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  • I can't believe it's not IVFDF, or Lancaster ICBINI, have opened a community page on Facebook.

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  • The 2010 Wateraid Ceilidhs are being planned.
    16th October is the date, keep it free to dance, twist the arms of your favourite bands to play, hatch wild plans to drag friends and relations along...

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August

  • The Cheshire based Splendid Shilling Country Dance Band have arrived on the web...
  • Newfolks on the net...
  • Keep watch on New Boots, in July in Bracknell. And warmup events.

July

June

February

  • The Bismarcks, or the Bismarck Herrings, have revamped their site, now simpler-with-more-info. See it at thebismarcks
  • The results of the BBC Folk awards are out. The winner in the Dance Band category used saxes and brass and elements of jazz and ska to riotous effect. Now that's the business... :-)
  • News is beginning to appear on the Sidmouth Folk Week site.

January

  • Contra Dance has a new website, CDUK, and a new Calendar, kicked into motion by White Horse Contra
  • Alf Alfa (formerly Alf Alfa and the Wild Oats) have a new site called, with cheerful forthrightness, Alf Alfa

December 2004

November

  • Unicorn Ceilidhs has a new site
  • John Turner has put up some pages about his calling and dance weekends
  • Slightly off topic, but in celebration of the release of the new Firefox browser, Webfeet has RSS Feeds for the news and events pages. If you download Firefox try the feeds....
  • The Folk Awards voting site is now up and running with an aide memoire for people who forget which bands are which (who are Rampant?)
  • The Hog's Back Band has dipped their toes in the web

October

  • The Radio 2 Folk Awards will be including a 'Best Dance Band' category, see the discussion on their board. As mentioned in the thread, get thinking :-)
  • Now, what was that about Vertical Expressions... Climax Ceilidh Band.
  • Jabadaw have dropped their jabadaw.co.uk site and are now at jabadaw.com.
  • Norfolk based News of the Victory now have a site...

May

  • A personal view of the history of English County music, Walter Bulwer to the Bismarcks.
  • Two new sites, Derwenna with a Welsh touch to ceilidh and John Brown's site Ceilidh Calling
  • Welcome to All Hands Around with their own site, a casualty when 'RootSource' disappeared.
  • Might have been around for a while but No Masters have a site including details of Token Women

April

March

  • Stömp have moved... the site is stompceilidh.

November 2003

  • And more... PoppyRecords hosting the Dancehouse Ceilidhs information....
  • Continuing the flood, Reel Dance have details of the Reel Dance have details of the On-y-va French Dance and Music club in Suffolk up on the Web....
  • Dance series are coming in with web pages in a rush... now Phoenix Ceilidhs....
  • ... and Stroud Ceilidhs have a site of their own....

October

July

  • Reel Dance have an update covering the new Keir Hardie Ceilidhs (the Third Thursday Ceilidhs of old, now the third Wednesday).
  • New sites get emailed in, other sites moved.... Phoenix English Country Barn Dance Band (maybe not to be confused with Phoenix Ceilidhs) and Captain Swing has a new site.

June

  • Webfeet's been asleep for a while, but prodded into wakefulness by Blowzabella's new site set up for their 25th anniversary and Contra/Ceilidh's Fiddlin' Around's pages.
  • Five Minutes to Midnight have moved their site and added an MP3 of the Horse's Brawl

October 2002

  • Wander round Tony Kelly's events on the extensive Set and Turn Single site.

September

  • There were two Desperate Measures? No, there are three Desperate Measures. Distinguish between Kent's Desperates, Yorkshire's Desperate Measures and Leicestershire's Desperate Measures (now called Jigabit). They are apparently all different.
  • Cumbria's Fagin's Pocket now have a site on the web.

August

  • Bands on the move in a webwise sense, Hekety, now .co.uk rather than .com, address and Grand Union

June

  • Bristol based caller, Peter Rees...

May

April

March

  • Dance clubs arriving - Reading Folk Dance Group have a page on the web and the Otford pages moving...
  • Mid-spring is a strange time for having a rush of bands to the web, but here it is, add the French/English Pierrot to the lists....
  • The Whole Caboodle band have a first page, more to follow.
  • NYFTE on the move, now on freezope...
  • A steamtrain (and a snail), the motifs of the Momentum

February

January

December 2001

  • More new homes and removals, web pages carefully packed up and planted again with new addresses - Kick Shins, Banish Misfortune and Pigzear Ceilidh Band
  • Cat's Whisker's Band (Worcestershire edition) have arrived with a site with dance descriptions, some ABC and tunes.

September

  • This time of year old websites are dusted down, new websites pop up. A foot in the door with Two Left Feet

August

July

  • New Green Man reviews - Bedlam's Evolution and a pageful of Cambembert, Jabadaw, Kick Shins, All Blacked Up, Geckoes and Widdershins. (Bedlam? Comfortable? an English Pub? Strange....)

June

  • The summer pause is well upon us and webfeet is sleepy in the heat, still new bands slip onto the web.... Albireo

May

  • Thoresby's Fest Noz festival website online.
  • Welcome the slightly polychromatic website of the Old School Band.
  • Hot off the press (can you use this metaphor on the web?), the first pages of the English Folk Dance Project...

April

  • The collection of papers about traditional dance, Step Change being published soon....
  • Breaking the silence.... The Public Sector and Colin Hume's report of March's Playford Conference at Cecil Sharp House

March

  • No new news for a while, people must be dancing not web authoring... one, whups make that two, have crept in: Tyre Kickers Ceilidhs Ray Sargent's One Man Ceilidh

February

January

  • More bands on the Hemlock site - Cheap Jack, Boka Halat and Random
  • A new Cajun venue, the Cajun Barn in East London. (site best with IE)
  • One sheep, One the Rum, one sheep in rhyme.
  • Haddenham Ceilidhs arrive...
  • Beyond Old Hog, there's Samain (if I've read the 'about' pages right..).
  • Lancashire Folk Association have created a local site full of north west details
  • Webfeet creaks back into life again after its winter hibernation, with a 'Happy New Year' and news of the Shindy Arts site containing details of Asha, The Kitchen Girls, Token Women and Rock the Boat

November 2000

October

September

  • Through a glass, darkly.... the Eastbourne International Folk Festival has launched a site. The news page does seem a bit dark at the moment but in there is a 4th May date for next year...
  • Bridport Ceilidhs are back with a vengence... how else would you describe a series restarting with Jabadaw?
  • For when the dancing gets serious - Stradivarious
  • There's been far fewer callers putting up pages than bands, all the more reason to welcome Fee calls Ceilidhs
  • Must be a word for the care and feeding of a webpage, whatever it is, Chalktown have been doing it

August

  • A new arrival and a couple of moves; welcome the Goose and Gridiron Band and change the bookmarks for This Way Up and Scallywag.
  • Difficult to say Webfeet is a carefully maintained, up-to-date resource, the Jellied Reels apparently moved to their new site three years ago....
  • A clutch of new URLs from Great Western, creeping in just at the last moment before webfeet's Sidmouth vacation.......
    Roll up the new Great Western Ceilidhs page and the one-off, extra special, lottery funded Hokus event (with Bedlam....)

July

June

May

  • The millennial reformation edition of Flowers and Frolics have a page in the newly refurbished EFDSS site.
  • Formed rather than reformed - Pepper in the Brandy
  • Welcome to, or is that welcome too, Annette and the The Matchbox Band

April

March

February

  • Another hot eCeilidh band on the web, the Hosepipe Band and a note to say that you can now get to the Florida pages via www.floridaproject.org.uk
  • The Grand Ceilidh Club, somewhere in Southend, are floating their new site, with a live band a week, (Metric Foot, Wiccamen....)
  • Steve Earwicker has put together a site with the Ockbrook French Music and Dance sessions and the Fish n'Taters Ceilidh Band.
  • The Broadstairs Folk Week pages have moved
  • ADA Distribution have their catalogue on AOL

January

  • Helen Trueman has a page on Twyford Ceilidhs
  • Bands, dates etc have appeared on Hemlock Music's Beckenham Ceilidhs> and Atlantic Crossing pages.
  • Banish Misfortune Barn Dance band have appeared on Zyworld with a picture suggesting a New England influence...

December 1999

  • Hugh Stewart has uploaded the results of a co-operative effort, a dances and sources index, to Ban.Joh. Good stuff indeed!
  • Note the new Kick Shins URL... and anybody seen the UK Cajun and Zydeco resource pages recently? The directory is there but the pages are not....
  • Florida have redone their samples page, eight MP3's for the listening, seven from Danse Macabre....
  • Hemlock Music have put together a detailed page for Cock and Bull.
  • The closest thing to a newswire for Morris, Shave the Donkey. Got a story? Send it in. As it says, the donkey is all ears....

November

  • A New Cajun Club starting Oxford Cajun and a ceilidh series closing down, farewall Copford Ceilidhs.
  • Two bands have come up with page redesigns which are worth a detour, BVB and The Geckoes. Go to the Geckoes if only for the artwork...
  • I'm sure you all know of the XiM site.
  • John Meechan is increasing the number of callers on the web.
  • Reading-based Wheelwright's Bane coming in simply...

October

  • Whapweasel have launched an English Ceilidh Webring, jump in and see where you get to!
  • One move and three more barn dance bands web-side; Rannygazoo have moved and the Toll Bar Band, Dropping Clangers and Hetty Peglar's Tump have arrived.
  • Simple page, giving all the information necessary, Rutland Folk Dance Club.
  • The elcectic Workhouse (remember Earthworks?) online with btinternet.
  • A clutch of useful info around Hemlock Music; a new dance series West London, Reeling in Ealing kicking off with Cock and Bull in December, and Michael Catovsky's contact page.
  • The FAB, or Folk around Bristol, site is moving (slightly), now kept on eis.

September

  • The highly English Ceilidh This Way Up are floating their pages on Compuserve.
  • MADE, the force behind the Kinnersley Castle events, have pages on fsnet.
  • I've just been pointed to the Nottingham Folk and Acoustic Music Shop which has links to Bellows, Scratchitt and Pluckitt and the folk/rock/jazz/dance/ceilidh Five go off...
  • Hekety, stepping upon the world stage with a .com domain name (now migrated to .co.uk)
  • And there's Scallywag - English Ceilidh / Irish mix
  • Some sites you miss when they first come out.... Wild Goose Recordings for example and Working Party Music

August

  • Paul Bolchover has put up collected information about Dancing in Cambridge
  • The Shropshire based, Irish Ceilidh, Inflammable Band have placed their page on Freeserve

July

  • Megabops have moved - or rather the site with the details - see the new home. A 'Thank You Jo' for running them for all these years and good luck to them in the future.
  • Lawrence Heath has built a site for Godalming Ceilidhs.
  • Knit Your Own Yoghurt have a started on Freeserve.
  • The Woodsiders have moved out to Tripod (and since to ntlworld!)

June

  • The Bournemouth or thereabouts Old Pull and Push Band have also gone Free.
  • This may have been on the web for a while but I've just got the link to it - Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival
  • The Grumbling Old Men have come up with a comprehensive site including a 'Tune of the month'.
  • The Bismarcks pages are on the move.
  • A couple of Barn Dance bands have appeared on the Hobgoblin website, ThingumaJig and Blackthorn

May

  • The Squirrel Hill Press, who publish books on dance, have their offerings listed under musicsleuth.
  • The Milleneceilidh page has arrived - what to be doing when the clock ticks 2000...
  • The acoustic, Northumbrian flavoured, Crewneck Ceilidh band arrived on Angelfire...
  • Trevor Bennett has put together Stories and Histories of Gas Mark 5 and details of the immenent Klegerec festival in Central Brittany.

April

  • Chelmsford Folk Dance Club are dancing at Tesco's, or Tesco.net at least
  • Red Shed have their toes in the web nearby the Great Western Ceilidhs.
  • The Folk, rather than Contra, Contraband have launched themselves on Lineone...
  • The EFDSS site is back, in its new-and-official version.
  • Time of your Life are joining the throng going free....
  • Might have missed the Dansaul site when it first came out, anyway it's had a wash and brush up...

March

  • There's Tollhouse, the theatre company who also do dances and family ceilidhs (as a three person band), and the Fen Blow English Country Dance Band which is the name of the slightly larger group...
  • Citizen Camembert, of the euro/eceilidh tendency, are online on lineone.
  • Euro/eCeilidh RSVP, also braving freeserve's waters...
  • Colin Hume has moved his site, and GUSTO's, sideways now reappearing on freeserve.

February

  • Stirrings, Little Pot Records, the English Festival Newsletter and the Folk Zone continue their dance among the domain names. They've now settled with a name of their own, good luck and a stable future :-)
  • Liverpool Country Dance Band have burst forth on X-stream....
  • Meanwhile, in strange juxtaposition, the Welsh Folk Dance society have come up with a (yet another?) page....
  • Another band with a Sax, Strapped for Cash, at home at Zen.

January

  • Hodges Dump have set up their page on WebJump.
  • Webfeet reachs 300000 hits over the four years of collecting stats - what are they all looking for? wonder whether they found it?
  • EFN has been hiding links to a couple of Essex bands The Famous Potatoes and the Blackwater Scratch Band

November 1998

  • Get the Newick Ceilidhs information from source...
  • The English-Ceilidh-with-Euro-influence or French/Breton band, depending on how you look at them, Continental Drift have also appeared....
  • Colin Hume launched the new EFDSS and GUSTO sites.

October

  • Bob Taberner's been wielding some clever scripting to provide a series of drop down events lists for the West Midlands. [There's also a plain html version for people without IE or who have scripting disabled]
  • Old Hog's trufflehunting on the Web...
  • How many top rate Eceilidh bands without a web page now? The Geckoes have appeared on Demon

September

  • Check the new Vivant!, not entirely unconnected with Gig CB
  • Jubilation - Ruff Ceilidhs' details....
  • ... and confusion - there's more than one Pluck and Squeeze
  • This one slipped past - The Yorkshire Dales Workshops.
  • It's autumn and the web is getting busy - there's the new Irish Ceili site - they've got in and are using the www.ceili.ie domain.
  • Shepherd's Hey have left AOL and headed for Nildram.
  • Spire and the Larkrise Ranters Ceilidh Band have a page on McMail.
  • Simon Spoerer has put up a page about Great Western - the Morris side and the eCeilidhs

August

  • Jiggery Pokery have had a page for a while but I've been looking in the wrong places for it.
  • Meanwhile the Posh Band have settled in Fortune City
  • Fiona and Lars Fahlin have launched their Fika and Ran Tan Band Archives pages.
  • Bob Archer has put together a comparison of the UK and USA dance scenes, good reference stuff.
  • The Birmingham French/Breton dances have appeared under the Radical Solutions site.
  • Grand Union have taken up residence under the Netservs umbrella (and more recently moved to freeserve).
  • Bromyard Festival have joined in the fun with their home page.

July

  • A Barn Dance Band with a Ceilidh band trying to get out .... Matchless

June

  • The far distant (and a little virtual) Roguery is real on the web.
  • A warm welcome for Mrs Casey - on the net for a while and at last on the web!

May

  • Candleford Ceilidh Band wrestling mightily with AOL

April

  • The English Ceilidh mailing list launched.
  • The LMS Music agency has joined the ranks on btinternet.
  • Northern English Whapweasel, bouncing forth from AOL.
  • English dance band, Amaryllis, have a page on Force9.
  • The Bristol/Bath area Free Spirit Band (who sound like a ceilidh band but get more bookings as a Barn Dance band) have a page now on AOL.

March

  • Webfeet hits the 200000 hits mark the three years of collecting stats?
  • Watch out for Witchhazel (and Rabbit).
  • Bold Grannydier are now on easynet.
  • SIFD The Society for International Folk Dancing - has put a big welcome on the Web.

February

  • Squeezebox-less Nothing Sacred have dances and Midi's on Compuserve
  • The Massif Village Orchestra home page has been launched

January

  • Barn Dance caller Stephen Woodcock has a home page with contact details and information about the Rubery Folk Dance Club.
  • A page from the Cajun Bayou Gumbo.....

December 1997

November

October

September

  • Not only the callers but the agencies as well, Arcadia Music Agency's barn dance information
  • Callers are also arriving online, the Gloucestershire based: Derek Kingscote.
  • Welcome The Bismarcks - one of the first band sites hosting banner advertisements!
  • Blackwater Scratch Band and associated North West Morris side have appeared on UKonline.
  • The South Yorkshire EFDSS dance program is now on the web, courtesy of Alan Pemberton
  • Another Cajun band joining Geocities, Midland Classic Cajun.
  • The Yorkshire based Shepherd's Hey have joined AOL and have (had!) their pages there.
  • Filling out the numbers of the headlining English Ceilidh bands on the web, Stömp have pages on the Hillside server.

August

  • The Life of Reilly - or now the Joyning - have appeared in the Roots Club site (defunct 1998/11/01).
  • Alf Alfa and the Wild Oats have put down an 'under construction' sign, a web page to come shortly.

July

  • Warwickshire based Five Minutes To Midnight have a page on .. well it used to be on Virgin.net
  • Demon have been doing well. Details of the Newcastle Cloggies dance weekend have appeared as part of the Newcastle Cloggies pages and Burning Bridges, the young Ceilidh Band, have also have their pages there.

June

  • Folk Roots moved from Cityscape to Demon
  • Folkworks web site launched

May

  • No news in May - apart from Webfeet reaching 100000 hits (counters starting March 95), see the access statistics for the gory details.

April

  • The Angel Band starting small, a short home page now with more details to come.
  • Happisburgh Light Brigade (and lighthouse) in cyberspace on zetnet in the rough vicinity of the Norfolk Folk Association contacts and events page.
  • The Anglo American Dance in Belgium gives you the chance to test your Dutch, German or English
  • Shake the Dice are now with AOL, having moved from Compuserve.

March

  • Leading UK Cajun band, Ti-Fer's Home Page is now released
  • Five Bar'd Gait [archive] have translocated, uprooting pages from Compuserve and replanting them at Virgin
  • The George Inn Giant Ceilidh Band (or GiG CB's) pagewithpictures popped up.
  • Brian Scowcroft has launched his Barn dance and Ceilidh dance collection (now on the wayback machine)
  • To the Magic Bush Brothers - the first home page where you can book the band online.
  • At least one of the Off The Rails has a home page and their own domain name (since moved).
  • Herbal Remedy Dance Band have a nice looking home page (It's arranged as a table so the browser will probably only show the page when it has finished downloading it.)
  • The Plain Brown Wrapper Band have a homepage with details of the Ellis Knowles manuscript (index of tunes) and their downloadable, MsDos, tune database...
  • Chester Festival have their pages on Demon

February

  • The Bursledon Village Band page has popped up on Demon after not having got through to BTinternet.
  • The Ryburn Three Step pages now live in (www.)Salford (...and moved again)
  • Two Manchester based bands have arrived - Five Bar'd Gait are (were, see the later news) sampling the delights of Compuserve and Jabadaw (with mirror).
  • Walthamstow Barn Dances have their program on the Web.

January

  • The May St Neots Folk Festival now has a home page.
  • More On Bouge dates available in its new page.
  • Maybe More Contra related than Ceilidh, Cajun, Morris or French but Lisa Sievert has launched a page of Dance CD reviews.
  • The Cafe Sol band's home page has opened.
  • Katie's Quartet have an in depth page on Compuserve.
  • Stockholm's Oak Apple Band's home page is available.

December 1996

  • The Appalachian inclined Footloose festival in Matlock has a rapidly expanding home site.
  • The New Saint George have stuck their toes in the water with Netcom UK. If you wanted to know what happened to The Cluster of Nuts band...
  • Chippenham Festival's official page has arrived on AOL.

November

  • To add to the rush of dance sites appearing on Compuserve, In Tandem have appeared with info on Knees Up North and their St Helens EuroCeilidhs. Then there's Rannygazoo's and All Blacked Up's pages - although ABU may stay on Compuserve or go and hide somewhere else.
  • Knees Up Cecil Sharp Ceilidhs and Committee Band pages are up and running...
  • The InterVarsity Folk Dance Festival 97 home page awaits....