Ceilidhs & Dances

dancers and bands in Whitby Pavilion

We’re looking forward to getting back to dancing in 2022 and bringing you a fantastic week of dance events! The dance programme will feature ceilidhs, contra, Playford, English and mixed programme dances, plus daily workshops and family ceilidhs – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

We are very excited to be welcoming a line-up of excellent dance bands and callers to Whitby, including some top names performing at the festival for the first time and some regular Whitby favourites.

Ceilidh artists

Relentless (Sat) – Phil Bassindale (Sat) – Oxford NAGS (Sun) – Barry Goodman (Sun/Fri) – Banter (Sun) – Cate Haynes (Sun) – Fiddler’s Elbow (Tues) – Out of Hand (Tues) – Patrick Rose (Tues) – Token Women (Thurs) – Jo Freya and Fi Fraser (Thurs) – Melrose Quintet (Thurs) – Martyn Harvey (Thurs) – Peeping Tom (Fri)

Plus daily Family Ceilidhs in our new larger venue!

Contra / Playford / English / mixed programme artists

Bearded Dragons – Rhodri Davies – Colin Hume – Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer – Bob Morgan – Purcell’s Polyphonic Party – Lynne Render – Stray Chords – Dave Turner – Vertical Expression

There will be daily workshops in Running Set with Dave Turner, Contra with Lynne Render, Playford with Rhodri Davies, Playford for All with Bob Morgan and “Dancing through the ages” with Colin Hume.

Evening event highlights include The Big Contra Night on Monday, Challenging Contras on Tuesday and Playford Night (Playford Costume Ball followed by Techno Playford) on Wednesday, plus English and mixed programme dances throughout the week.

In the meantime, check out some clips from the 2019 Whitby Folk Week ceilidhs and dances over on YouTube.