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Unicorn Ceilidh is set to return this week

PUBLISHED: 15:37 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 19:07 11 September 2018

The Hosepipe Band.

The Hosepipe Band.

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The new season of Unicorn Ceilidh is set to start this week, featuring The Hosepipe Band and Barry Goodman at Baldock's St Mary's Church hall.

The band played for their first dance in May 1993 – since then they have played well over five hundred times for public dances and for private celebrations around the UK and in France and Italy.

Their dance repertoire combines traditional music from the British Isles and other European countries together with their own compositions – expect bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, melodeon and bells to feature in their line-up as well as concertina, mandola, saxophone, bells and hammered dulcimer.

This is the band’s third visit to Unicorn Ceilidhs. They were so popular last time they played, that they had to be asked again!

The caller will be Barry Goodman, who comes to Unicorn Ceilidhs following a summer of calling at festivals all around the country.

Barry will bring his usual mixture of ceilidh favourites and less well-known dances, blurring the edges between the various styles of folk dance, but keeping a keen ceilidh spirit at all times.

The first session will be this Friday, September 14, at 8pm – finishing at around 11pm.

It costs £10 for adults, £9 for over 65s and £8 for under 18s, and the first six students to arrive before 8pm can go free.

All the dances are walked through beforehand, and the emphasis is very much on enjoying yourself, rather than getting everything step perfect.

To ensure everybody has space to dance numbers are limited. To avoid disappointment, book tickets in advance.

See www.unicornceilidhs.org.uk for full details.

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