Venues open half an hour before the first dance. Reception at Potterrow is open friday from 6pm.
Venues open at 9am. Workshops begin at 9.15, 10.45 and 12.15 and last 75mn each.
Hoik - Edward Wallace (fiddle) and Tom Oakes (guitar) - play dance music with drive and lift. Based in Edinburgh, their tunes come from the borders of British Isles and American traditions, and the name is inspired by the Scottish border town of Hawick, as well as the energy they bring to the dance floor! Edward Wallace has played fiddle for contra dances across the USA and beyond, with the Cosmic Otters, Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency, and others. Whether it's the Glen Echo Ballroom, Nelson Town Hall, or a party in a barn, he plays great tunes to get dancers moving joyously. Edward also co-organizes the regular Edinburgh contra dance. Tom Oakes is one of the UK's leading players of traditional guitar and flute and can be heard on stages round the country as well as on film soundtracks. He tours with fiddler Ross Couper and in Scottish-power-trio OBT (Oakes, Bews, Thorpe). http://www.tomoakesmusic.co.uk/
Hoik will be playing for Contra, and will be called by Rachel Shapiro Wallace.
The Night Before (Nicky McConkey - fiddle, Alan Brunier - accordion, Adam Griffin - guitar) are a Coventry-based folk dance band who play an exciting range of energetic and fun tunes for ceilidhs, contra and Playford dances. Inspired by an eclectic range of folk music from North America and Europe, their energetic and vibrant sound combines the lyrical tune, delicious harmonies and driving rhythm of fiddle, accordion and guitar. Their love of folk dancing brings out the best in the tunes they love to play.
The Night Before will be playing for Contra, and will be called by Rhodri Davies.
Monkey Box will be playing for English Ceilidh, and will be called by Andrew Swaine.
No&Mi plays a variety of dances to melodies of her own composition, taking dancers on a magic carpet ride over a parade of swirling waltzes, mazurkas to fall in love to, and sparkling mixers. The romantic partner dances hide surprising irregularities and languishing sighs. Pleasure from ear to toe!
No&Mi will be playing for Bal Folk.
Naragonia’s Pascale Rubens and Toon Van Mierlo present a delicious feast of beautiful music for your dancing and listening pleasure. Naragonia’s music ranges from intimate and delicate to voluptuous and passionate and is pervaded by a timeless and steady energy. You won’t want to miss a single note.
Naragonia will be playing for Bal Folk.