Category Archives: Music

The Spring Heeled Jacks ceilidh for Oasis UK

I’m delighted to announce that The Spring Heeled Jacks ceilidh band will be hosting a fundraising ceilidh for Oasis UK on Friday 17 June in Lambeth North, London.

Oasis UK work in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK, providing Foodbanks, debt advice centres, youth and children’s projects, anti-trafficking awareness and much more. Given the current economic climate, Oasis is often called on to step in where local councils are unable to provide support so their work really is a vital lifeline for many.

I’ll post more details of the event soon.

Judging sword dancing in Boston, MA

This weekend I’m going over the pond to be a judge at DART, the Dancing America Rapper Tournament. It is a great honour to be invited. I can’t wait!

I danced at DART last year and back in 2010 with my team, the Sallyport Sword Dancers, and on both occasions had a fantastic time, meeting lots of great people and watching some fabulous dancing.

Ceilidh to the rescue!

A friend of mine’s sister was getting married up in Newcastle last week. Unfortunately the band she’d booked for the ceilidh at the reception had to pull out the evening before. I got a message asking if I could possibly help. The wonderful Becky Graham put together and led a great band with Simon Stephenson and Hannah Norman, and I called the dances. We had a lovely evening, and everyone had a good time.

I was flattered with the compliment, “I go to a lot of ceilidhs, and you were the best caller we’ve come across in a long time.” Thank you very much, it’s much appreciated! x

Durham Miners’ Gala

Very much enjoyed taking part in the Durham Miners’ Gala again this year with the Sallyport Sword Dancers. Whatever your politics, it is fantastic to be involved in such a proud, lively event full of people wanting to stand up for their heritage, culture and beliefs whilst having a good time. Loads of great music, including many brass bands! I highly recommend a visit next year.