October 2015

Posted by Ed Hicks on October 22, 2015

Hello everyone!

I thought I’d write and let you all know there’s four more courses on the horizon.  Starting off this Saturday 24th October, we’ve got Aaron Jonah Lewis and his Corn Potato String Band in town playing at the Harrison.  Before their gig Aaron will be doing an hour long workshop on Old Time Fiddle in the Harrison Basement.  Me and Jerry Bloom will also be opening the gig up by playing some fiddle and banjo tunes.  The Corn Potatoes are a great band and do a nice combination of tin pan alley tunes, Mexican fiddle numbers and Polkas, as well as Old Time and Bluegrass, so even if you don’t play fiddle come down and have a listen.

aaron and luke 2

The Flatfooting Course at the Round Chapel went well and everyone had a good time.  I feel like we all learned loads and big thank you to Alice Cade for doing such a good job of teaching the course.  There’s going to be another six week term in the same place before Christmas.  It starts up again on Monday 2nd of November so come on down and join us.  If you can wear leather soled shoes that’s the best, but any hard soled shoes you can slide in will do pretty well.  There’s a nice video of us dancing in the pub afterwards here.


Anyone who attending Esbjorn’s Scandinavian Music Course will be pleased to know that there’s another one coming up before Christmas.  It’s going to be in a new venue at 14 Bacon Street, just off Brick Lane so nice and easy to get to for everyone.  This is a four week course and Esbjorn’s going to be looking at different kinds of Polskas as well as how to make harmonies and arrange a piece in “Scandi-style”.  It all starts on Wednesday 11th November.

After that we’ve got another open day for any new singers wanting to join the fabulous Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir! The choir really does so much good stuff and is already working on their second album. It’s a non-audition choir and you don’t need singing experience to join, you just need to be free to come along to the Round Chapel on Thursday 5th November.  The first session for new members is completely free and then if you want to join you can sign up.

The choir doing their stretches before the recording session

The choir doing their stretches before the recording session

Last but not least there’s also a Dance Around The World event on this weekend at Cecil Sharp House which might be of interest to some dancers.  There’s also a new folk listings page which is worth having a look at: check out folk and honey and one of the events that’s listed is bound to be the Harrison’s All Day Folk Festival.

Right that’s the end of this message.  There’s more details about the courses below and on the website.

Send this message on to friends if you think they might want to come dancing and singing and hopefully I’ll see you all soon.


Old Time Fiddle Workshop with Aaron Jonah Lewis
7:00pm – 8:00pm, Saturday 24 Oct 2015
£10 for the workshop (email us for information about concessions)
The Harrison Pub, Kings Cross
With Aaron Jonah Lewis
Please email us to reserve your place

Flatfoot Dancing – November and December 2015
Mondays ∙ 7:00pm – 8:30pm ∙ 2 November 2015 to 7 December 2015
£10 a session or £50 for all six weeks
(email us for information about concessions)
The Round Chapel
With Alice Cade and Jess Collins
Please email us to reserve your place
Scandinavian Folk Music November and December 2015
Wednesdays ∙ 7:00pm – 8:30pm ∙ 11 November 2015 to 2 December 2015
£40 for four weeks (email us for information about concessions)
No 14 Bacon Street
With Esbjorn Wettermark
Please email us to reserve your place
Sea Shanty Choir – November and December 2015
Thursdays ∙ 7:30pm – 9:30pm ∙ 5 November 2015 to 17 December 2015
5th November free for new members then monthly/quarterly subscription
The Round Chapel
With Pete Truin
Please email us to reserve your place