Here are some of the folk dance clubs in Bedford, England, UK and the surrounding area, with links to their web sites (where available) and to the dance programmes that I have called recently.
Fine Companions have a useful web site which includes links to videos of dancing to the club band. There are also links to videos of the the public dances which they organise in Bedford every other month.
I wrote a new dance “Companions at 75” for their 75th aniversary in 2010.
The Tuesday Playford group concentrate on dances from the 17th and 18th century, starting with the book “The English Dancing Ma∫ter: OR, Plaine and ea∫ie Rules for the Dancing of Country Dances, with the Tune to each Dance.” published in London by John Playford in 1651. Manuscripts and numerous other books of English country dances that where published in the following 150 years or so (until fashion and couple dances like the waltz pushed them out of the ballrooms) have now been found. The group dances some of these, along with dances made up recently in the same style. My dance “Step Gently” falls into this category.
The group meets at the village hall in Nodders Way, Biddenham (MK40 4BJ) just west of Bedford on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (except August and Christmas). Nodders Way is opposite the Biddenham village pub, The Three Tuns.
This hall is quite small and can get over crowded, so there is a slight risk you might have to be turned away if you do not make contact before showing up! You can call John Riley on Bedford 347567. Alternatively, details of how to contact me are given in the Links & contacts section of this web site.
Note: The above programmes for the Tuesday Playford group are just those called by Graham Foster, as are all the other programme links given on this page. Programmes back to 1990 by all callers at Tuesday Playford can be viewed here.
This club has a short web page.
For further information see their web site.