9. Bands, Callers, Clubs and Listings

The East Devon area is blessed with access to a wealth of local bands and callers who all seem very keen to come and come again to support folk dancing in the quaint and characterful hall in Gittisham on a Wednesday night – almost whatever the weather!

This page lists bands and callers which have performed at club nights over the last two years and also contains details of some other clubs and dances within about 25 miles of Honiton.

It also has useful information on other folk dance listing sites.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club:                            Featured bands:

Band NameContactNumberEmailWebsite
Bridgewater BandRobert Blackborow01483 491 662
Casterbridge BandRuth Thompson01300 321396band@casterbridge.nethttp://www.casterbridgeband.co.uk
Chris ToyneChris Toyne01963 210403chris.toyne@btinternet.com
Dancing KeysHazel Ridd07813 774967hazelridd@hotmail.co.uk
Fresh AireGraham Barrett01823 461 632lydeard.barrett@talk21.com
Friendly FolkBrian Graham01643 707 294briangraham50@tiscali.co.uk
Home BrewColin Andrews01368 877 216bonnygreen@btinternet.comhttp://www.homebrewband.co.uk
Iain Bryden BandIain Bryden01460 241 326
JerokaKay Chawner01935 824 674jerokamusic@gmail.comhttp://www.jeroka.co.uk
Jigs for GigsIain Bryden01460 241 326
Mischief and MayhemKelvin01395 514 291info@mischiefandmayhem.co.ukmischiefandmayhem.moonfruit.com
Pair of ShearsSteve Shears07976 920962bathpianoworkshop@gmail.com
Tight SqueezeIan Andersonianharmonica@gmail.com
Gittisham FDC: Callers featured in last 2 years
Aileen Wills01392 258 719
Chris Turner020 88890634chrisdancing@aol.com
Chris Jewell01237 423554chrisjewell99@hotmail.co.uk
Colin Andrews01363 877 216bonnygreen@btinternet.com
Graham Barrett01823 461 632lydeard.barrett@talk21.com
Jane Thomas01884 855 267righthandstar@btinternet.com
Jeremy Child01392 422119jeremy.m.child@gmail.com
Ray Goodswen01278 424 332raydosido@hotmail.com
Robert Blackborow01483 491 662
Simon Maplesden01884 33571simon_maplesden@yahoo.co.uk
Ted Farmer01392 466 326barbara459@talktalk.net


Good sources of folk dance information are:

East Devon Folk  a site for folk music in the area, including dance clubs http://www.eastdevonfolk.org

What’s Afoot & Flaxey Green   a Devon listing magazine and website       www.flaxey-green.co.uk

SADFolk                     a Somerset and Dorset listings site                                     www.sadfolk.co.uk

Set & Turn Single          a nationwide listings site                                    www.setandturnsingle.org.uk

Local Dances and Clubs:
NOTE: listings may not be up to date so always check with the organisers .
Aylesbeare Folk Dance Club                                (about 13 miles from Honiton)

Alternate Fridays Aylesbeare Village Hall
Ted Farmer Telephone 01392 466326
Bridport Folk Dancing Club                                (about 21 miles from Honiton)
Meets every Monday evening, 7.30 – 9.30 pm, WI Hall, North Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JQ
For info call Jane on 01308 898 002     or      Monty on 01308 423 442.
Bridport Ceilidhs                                                    (about 21 miles from Honiton)
1st Saturdays (& 3rd Sat in April) excl. May, July, August
7.30-11pm Church House Hall, South Street, Brdiport
See website: www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com                      or call 01308 423 442
Chard Folk Dance Club                                        (about 14 miles from Honiton)
Chard Folk Dance Club meets alternate Thursday evenings, 8pm, at the Village Hall., Underway, Combe St Nicholas TA20 3NY . The Village Hall is opposite Broadwell Close and near the junction of Underway with Frog Lane and Whiteway. Parking on the road.
Call 01460 65909 or 61996

d’Accord French Dance        Ide                                             (about 23 miles from Honiton)
3rd Friday 8.00pm – French and Breton Dances – Ide Village Hall, Nr Exeter
Call: Pat Tomkins 01392 811593
Exeter – Contra                                                                         (about 17 miles from Honiton)
A relatively new venture to get contra dance going in Exeter, by local caller Jeremy Child. St Katherine’s Priory, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 7JY
Friday evenings – 2nd Friday of the month
website: http://barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html 

email:       jemery@barndancecaller.net

Exeter Folk Dance Club                                                          (about 18 miles from Honiton)
Last Friday 7.30pm – Palace Gate Centre at South Street Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter, EX1 1JA Exeter
email : exeterfolkdance@gmail.com    or     telephone 07531 142321

Exeter Ceilidhs
Sats. 8-11p.m.  Kenn Centre, Kennford, EX6 7UE    Phone: 07969 297633
email:  contact@exeterceilidhs.net
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Exmouth Folk Dance Club                                                        (about 20 miles from Honiton)
Thursday Weekly 8.00pm – 10.00pm – Withycombe Methodist Church Centre
Mr Chris Miles, 25 Old Bystock Drive, Exmouth, EX8 5RB Telephone 01395 275592
Exmouth, Isca Scottish Dancers                                              (about 20 miles from Honiton)
– Classes Tues & Wed, Sept – May.
Please call to confirm the venues which are not actaully in Exmouth.
Mr & Mrs V.J. Tyler, 66, Ivydale, Exmouth – Telephone 01395 276913
Great Western Ceilidhs (Exeter)                                               (about 23 miles from Honiton)
Website: www.great-western.org.uk/ceilidhs/
Dances are now on a reduced schedule, call Pete Langley 01392 491228 for info. Held at BowhillSchool, Buddle Lane, Exeter, EX4 1JT
Halsway Manor Society Ltd       (Crowcombe, Somerset)        (about 30 miles from Honiton)
A manor set on the southern slopes of the Quantocks providing a unique national residential Folk Centre for music, dance and song, Many events and folk dances/courses take place there during the year.
Website: www.halswaymanor.org.uk
Halsway Manor Folk Dance Group                                                      (about 30 miles from Honiton)
1st and 3rd Wednesday – Halsway Manor, Crocombe, Somerset – different venues.
Please telephone Brian Graham 01643 707 284 to check.

Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club.       Kenford                       (about 23 miles from Honiton)
Weekly Tuesday – Kenn Centre, Kennford
Brian Bradford, 73 Burrator Drive, Exwick, Exeter, Devon, EX4 2EW. Telephone 01392 433469 or email:   isca.sdc@btinternet.com
Over Stratton Folk Dance Club                                                            (about 21 miles from Honiton)
Alternate Wednesday evenings – The Village Hall, Over Stratton, Somerset (just off the A303 South Petherton Hayes End roundabout on the old Ilminster road. Nearest Postcode: TA13 5LN.)
Website:    www.overstrattonfolkdanceclub.co.uk             Call for info: 01935 424927
Salcombe Regis Folk Dance Club                                                     (about 9 miles from Honiton)
Fridays weekly – St Peter’s Church Hall, Sidford
Mrs D. Cooper, 6, Darnell Close, Sidmouth Telephone 01395 513131
Sidford Folk Dance Club                                                          (at about 8 miles from Honiton)
Barn dances, mainly with live music, at 8 – 10.30pm every Tuesday from September – May at Sidford Social Hall, Byes Lane, Sidford, Devon EX10 9QX
Call Helen  01395 514 161 for info.


Willand Folk Dance Club         (near Cullompton)           (about 17 miles from Honiton)
Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays September to June at 8 – 10.30pm, with dancing to live music. Also, monthly Saturday dances 8 – 11.30pm September – July, plus New Year’s Eve dance.
At Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Devon, EX15 2PL
Website: www.willandfolkdanceclub.co.uk



The Best Club for Folk Dancing in East Devon !