Freds Folks Ceilidh Band has been active in Nottingham and
surrounding areas for over 60 years. Whether you call it a
ceilidh, a folk dance, a barn dance, a Celtic event or RiverDance
look-alike, we do it! The Germans call it an "Irische Tanzabend".
really matters isn't us, it's the people who enjoy dancing
to us. See photos
of people enjoying our dances and photos
of us enjoying playing for them (updated 2019).
You can read about our history and
style, and listen
to us and see
our printed music on this web site.
many ceilidh bands, we play for listening to as well as for
dancing, so we play more-or-less non-stop throughout an evening,
even while the dancers are getting their breath back.
run ceilidhs mainly for beginners, as in weddings, birthday/anniversary
parties, welcomes for international students, harvests and
Germany we run ceilidhs in German; in France in French.
can also sing for you, sea shanties for pirate weddings a
speciality! We have a wide repertoire of mainly British songs.
are usually 4 or 5 members, but here are photos of some bigger
See here for a few of the many
See here for a 1968 document on the history of Folk Song Clubs in Nottingham.
Joy and Eric getting them dancing at an end-of-conference session
booking enquiries phone
Joy Foxley on 0115-9786858, or e-mail
music book is on-line
as a set of PDF pages. It is renowned world-wide. We receive
many comments such as "Many thanks for the superb collection
of printed music ... we are amazed at the variety and quantity
of brilliant tunes" (MR in UK); "I am beside myself
and totally speechless ... I have been searching for years
.... a friend of mine pointed out your pages to me. Thank
you from the bottom of my heart." (CAW in USA).
For other bookings around here if we can't make it, try the
Celebration Barn Dance Band (email@example.com
For bookings down to the south of England, try the Blue
See also Joy and Eric's photos of their other activities