Category Archives: Artists at Frittenden

Harvest Hop Barndance at the Bell & Jorrocks, 24th November

Get ready for the Harvest Hop Barndance at the Bell & Jorrocks pub at 8pm on the 24th November, featuring our favourite dances, party games, surprise entertainments, raffle, and a great candle-lit atmosphere, with our own Rosie Davis calling, music from the Horsmonden Traditional Music Class and friends, and Frittenden favourites Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison adding to the general jollity.

Tickets are £6 and £4 (concs), with all funds raised going to help fund the Frittenden Old Fashioned Night Out day scheduled for the 6th April. Call Gavin on 07985 522734 to reserve your tickets now!

If you play English traditional music and would like to join the band for a few tunes, you’re very welcome.

We’re planning to have a list for the night, so if you’re not too confident about some of them, you’ll know when to dip in and play, and when to drop out and dance with your partner or go to the bar! Among the tunes we plan to use are the following:

  • The Hundred Pipers (march)
  • Cock of the North (jig)
  • Haste to the Wedding (jig)
  • Rig a Jig Jig (jig, natch)
  • Strike the Bell (32-bar step hop)
  • Off to California (32-bar step hop)
  • The Sloe (polka)
  • The Girl with the Blue Dress On (polka)
  • Oh Joe the Boat is Going Over (polka)
  • Donkey Riding (polka)
  • Three Around Three (polka)
  • Shave the Donkey (waltz)
  • Sussex Cotillion (incidental tune, but I guess it must be a cotillion!)
  • From Night til Morn (polka)
  • The Famous Fiery Clockface (jig)

Classic session and barndance tunes, every one of them, and they’re all either on the class pages, or this YouTube page.

PS – Here’s a video showing what a great time we had!

PPS – And here’s another, this time from Annie and Steve’s YouTube.

Old Fashioned Night Out, 31st March 2012


Invited performers include Chris Roche, Andy Turner, Rosie DavisAnnie Dearman and Steve Harrison, and Taz Tarry

Saturday afternoon, from 12 noon

  • Tunes and songs at 12 noon at the Bell & Jorrocks (free entry)
  • Sea, ships and sailors session at the Bell & Jorrocks starting at 2pm including sea shanties, other sea songs, songs about sailors, fishermen’s songs and the famous Sailor’s Hornpipe (free entry)
  •  Learn old fashioned dances (eg, Veleta, St Bernard’s Waltz, Heel & Toe Polka) from 4.30 to 6.00pm at the Bell & Jorrocks function room, entry £2.50/£1.50

Saturday evening dance, from 8pm

  • An atmospheric old fashioned dance in the Bell & Jorrocks function room led by Rosie Davis (she’ll explain what to do!). Music from the Horsmonden Traditional Music Class and friends, with songs from our guests, and party games for all ages. Black tie (in a light-hearted sense) is encouraged but not essential. Kids welcome. Entry £7/£4
Food will be available at the pub all day from 12 noon, including evening meals.

For information, see http://frittendenfestival.com or email gmatkin@gmail.com and tel 07985 522734

Horsmonden barn dance and Frittenden Old Fashioned Night Out 2012

The Horsmonden Traditional Music Class is proud to present an evening of barn dancing and party games at Horsmonden Village Hall on the night of the 25th November, starting at 8pm! Details are to come, but the caller will be local boy Chris Rose, and we are planning a few surprise entertainments! One thing we can say is that there’s no bar but you are welcome to bring your own! Download our magnificent poster here.

We’re also planning the 2012 Frittenden Old Fashioned Night Out and it’s associated sessions, though we don’t yet have too many details. It’s to be on Saturday 31st March 2012.