MARCH 18 2017
Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN
The Oxford Nags is a four piece ceilidh band based around Oxfordshire and a bit of Hampshire. They play stonking English tunes for stonking English dance.
Caller: Aidan Hansell
This new 'all-star' band was formed in 2016 for an Oxford Folk Weekend fundraiser, and now they're coming down to strut their stuff at Meltdown.Mostly old friends to the Meltdowns (our Regulars will instantly recognise 3 out of 4 musicians!), they will be joined this time by new-to-us Caller Aidan Hansell.
With this line-up - it's guaranteed to be a great night! ....
Nina Hansell (PolkaWorks [Meltdown Oct.2015, Nov.2017] ,The Bismarcks)
Sandy Shallis (Tinker's Ditch, Sandy Shallis & Tim Howes)
Andy Turner (Geckoes [Meltdown Oct.2016], Magpie Lane)
Gareth Kiddier (Polkaworks,[Meltdown Oct.2015, Nov.2017] The Watch [Meltdown Mar.2014], English Contra Dance Band)
Nina Hansell has been playing the fiddle and English traditional music for more than 30 years and is deeply committed to traditional dance, through morris, clog and providing music for other dancers. She delights audiences with her passion for playing bouncy English tunes – not only do the audience feel the need to dance, she does too; in fact she can't not.
Sandy Shallis is a melodeon player from Adderbury. She plays for folk and local ceilidh bands including Tinker's Ditch, and her local ladies morris side. She recently teamed up with Tim Howes and won Best Folk Duo at the Chipping Norton Music Festival. John Kirkpatrick described their performance as outstanding. Sandy keeps her melodeon-arm muscles in shape by pulling pints in The Bell, Adderbury, which she manages with courtesy and aplomb.
Andy Turner plays anglo-concertina with Oxfordshire dance band Geckoes, and with the concert band Magpie Lane. He is a very experienced dance musician, having been playing for ceilidhs, barn dances and morris for over 35 years. Andy gets tunes out of an Anglo concertina that aren't there. He is a lot older than he looks.
Gareth Kiddier sits in the corner and plays the piano, and generally does what he's told.
As usual - If you want a table set up and reserved for you the bar - talk to Penny beforehand ...
T: 01273 541453
WHEN: Saturday MARCH 18th 2017. 20:00 - 23:15. Doors open 19:45.
WHERE: Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN
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