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Witney, Stonesfield, Ken Sheffield Tribute Day

Sunday, 25 March 2018 by Richard Stewart Nicholls


We at Stonesfield Folk Dance Club have been very blessed to have had Ken as a member for many years. Sadly Ken passed away on 5th July 2017 and we will greatly miss him calling at our Club nights and also miss him playing his concertina for our resident band The Donkey House Band.

We have been fortunate in having his old friends Val & Ian McFarlane to call both old favourites and some of Ken's newer dances. Val & Ian had known Ken well for many years and attended many of the residential weekends and workshops Ken organised over the years.

Similarly, we are thrilled that Julia & Shane Day with Tina Brown ''Keeping Thyme'' will be our musicians. When they were playing for Wild Thyme they did many recordings with Ken from his ''Two Barns Collection''.

The first dance will be from 2pm to 3.15pm and Val & Ian will be calling to The Donkey House Band. Their leader Frances White has been given by Ken the task of publishing his new dances.

The second dance will be from 3.45pm to 5pm and Val & Ian will be calling to Keeping Thyme.

Between 5pm & 6 pm we will have a Tea Break. Please bring a plate to share.

The KEN SHEFFIELD TRIBUTE DANCE will be from 6pm to 9pm with a refreshment break between 7.30pm to 7.50pm.  Val & Ian will be calling to Keeping Thyme and will be including some dances dear to Ken as well as those dances that made him so well known in the folk dancing world.

We will be producing a commemorative CD that will have Ken being interviewed by Carolinne White that was recorded as part of Stonesfield Folk Dance Club's Oral History and this will also include a recording of Ken playing his concertina. You will be amazed to learn what a fascinating life Ken had in addition to folk music and dancing! A copy of this will be given to everyone booking for the Day.

The full ticket is £20.

The evening dance is £10 the other dances are £5 each.


Location: Stonesfield Village Hall, Witney
Address: Stonesfield Village Hall, Field Close, Stonesfield, Witney,  OX29 8EF
Contact: Stewart Nicholls 01295730271 or 07855 022813