NOVEMBER 18th 2017

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

For November, we WELCOME BACK the lovely gin-and-shoe-preoccupied divas of Folk,
plus their 'token male' Gareth, that comprise ...



Our Caller for the night is Gordon Potts

Jennie Harris: one-row melodeon
Sue Harris: hammer dulcimer
Nina Hansell: fiddle
Katie Howson: melodeons, mouthorgan
Fi Fraser: fiddle
Gareth Kiddier: piano

In 2008, Gareth was asked to put together a pit band for the Saturday night concert at a musicians’ weekend. He asked five of the most talented and female traditional dance musicians to join him! The result was so much fun that they now play for English dances as PolkaWorks. As they are scattered across the UK from Wales to East Anglia and all busy people, the opportunities to play together are always special occasions!

Between them, these musicians have played in many of the most significant English ceilidh bands over the last forty years, influencing the shape and sound of traditional English dance music into the twenty first century.

Gordon is one of the most experienced Callers on the circuit and a firm favourite at Festivals up and down the country
(and he's partial to a nice gin too!).

Perhaps I'd better put a bottle in the raffle!


So get off that sofa, c'mon in and get jumping-about happy with POLKAWORKS


Free car-parking on site, fully licenced bar, air-con ...  a warm welcome and a friendly crowd!

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Come with friends! ... Talk to Penny for Group / Family discounts. 

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£12/ £10 all usual concessions / £5 STUDENT SPECIAL: Under-25s in full-time education!


So what ARE Meltdown Ceilidhs?? (say that kaylee)

MELTDOWN has been run entirely Not-for-Profit by Volunteers at Clair Hall since 2001.

Barn Dancing is a fun, easy dance form for everyone. You've probably had a blast at one at a Wedding? English Ceilidh is the high-energy end. Leaping, or walking about (as age, energy and fitness dictate!) to some of the very best bands on the English ceilidh circuit. You will dance in groups (sets) - but you don't have to bring a partner - just ask someone for a dance. You'll soon get to know the 'regulars' (who are a very friendly lot!). So there's always a range of ages, sizes and experience in any given set - all getting on and all having a great, smiley time!
No classes to attend, no exams or grades -  no 'sniffy experts' looking down at you if you do go wrong! And without many actual steps to learn - it's easy to pick it all up anyway!

MELTDOWN always books festival-level bands and Callers. Each band brings a different set of instruments, influences and repertoire to the dances - so no two evenings are the same in a season. Bands can range from modern traditional at one end to guitar-heavy folk-rock at the other, with a good smattering of European and World influences in their mixes. The only critera we use in booking bands is that they have to make the Committee want to get up and dance all night!!


As  usual - If you want a table set up and reserved for you the bar (which opens into the hall so you won't miss the action but can hold a conversation!) - talk to Penny beforehand ...

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the details:

WHEN: Saturday NOVEMBER 18 2017. 20:00 - 23:15. Doors open 19:45.

WHERE: Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN