Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2017




A top ceilidh bands from the North West, Albireo play for parties, fund-raisers, weddings, dances and festivals. The band’s repertoire draws on the English, Irish, Scottish and American traditions, along with self-penned tunes and others from further afield.
Albireo is : Tom Kitching (fiddle, mandolin), Howard Jones (melodeon, Anglo concertina, hammered dulcimer, recorder, vocals), Steve Hodgskiss (piano, English concertina), Pete Crowther (bass guitar, keyboard) and Sean Bechhofer (guitar.)

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Keeping Thyme


Keeping Thyme

Eastbourne IFF would not be the same without Julia, Shane and Tina.  We know that they will play lovely, danceable music for you, and then complete the weekend by leading the musicians in the Final Fling on Monday afternoon, and still be smiling at the end of it all.

2017 Pat Shaw Ball with Colin Hume


Kelly's Eye

Kellys EyeBrothers Graham and Kev Prigmore have been playing folk music together on fiddle, accordion, mandolin and bass since the mid sixties, and rhythm guitarist Steve Aldridge joined the band around ten years ago. They regularly perform at folk festivals, dance clubs, ceilidhs, weddings and barn dances. From a gentle waltz or hornpipe to the liveliest reel or jig, Kelly's Eye play dance music that you just can't sit still to. Their talent, experience and sense of humour, combined with a vast repertoire of traditional tunes from both sides of the Atlantic is guaranteed to turn any social event into a dance to remember.
Dance to Kelly's Eye on Friday evening with John Sweeney.  Hear them play at the New Festival Callers' Showcase on Saturday afternoon in the main hall workshops on Sunday.



Lauded as "sparkling" and "exhilarating", Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger, present a thrilling musical experience in genres that span many continents. Guitar genius Larry joins demon fiddler Eden, to play swing, blues, Zweifacher and Gypsy modes that we know UK dancers will love.

NOTORIOUS has featured at festivals across USA and we enjoyed their music at EIFF 8 years ago.

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Reel of 3

Reel of Three

"No one can sit when they play their swinging traditional music from eastern Canada."

"They are .... always in the mood for fun. They can make the whole room swing, and during the interval they are always ready with a song." Tommerup website)

We first heard them in Denmark in 2012 and are pleased that they played for EIFF 2014. They come with really great references from Gareth of ECDB/ Sidmouth Festival.

The line up for EIFF 2017 is: Jørgen Larsen on fiddle, Jeremy Newton on accordion and fiddle with Lotte Kielberg on piano and accordion.

As well as playing for contra at EIFF they will play for a session of Danish dances suitable for all ages.



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