25 May 2008

Brighton Festival Ceilidh

Corn Exchange

£10, children £7, family ticket £30 (2 adults & 2 children)

Every year the perennial Ceilidh sends the Festival off in style with a whoop and a holler and a foot-stomping do-si-do! This year is no exception as South London's Celtic mix innovators the Flying Chaucers kick-off the carousing with a flourish of reels, polkas, jigs and hornpipes to get even the most confirmed wallflower on their toes and in the heart of the action.

Sunday 29th June
Golders Hill Park
, Bandstand.
3 to 5pm Hampstead Heath, NW3 .  Free



Come and be entertained with a lively set of polkas, jigs, reels, songs and

much more!


Look forward to seeing you there.


"Take your partner by the hand and get ready to be dozy-dozed by South London's Celtic Mix innovators - The Flying Chaucers"

Les Elvin – guitar / bass / bazouki

Christopher Evans - melodeon / whistles

Sarah Pavey - caller / flute / whistles

Michael Shakespeare - fiddle / mandolin

Mel Wright – percussion


High energy celtic mix innovators, The Flying Chaucers, with their inimitable style of pan European tunes including Irish, Scottish, English, French, Italian and East European can give first class entertainment value at any function. The band has built its reputation on communal ceilidh events around the UK with its jigs, reels, polkas and waltzes.


The band's origins lie in the Oxleas Woods River Crossing Campaign of 1994 when they contributed their first Euro-Celtic performance to a mass of eco supporters. The band came together from member of folk-rockers "Traitors Gait", the South London ceilidh collective "Nellie" and others from blues and indie backgrounds.


The Chaucers gained some notoriety when they appeared at the mud bath of the 1997 Glastonbury Festival. They were the first band on as the weather brightened and were well received with their self penned "Stop The Rain Jig”.


Over the years The Chaucers have been a hit at both large and small events. Aside from The Glastonbury Festival, they have made frequent appearances at The Royal Festival Hall foyer and also played at The Guildford Festival, in the company of Richard Thompson, The McGarrigles, Jethro Tull and The Levellers. They have had fun-packed gigs at the gigantic Brighton Dome, Blackheath Halls and Cité de la Musique in Paris (an Irish festival where other artists included Lunasa, Sharon Shannon, Altan and the Kane Sisters). They have also featured on Radio London.


The polka –lovinChaucers will get you jigging around the floor and reeling up the walls! Why not give us a call now?