. Caller
Gerald Claridge: electric and acoustic guitar.

Asha began as an unlikely collaboration between 'Token Women' violinist Jackie Allen and 'Cock and Bull Band' multi-instrumentalist Pete Lockwood, who became a trio with the addition of Peter Lubbock on guitars, releasing their debut CD "Close Enough”, to much critical acclaim.

They were then joined by Lynn Swain from Sussex supergroup 'Touchwood', on flute, whistle and recorder, embarking on a round of numerous festivals and ceilidhs before recording their second CD "Into the Light". After a line up re-shuffle, which saw guitarist Peter move on to be replaced by the Northampton duo of 'Tickled Pink' guitarist, Gerald Claridge and melodeon ace Dave Jolly. Their third CD “Nifty Thrifty” showcased the band’s mastery of creating concert style arrangements of self-penned ceilidh tunes.

More recently, with Dave Jolly’s move to France, Asha have introduced Jackie’s son Joe on violin creating a lovely double violin feature to their distinctive sound. 

So get off that sofa! Come and dance your socks off to ASHA

See www.meltdownec.org.uk for full details, FAQs etc.

Come with friends! ... Talk to Penny for Group / Family discounts. 


TICKETS ON DOOR or reserve: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

£12/ £10 all usual concessions / £5 STUDENT SPECIAL: Under-25s in full-time education.

******************

SO WHAT ARE MELTDOWN CEILIDHS?? (say that kaylee)

MELTDOWN has been run entirely Not-for-Profit by Volunteers at Clair Hall since 2001.

Barn Dancing is a fun, easy dance form for everyone. You've probably had a blast at one at a Wedding? English Ceilidh is the high-energy end. Leaping, or walking about (as age, energy and fitness dictate!) to some of the very best bands on the English ceilidh circuit. You will dance in groups (sets) - but you don't have to bring a partner - just ask someone for a dance. You'll soon get to know the 'regulars' (who are a very friendly lot!). So there's always a range of ages, sizes and experience in any given set - all getting on and all having a great, smiley time!
No classes to attend, no exams or grades -  no 'sniffy experts' looking down at you if you do go wrong! And without many actual steps to learn - it's easy to pick it all up anyway!

MELTDOWN always books festival-level bands and Callers. Each band brings a different set of instruments, influences and repertoire to the dances - so no two evenings are the same in a season. Bands can range from modern traditional at one end to guitar-heavy folk-rock at the other, with a good smattering of European and World influences in their mixes. The only critera we use in booking bands is that they have to make the Committee want to get up and dance all night!!

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As  usual - If you want a table set up and reserved for you the bar (which opens into the hall so you won't miss the action but can hold a conversation!) - talk to Penny beforehand ...

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

T: 01273 541453

the details:

WHEN: Saturday OCTOBER 14 2017. 20:00 - 23:15. Doors open 19:45.

WHERE: Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

ALL TICKET DETAILS:  here

www.meltdownec.org.uk

 

NOVEMBER 18th 2017

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

For November, we WELCOME BACK the lovely gin-and-shoe-preoccupied divas of Folk,
plus their 'token male' Gareth, that comprise ...

POLKAWORKS

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http://polkaworks.co.uk

Our Caller for the night is Gordon Potts

Jennie Harris: one-row melodeon
Sue Harris: hammer dulcimer
Nina Hansell: fiddle
Katie Howson: melodeons, mouthorgan
Fi Fraser: fiddle
Gareth Kiddier: piano

In 2008, Gareth was asked to put together a pit band for the Saturday night concert at a musicians’ weekend. He asked five of the most talented and female traditional dance musicians to join him! The result was so much fun that they now play for English dances as PolkaWorks. As they are scattered across the UK from Wales to East Anglia and all busy people, the opportunities to play together are always special occasions!

Between them, these musicians have played in many of the most significant English ceilidh bands over the last forty years, influencing the shape and sound of traditional English dance music into the twenty first century.

Gordon is one of the most experienced Callers on the circuit and a firm favourite at Festivals up and down the country
(and he's partial to a nice gin too!).

Perhaps I'd better put a bottle in the raffle!

 

So get off that sofa, c'mon in and get jumping-about happy with POLKAWORKS

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Free car-parking on site, fully licenced bar, air-con ...  a warm welcome and a friendly crowd!

See www.meltdownec.org.uk for full details, FAQs etc.

Come with friends! ... Talk to Penny for Group / Family discounts. 


TICKETS ON DOOR or reserve: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

£12/ £10 all usual concessions / £5 STUDENT SPECIAL: Under-25s in full-time education!

******************

So what ARE Meltdown Ceilidhs?? (say that kaylee)

MELTDOWN has been run entirely Not-for-Profit by Volunteers at Clair Hall since 2001.

Barn Dancing is a fun, easy dance form for everyone. You've probably had a blast at one at a Wedding? English Ceilidh is the high-energy end. Leaping, or walking about (as age, energy and fitness dictate!) to some of the very best bands on the English ceilidh circuit. You will dance in groups (sets) - but you don't have to bring a partner - just ask someone for a dance. You'll soon get to know the 'regulars' (who are a very friendly lot!). So there's always a range of ages, sizes and experience in any given set - all getting on and all having a great, smiley time!
No classes to attend, no exams or grades -  no 'sniffy experts' looking down at you if you do go wrong! And without many actual steps to learn - it's easy to pick it all up anyway!

MELTDOWN always books festival-level bands and Callers. Each band brings a different set of instruments, influences and repertoire to the dances - so no two evenings are the same in a season. Bands can range from modern traditional at one end to guitar-heavy folk-rock at the other, with a good smattering of European and World influences in their mixes. The only critera we use in booking bands is that they have to make the Committee want to get up and dance all night!!

******************

As  usual - If you want a table set up and reserved for you the bar (which opens into the hall so you won't miss the action but can hold a conversation!) - talk to Penny beforehand ...

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

T: 01273 541453

the details:

WHEN: Saturday NOVEMBER 18 2017. 20:00 - 23:15. Doors open 19:45.

WHERE: Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

ALL TICKET DETAILS:  here

www.meltdownec.org.uk

 

FEBRUARY 17th 2018

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN 

The Linda Game Trio 

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A rather special beginning to the year!

This month we look forward to a slightly different Meltdown - just couldn't miss the opportunity to have a few ceilidh-friendly Contras (American longways sets) in the dance-mix of the evening. We've often been asked to include them, so here we go ... 

The Linda Game Trio

Local player Linda Game has been a top dance musician for many years. She currently plays in Token Women, The Fold and the duo English Contra Dance Band. Previously she has been a member of Kitchen Girls, Zoox and the lead fiddle in Broken Ankles Appalachian Cloggers. 
Linda formed this trio to play the week-long Sidmouth Folk Week in 2015.

 

Chris and Patrice hail from the Bluegrass and American Old Time string band scene, have played many major festivals and have a once-a-month residency in Southampton. They play in the band for Brighton Appalachain dancers Crooked Moon and run the house concert venue Music at the Buildings

 

Gill Emerson has called for many festivals and dances and works with several of today's top ceilidh bands. This is her first 'onstage' vist to Meltdown although you may well have danced with her on the floor!          

LGT 3Linda Game: fiddle, chincello.
Chris Aggs: guitar.
Patrice Aggs: double bass.


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So off that sofa with you!
Come and whirl your socks off to LINDA and her pals!

See www.meltdownec.org.uk for full details, FAQs etc.

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Come with friends! ... Talk to Penny for Group / Family discounts. 


TICKETS ON DOOR or reserve: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

£12/ £10 all usual concessions / £5 STUDENT SPECIAL: Under-25s in full-time education!

******************

SO WHAT ARE MELTDOWN CEILIDHS?? (say that kaylee)

Barn Dancing is a fun, easy dance form for everyone. You've probably had a blast at one at a Wedding? English Ceilidh is the high-energy end. Leaping, or walking about (as age, energy and fitness dictate!) to some of the very best bands on the English ceilidh circuit. You will dance in groups (sets) - but you don't have to bring a partner - just ask someone for a dance. You'll soon get to know the 'regulars' (who are a very friendly lot!). So there's always a range of ages, sizes and experience in any given set - all getting on and all having a great, smiley time!
No classes to attend, no exams or grades -  no 'sniffy experts' looking down at you if you do go wrong! And without many actual steps to learn - it's easy to pick it all up anyway!

MELTDOWN always books festival-level bands and Callers. Each band brings a different set of instruments, influences and repertoire to the dances - so no two evenings are the same in a season. Bands can range from modern traditional at one end to guitar-heavy folk-rock at the other, with a good smattering of European and World influences in their mixes. The only critera we use in booking bands is that they have to make the Committee want to get up and dance all night!!

MELTDOWN has been run entirely Not-for-Profit by volunteers at Clair Hall since 2001.

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As  usual - If you want a table set up and reserved for you the bar (which opens into the hall so you won't miss the action but can hold a conversation!) - talk to Penny beforehand ...

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

T: 01273 541453

the details:

WHEN: Saturday FEBRUARY 17 2018. 20:00 - 23:15. Doors open 19:45.

WHERE: Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

ALL TICKET DETAILS:  here

www.meltdownec.org.uk