Jigfoot play traditional dance tunes with energy, inventiveness and, above all, swing. This is music that defies you to stay still. They specialise in tunes from southern English sources, although also play tunes from other areas of the country too. Each arrangement starts from a simple melody, with the music growing and developing organically as they respond to each others' playing.
The evening includes dancing, with space set aside for a dance floor and the caller who will accompany the musicians and is able to cater for both beginners and experienced dancers.
Dance All of the band dance or play regularly for dancing. Four of them either dance or play with Red Stags Morris, Wickham Morris and Alton Morris. They are working with Jo and Simon Harmer (founding members of Chequered Flag Appalachian Dancers) to revive and reinvigorate the tradition of step dancing in the southern counties, and this is influencing a lot of their recent musical development. Cath organises and plays for a series of country dances for the over 50s, and is jointly musical leader of musicians playing for baroque and regency dance groups. Gill dances whenever she gets the opportunity.
Jigfoot's other musical activities demonstrate the enormous range of influences that feed back into their music. Nic's cafe jazz band Fedora Cafe evokes the film noir style of the 1940s, and he plays lead guitar with the Sarah Harrison Band. Gill plays with Red Spirit, as a duo with Dave Townsend, and deps with the Mellstock Band. She has also played with the Sam Newgarth Light Orchestra. Cath plays baroque chamber music with Quattrio and acoustic folk/punk with singer/songwriter Joe Cunio in botyov1791. Between them they all have many other past bands and projects too numerous to mention!
Community All of the band enjoy playing in sessions, with Ben and Cath initiating and coordinating Irish and English sessions respectively in Southampton. Cath blogs regularly about the English tunes session. They have recently been working with Jo and Simon Harmer to start a step dancing session and build a community to develop the tradition.
Teaching and Workshops Gill is a well respected tutor of folk cello, running workshops at Whitby Folk Week and the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, and is a regular tutor for Strings at Witney. Cath is co-director of FolkActive, a social enterprise that aims to teach, share and promote the traditional music, dance and folk arts of southern England.
Events Jigfoot are part of Melting Pot, a musicians collective that organises stages/venues for local music events such as Romsey Beggars Fair and Southampton's Music in the City and Ejector Seat, and Cath is on the organising team for the Beggars Fair.
Technical Nic runs Green Dome Audio, a small project studio, production and mastering facility, and is an experienced PA and recording engineer.
Nic Bradford - guitar
Ben Potton - fiddle
Gill Redmond - cello
Kim Sheil - melodeon
Cath Watkins - fiddle
Jigfoot have appeared at Sidmouth Folk Festival, Chippenham Folk Festival, M27 Megapop, and many other prestigous events.
“The dances were different, the calling fun and the music was absolutely gorgeous ... it’s that genre of 'can’t stand still music'” (M27 Megabop)
“Just wanted to say thank you again for a great night on Saturday. Everyone had a great time - smiley happy faces everywhere. Pete made a wonderful caller as he seemed to be able to perform miracles... I'm all inspired to book you again”
“I just wanted to thank you for doing such a great job last Saturday night. Lots of very happy dancers”
“Jigfoot were just lovely. Right up my English dance alley. Very understated, very danceable.”
“Well, what a terrific evening that was! Jigfoot’s music was superb, Mike Courthold's dances were great fun and Simon & Jo Harmer's step dancing was delightful. Thank you to everyone who made it happen.” (Oxfolk)
Jigfoot play Morgan Rattler at Milton Abbas Street Fair
Jigfoot play Lemmy Brazil’s No 2 at Milton Abbas Street Fair
Jigfoot - Welcome or Not - Groovie Movie Solar Cinema - Wickham Festival
Jigfoot - Cobblers Hornpipe - Chippenham Folk Festival
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Robbie Rich will blow the cobwebs away! Saxophones, flute, clarinet, recorders, some even simultaneously! Always melodic and light hearted, perfect entertainment as you enjoy your Cream Tea with Cornish clotted cream, jam and home made scones.
Folk and Ale Night
also featuring Sussex Young Folk Performer 2014 - Modern Folk Acoustic Singer, Songwriter and Recording Artist
19 Year old, Hampshire based, contemporary folk singer/songwriter, Megan Linford can regularly be found performing at festivals and events across the South Coast and was the winner of the 2014 Sussex Young Folk Performer competition at the Southdowns Folk Festival.
Megan's unique songwriting style is influenced by folk singers such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Laura Marling. She has supported folk artists such as Martha Tilston, Oysterband and the BBC Young Folk Award winners Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell.
In Summer 2014, Megan released her debut 4 track EP, Withered Leaves which was recorded at the Old Black Smiths Studio in Portsmouth. Withered Leaves which was inspired by her love for nature, poetry and Shakespeare.
After a short break to complete her BA Hons Degree in Music Performance, Megan is now back on the music scene and has released her second EP 'Rhiver' which was launched at The Square Tower in Old Portsmouth on Thursday 27th October 2016. Rhiver, a Hawaiian term meaning ‘peaceful river’, is a body of music emphasising change. A push for change in the world that has been suffocated and suppressed, a personal change in the life of Megan and those around her and a feeling of growing and moving on. Taken from the first track, the music brings a message to keep swimming ‘down the River Flow’ and to not follow in the destructive paths of those before.
Live recordings and tracks from Megan Linford’s latest EP Rhiver. (Available on itunes and Amazon).
Megan Linford’s tracks have played on BBC Solent Radio, Express FM Radio amongst others, and she has appeared at numerous folk venues and events including:
Southsea Show | Southdowns Folk Festival Little Johnny Russells | Irish Club | Victorious Festival Petersfield Spring Festival | 02 Arena | Oxjam Wedgewood Rooms | Rockstone Southampton Slaughtered Lamb London | Portsmouth Summer Show Portsmouth Beer Festival | University of Surrey Beggar’s Fair | Brunswick Brighton | Whisky Ginger London Upstairs at the Ritzy Brixham London | Spice of Life Soho New Theatre Royal Portsmouth | Metropolis London Alresford Music Festival | Square Tower Old Portsmouth Camden Breakout Festival | Haslemere Fringe Festival
“You know that feeling when you find a song you really like? The song you just want to play on repeat? I’ve found you that song – and it’s called Beckon. Written and performed by 19-year-old Megan Linford, Beckon is one of the songs on the singer-songwriter’s new EP Rhiver.” -Peter Marcus Blog
10.30am at St George’s Church:
Entertaining over coffee on the piano with your requests