January 2016

Posted by Ed Hicks on January 7, 2016

Hi Everyone,

I just clicked send on the Trad Academy E-mail’s mailchimp account and looked at my inbox and to my horror realised I’d just all of you an e-mail with the subject line you all probably saw in your inbox.  I’m really sorry about that, a friend of mine offered to help redesign the mailing list and obviously typed that into the subject box when they were working.  When they handed it over to me the e-mail was passed the stage where you put the subject in and I didn’t notice what’s they’d written.

I’m really sorry if that offended anyone especially anyone who’s signed up to the list who I haven’t met.  It probably won’t do our spam filters any good either.  On the plus side I’m just glad the e-mail wasn’t about the former culture secretary.

Anyhow, happy new year to everyone and I do look forward to seeing lots of you to play some tunes and sing some song soon!

Take Care,


New course: Old Time Music

We’ve programmed in a new instrumental tunes course starting next Wednesday which will be looking at playing American old time music. The course will be aimed at players of banjos, fiddles, guitars and other strings but it’s open to players of all instruments – join us from Wednesday January 13th at 14 Bacon Street, London.

Alice dancing slim

Learn flat foot dancing on Mondays

Alice Cade’s flatfooting classes are starting up again on January 11th. Beginners are welcome – and more experienced dancers will learn something new. Everyone’s welcome to join the session in the Elderfield pub afterward (take a look at this great video of Phoebe Douthwaite in action there).

23rd January: Disco Ceilidh Fundraiser
Save the date for our fundraiser to raise money for the Sea Shanty Choir’s international tour. Find out more about the event here.


Polska course

Thanks to everyone that came to Esbjorn’s Polska course in December.  It was a big success and Esbjorn was really happy with people’s progress.  There’s plans to organise another one starting in March so watch this space.

Other non-Trad Academy Stuff:

Grand Bal with Les Zéoles, Sunday 28th Feb

Come and join London Balfolk (formerly SOAS French Folk Dance Society) on Sunday 28th February for an evening of French/european folk dance in Exmouth market with Parisan Duo Les Zéoles

Fire in the Mountain

Once again we’ll be programming music and dance workshops over the weekend and once again there’ll be loads of great bands.  Tickets available soon.

Thank you!

Thanks for reading to the bottom!  Look forward to seeing lots you at various classes, gigs and other places.  If there’s a course you’d like teach, something you’d like to see us program/make happen or any other feedback do drop us a line.

Send this e-mail to your friends if you think they’d be interested!

See you all soon,

Ed Hicks

Courses from The Trad Academy

Old Time Music Course – January 2016
Wednesdays ∙ 13 January 2016 to 17 February 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm
£10 a session or £50 for all six weeks (email us for information about concessions)
No 14 Bacon Street
With Ed Hicks
Please email us to reserve your place

Flatfoot Dancing – January and February 2016
Mondays ∙ 11 January 2016 to 15 February 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm ∙
£10 a session or £50 for all six weeks (email us for information about concessions)
The Round Chapel
With Alice Cade
Please email us to reserve your place

Sea Shanty Choir – January and February 2016
Thursdays ∙ 7 January 2016 to 11 February 2016
7:30pm – 9:30pm
7th January free for new members then monthly/quarterly subscription
The Round Chapel
With Pete Truin
Please email us to reserve your place