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Fri, 17 May


Worplesdon Memorial Hall

Blowzabella Bal and Dance Workshop

“Everyone’s favourite high-energy dance band..” - FolkRadio

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Blowzabella Bal and Dance Workshop
Blowzabella Bal and Dance Workshop

Time & Location

17 May 2024, 18:00 – 22:00 BST

Worplesdon Memorial Hall, Worplesdon Memorial Hall, Perry Hill, Worplesdon, Guildford GU3 3RF, UK

About the event

Dance workshop: 6:00 - 7:15 pm

Bal / Concert: 8:00 - 10:00 pm

We are jigging with joy at the prospect of a night of dancing to the brilliant band Blowzabella! Members of the band will kick off the evening with a dance workshop suitable for all, including beginners, before the full band takes the stage for the bal / dance. Seating is available for those who would like to come to enjoy the music.

Since they burst onto the English folk scene in 1978, Blowzabella has acquired ‘legendary’ status, not only in this country but right across Europe. The band continues to exhilarate and inspire listeners, dancers and musicians with exciting new material and their “inimitable,  driving, drone-based wall of sound”.

Blowzabella is Andy Cutting – diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya – vocals, saxophones, clarinet; Paul James – vocals, bagpipes, saxophones; David Shepherd – violin; Barn Stradling – bass guitar; Jon Swayne – bagpipes, saxophones.

New to balfolk dancing? Read our Starter's Guide to Balfolk Part 1 and Part 2.


Blowzabella is a genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based wall-of-sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional folk music and song – a shared culture with ancient roots.

Many of their tunes are “standards” in the modern British/European folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world. Bands across Europe who experiment with folk music often cite Blowzabella as a major influence. Much loved and respected, there is no one else quite like them.

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