Red Fox Ceilidhs is Leicestershire's own ceilidh series based in central Leicester. Ceilidhs are held 6 times a year, and always have a live band with an expert caller, a real ale bar, and half-time entertainment from a local dance team.
We aim to make the evening fun for everyone, whether you want to dance all night or just watch your friends. No experience is necessary, and you don't need a partner - there will be plenty of other people there for you to dance with.
Red Fox Ceilidh's is now 100% not for profit
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7:30 for 8pm until 11pm
Church of the Martyrs, Community Hall
19 Westcotes Drive (off Narborough Road), Leicester, LE3 0QT
Moirai (pronounced 'More-eye')
Three women who manage to create an orchestra and a choir of sounds and yet there are still only three of us. Throw away your preconceptions about what constitutes folk music and open your minds to a colourful pallet of sounds and song. With over 90 years collective experience of playing for dance between us, we guarantee an evening of rhythm-fuelled music that will excite your feet and nurture your soul! We will take you on a roller-coaster ride through beautiful traditional tunes, haunting and buoyant compositions and songs that will pluck at your heartstrings as well as have you holding your sides to prevent bursting with laughter.
Mazurkas, Polkas, Jigs, Rants, Waltzes, Schottishes... Jo Freya will expertly guide you through the basics, so don't worry if some of these dance forms are unfamiliar. They won't be by the end of the night!
Many bands can do beautiful music, many bands can do comedy, many focus on instrumentals others on their vocals, here you get it all in one tight but fluid package.
Between us you get diatonic accordion, flute, fiddle, viola, guitar, traditional whistles, soprano and tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet and three voices.
Many colours in a small prism.
Moirai means 'Spinners of Destiny' and performances weave the trio's instrumental talents with haunting vocals. The result: enchanting musical arrangements delivered with skill and a healthy dollop of humour.
Red Fox Ceilidhs began at the beginning of 2011. We held four ceilidhs in the first half of 2011, in partnership with Leicester City Council and vInspired, a youth volunteering programme.
With incredible support from the local community the series is now well established part of the calendar.
If you would like to join our team of helpful volunteers at future events please scroll down to Get Involved.
Red Fox Ceilidhs can be found in the hall (Community Hall) attached to Church of the Martyrs in the heart of Leicester's West End.
The venue is half way between Fosse Road South and Narborough Road (A5460, which runs direct from M1 J21) in between Westcotes Drive and Shaftesbury Road, you can assess the hall from either side.
If your driving, there is very limited parking at the hall (accessible from Shaftesbury Road) and lots of street parking all round the area. Or simply walk the short distance from De Montfort University (10 mins), the town centre (20 mins) or the railway station and Leicester University are just a little further away (around 30 minutes walk).
Ceilidh is the Scottish word for a barn dance, or country dancing. Like their Scottish counterparts, English ceilidhs are fun and sociable events with live music and entertainment.
The most important thing about Red Fox Ceilidhs is the atmosphere – everyone is welcome, whatever their experience and whether or not they want to dance!
We welcome people of any age to attend and encourage whole families to come along – discounted tickets are available to young people up to the age of 26.
We always provide a full bar serving real ale and a range of alcoholic and soft drinks as well as snacks and sweets.
All of this creates a lively, fun atmosphere that's infectious. You can't help but become part of the event.
Ceilidh dances are a mixture of old and new, some simple and some with more complex figures. Most of them are English in origin, but there is lots of crossover with other traditions, particularly Scottish dancing - but ceilidh is not American line-dancing!
A caller will explain the steps in a walk-through and then continue to call reminders as necessary during the dance.
The common formations for English dances are large circles, square sets, and longways sets in lines with a partner. For most dances you will need a partner (although you don't have to bring your own – there are plenty of people to dance with at each event), but for some dances you do not stay with the same person throughout the dance.
There is no special footwork, and no experience is necessary. At Red Fox Ceilidhs we welcome dancers and non-dancers alike: whether you want to dance all night or simply sit and enjoy the music!
This mix of experience creates the unique environment we believe make English Ceilidh special.
At Red Fox Ceilidhs there will always be a live band. We like to have a different band (and caller) each time, and we like to showcase local talent, so please get in touch if you would like to suggest a band for future events.
The music played is a mixture of jigs, polkas and tunes in 4-4 (not necessarily reels, as these tend to be Scottish or Irish tunes). Depending on the band the music might be straightforward English folk music, or with influences from jazz, rock, bluegrass and even pop.
At Red Fox Ceilidhs we feature dance display teams from the local area at half time. Whilst these are usually traditional English dancers (such as morris or clog dancers) we welcome dance teams from any tradition: please get in touch if your team would be interested in doing a spot.
For a full description of English ceilidh, please visit the Webfeet website.
Red Fox Ceilidhs are always looking for bands, callers, performers and volunteers to make our events the best they can be. How can you help out?
Feel comfortable volunteering or performing knowing that Red Fox is 100% not for profit – read more.
Each band and caller creates a unique event for every ceilidh. If you think you have what it takes to create another amazing Red Fox Ceilidh, please get in touch. It doesn't matter how long you've been going, in fact we are well placed to offer new bands a showcase. We don't pay commercial rates, but we offer you a public platform where potential clients can come and see you. We will also promote you in a full festival style, with blurb and link to your website permanently on this website. Bands are offered a secured underwritten fee topped up with takings from the door, the more people you attract, the more you go home with.
Callers normally come with the bands, but sometimes a band likes a recommendation from us. Let us know what you've done and who you've worked with and we'll start a conversation.
Our bands like a break, our dancers like a rest, but nobody wants the atmosphere to die – are you able to fill that gap. Like many festival ceilidhs and ceilidh series across the country we are normally looking for some sort of folk dance to fill the gap, but any lively, spirited entertainment that will capture the imagination of our audience is what we need! So far we have Cotswold morris, rapper dancers, step clog, north west and garland dance, application step, molly dancers, border morris, samba bands; more of the same would be most welcome, something new would be fantastic; tell us what you have got!
Each ceilidh requires many hands on the deck. Whether it's promoting the event, setting up the room, running the door, serving drinks at the bar or helping to tidy away - every help is always greatly appreciated. Red Fox Ceilidhs is always happy to commend you volunteering in order to enhance you CV or qualification points.
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