So, you might have noticed we’ve been a touch quiet since the amazing weekend we had in Cambridge – they’ve given us a tough act to follow, but we’re delighted to be able to start telling you about some of the artists we’ve got lined up for you to dance to in Sheffield.
On Friday night, we have our opening ceilidh with The Melrose Quintet. Local legends Nancy, James, Jess, Richard, and Nigel will be kicking off the weekend in style with CeilidhSoc’s very own John Brown calling, as we also celebrate Rustle’s 21st birthday! John will also be acting as MC for the Sunday Survivors’ Ceilidh, under Rustle’s guiding eye as always.
Saturday’s ceilidh comes from the inimitable Steamchicken with Rhianwen Davies. Expect an undefinable sound with a blend of folk, blues, ska, and jazz, expertly led by Rhianwen, who, coincidentally, is also attending her 21st IVFDF!
If you’re more inclined to set and turn single, Friday night will also be our Playford night, where Sheffield’s own Playford in the Pub will up sticks from the Shakespeare to the Students’ Union for an evening of deeply sensible, measured dancing, as seen every month. Bring your instruments, calling cards, and dancing shoes for an evening led by Daisy Black and Andrew Swaine, with plenty of space at the front for anyone who would like to play or call.
The Display Ceilidh on Saturday afternoon will be provided by Sheffield Ceilidh Society, who will be putting together an extra special scratch band to support two of our favourite callers, Sol Loreto-Miller and Patrick Rose. There will be an opportunity for the various folk societies in attendance to show off what they can do in between all your favourite dances. There’ll be more on that very soon, but in the mean time, get thinking!
That’s all we can tell you for the moment; we are chuffed as anything to be welcoming these amazing musicians and callers to Sheffield in February. You’ll be even more excited when we can announce our amazing bal, contra, and Scottish artists – watch this space for further announcements.
All of our lineup, as it stands, is on our website, and we’ll add more artists as we confirm them – keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook, and here on the website to stay up to date. Until then, we hope you’re all having a fabulous summer!
Rustle and the IVFDF 2018 Committee