London Ceilidh Dances and Barn Dances

BRIGHTON FRINGE FESTIVAL : with Cut A Shine Barn Dance, Tofu Love Frogs and Chicken Shed Zeppelin

Sunday, May 9, 2010 (All day)

Cut A Shine head to the Brighton Fringe and host a killer night of 21st Century Hoe Down with; The Long Notes, Plaster of Paris, Chicken Shed Zeppelin and the infamous Tofu Love Frogs.... see for more details and tickets

5th Birthday Shindig

Saturday, March 27, 2010 (All day)

By popular demand, we present for your delight our 5th Birthday Barn Dance Warehouse Shindig!! We're heading back to our roots and hosting a DUTTY warehouse barn shaker - replete with Cake, Jelly, Icecreams, Sushi Bar and of course lots and lots and lots of country CIDER, straight outta the stix (along with a whole cheap bar). DOORS are at 8pm, and we're BARN DANCING 9 - 11pm.........After that we've drafted in a host of our favourites to rock us into the wee hours: FOLKAOKE!

Finsbury Town Hall - We Are Family - International Woman's Day Dance

Saturday, March 6, 2010 (All day)

SATURDAY 6th MARCH 2010: A rip-roaring night of Live Music, Art and Poetry to celebrate International Women's Day @ The Finsbury Town Hall. FEATURING Toy Toy, Penny Metal, Madam, CUT A SHINE!, Kate Tempest, Lulu and the Lampshades. Action packed. £6/£

Polka Hoe Down in the Ditch

Saturday, February 20, 2010 (All day)

Yo yo yo, got a last minute dance organised at the Polka club, held at the Book Club on Leonard Street, Shoreditch! Didn't get lucky on Valentines? Never fear! Dance with hundreds of partners! Not only do we have the band playing, we're doing a Hoe Down DJ set alongside the incredible Penny Metal - internationally reknowned for her quirky and novelty selection of rare polkas and gypsy Ska - this is not your average night - it's a musical and dance odessy! Come hoe and down and dance at the Book Club ! £5 in before 10pm (barn dance is at 9pm) x x

Burn's Night Supper and Dance

Saturday, January 23, 2010 (All day)

This event has now sold out! please do join the mailing list and come another time........................Join us for an authentic Burns Night Supper and Barn Dance on Saturday 23rd January - with all the jolly ceremony (Hagis, odes, toasts, kilts and a dance). The ticket price includes a three course meal, champs, Salmon, and the best bit is, any profit goes to charity. It's a win win situation. xx

Midnight Special

Saturday, December 12, 2009 (All day)

Midnight Special! This Saturday, 12th December 2009, Hackney Wick... come join us for hog roast, tunes, dances and all sorts of midnight mayhem at the midnight special...


Friday, October 30, 2009 (All day)

Cut A Shine team up with the Return to Camden Town Festival and The Long Notes to bring you a rip roaring night of ceili and barn dance at the Dome in Tufnell Park, as part of this incredible festival of Irish performing arts....... Not one dance band, but two! Head to head band dance clash. All the raucous trimmings with an after party and a late night bar..... yeeee haaaa!

Smash & Grab HoeDown

Thursday, September 3, 2009 (All day)

Cut A Shine play Smash & Grab Hoedown, hosted by Mumford and Sons - carry on the bank holiday spirit with a Thursday Night shin-dig with bands, dancing, DJs, dressing up and all sorts of shenanigans! At the Camden Proud Galleries, Thursday 3rd September £4 Door Tax xxxx

Cut A Shine at the Rivoli Ballroom

Friday, July 3, 2009 (All day)

Cut A Shine in association with Lewisham People's Day presents an evening of Dance and Song at the Rivoli Ballroom, South East London..........Doors: 7:30...Brockley Ukelele Group 8:15....Cut A Shine Barn Dance 9:30 - 11pm......DJ Tofowski (Balkan Beats): 11pm til close........The Rivoli Ballroom is a splendid period built music hall, lovingly restored and maintained by it's current owners, retaining all it's period charm. The acoustics are fantastic and the lighting sublime (this is definitely not a cut throat promoter dressing mutton as lamb, it really is awesome!).

Cut A Shine Christmas Party

Sunday, December 21, 2008 (All day)

Join us for our Christmas Party Barn Dance at Shoreditch's premier venue for live music - Cargo! The Barn Dance craze hits the heart of Hoxton cool.... joined by The Long Notes - a stonking Irish band, Katy Carr and Plaster of Paris! Barn Dancin' 10 - 11:30pm. Since this is our special one off Christmas party the door charge is £3 in advance - a right bargain! Come dosie doh with us this Christmas... Cut A Shine xx

Paprika Balkanicus + The Zong Zing All Stars

Saturday, December 6, 2008 (All day)

Double Headine night featuring two of our favourite dance bands here at The Magpie's Nest and Cut A Shine. Both have played for full to bursting nights at the Old Queen's Head, and here team up for a ethno-world-trad-folk-tastic-dance-off at the legendary Cecil Sharp House, Camden's best dancing venue................

Last of the Summer Shine

Saturday, November 29, 2008 (All day)

SATURDAY 29th NOVEMBER - LAST OF THE SUMMER SHINE. Our big barn dance night at the splendid Finsbury Town Hall. In Support THE KILLER METERS down and dirty funk band to shake ya booty to after the barn-tastic dancing. This night is to celebrate our finishing a mammoth 21 festival gigs this summer, and polish of the last of the wine. Prices set at a credit crunch busting £10, less than the last time! Doors 7:30, CUT A SHINE 8:30 - 10:30, FUNK BAND 11, DJs 12-2am. Tickets at WEGOTTICKETS.COM

Scottish Ceilidh Night

Friday, November 7, 2008 (All day)

FRIDAY 7th NOVEMBER >> IT'S NOT A HUMDINGER, IT'S A SCOTTISH CEILIDH NIGHT!!!!! A rip roarer of a dance at Camden's premier dance venue, Cecil Sharp House. Playing alongside Scotland's fatest step dancing pipe playing folk-n-rollers Breabach. Well? It's not just the Scots who can strip the willow right? We got that whole barn dance shizzle goin on down here too - wall or no wall, it may have been two thousand years ago but we'll show em a move or two! DOORS 7pm, CUT A SHINE 8-10pm, BREABACH 10 - 11pm. £10 from WEGOTTICKETS.COM

Water Margins Festival - River Lee

Sunday, June 22, 2008 (All day)

A fab day out and treat for North East Londoners, this festival by the river is FREE and looks great! SUNDAY 22ND JUNE

StokeFest Barn Dance!

Saturday, June 7, 2008 (All day)

SATURDAY 7TH JUNE!!!! Stoke Newington Festival Barn Dance! Celebrating culture and art of Hackney. Joined by the Milli Moonstone band, and The Wickets - Flamenco Rock band! £5. The Others, 6-8 Manor Road, Stoke Newington. All proceeds pay for the Cut A Shine stage at StokeFest 2008 (which is on Sunday 8th June 12 - 7pm)

Summer Festival Gigs

Sunday, June 1, 2008 (All day)

Cut A Shine are lucky enough to have been booked for most of the best Summer Festivals the UK has to offer! Some are free and some are not, but wherever we get to there's sure to be a crazy barn dance! Click the image above to have a peek at where we're playing, and we really hope you see y'all at some of the shows! xxx

Strictly Come Barn Dancing

Friday, May 23, 2008 (All day)

^^Click Image to Enlarge^^........Strictly Come Barn Dancing...................

An evening of barn dancing with a twist. Fun and games, prizes and hijinks, all set in the splendor of the Grand Hall of the Old Finsbury Town Hall...........

Our distinguished panel of dubious regional judges will award prizes for: * Best Barn Dancers, * Best Dressed Couple
* Most Outrageous Swinging, and * Fastest Basketing


A live set from The Lost Pirates - a rum drinking ska skanking funk mugging rabble of seafaring scruffians.



Sunday, April 20, 2008 (All day)

Sunday Afternoon Tea Dances in the Glorious Finsbury Town Hall. Hosted by Art of the Dog. 2pm - 5pm.

Two For Joy - Cecil Sharp House

Saturday, March 29, 2008 (All day)

Saturday 29th MARCH. early evening dance (7 - 8), part of this festival of \NEW\ folk music and dance to be held at the shamelessly underused venue Cecil Sharps, Regent's Park. Expect top bands over three rooms. Brought to you by The Magpiesnest and The Local. See for full details and line ups.

Valentine's Survivors party

Friday, February 22, 2008 (All day)

Valentine's Survivors Party. The Finsbuiry Town Hall sold out, so we've got another dance all lined up! At The Others, 6-8 Manor Road, in Stoke Newington, FRIDAY 22nd FEBRUARY, £5. It's our fav warehouse space and great for a dance.... Cut A Shinex

Valentine's Barn Dating Ball - 16th February

Saturday, February 16, 2008 (All day)

SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY, Finsbury Town Hall, £10, 8pm-2am....

Cut A Shine Barn Dating: all about courtship - ask someone for a dance, and dance with a stranger! Partner swapping dances, dressed up gingham games, barn dance hijinks and shenanigans......

Paprika Balkanicus:
as spicy as the name suggests, these guys are the new cool face of Eastern European music. A whistle stop tour of the region playing wedding dances and party stonkers! They made even lead a few dances and teach us some steps......

Barn Dating Night

Friday, November 16, 2007 (All day)

Barn Dating. Reinventing speed dating in a barn dance stylee, and bringing a whole new meaning to \swing your partner\: gingham games, a love parlour, message boards, masked and special dating dances.... it's all there! Featuring Live performance from 11 piece jump jive swing band FAT45 and the bona fide family band....yehaa! HOWEVER, this night is not just for singles, it's just themed...dagnamit, barn dancin' is pretty much about datin' and flirtin' anyway!.... £10 OTD (NOT a cheap venue, and you'll see why!)

Baltic Barn Dance

Saturday, September 22, 2007 (All day)

Saturday 22nd September: Baltic Barn Dance at the Finsbury Town Hall, with She'Koyokh (Sh-coy-ah), a nine piece klezmer band who promise to teach some Eastern European moves, and Brothers Bab Ska Band! Who can say fairer than that for a nights entertainment? 8pm-2am. Tenner to get in cos the venue costs over a grand to hire boo x

Autumn Residency

Saturday, September 22, 2007 (All day)

Saturday 22nd September. Having landed after all the festivals, we are producing a season of monthly dances for September, Friday 19th October and Friday 16th November, back at the glorious Finsbury Town Hall in Clerkenwell. We're still ironing out the details and brewing the liquor, but expect some top bands, top fun and games, and some new dances. Highlights are a \Barn Dating\ Night and our favourites Fat45 swing band.

Shambala Festival

Friday, August 24, 2007 (All day) Barn Dance Workshop followed by a Sunday night show! Learn those moves at this loverly festival...

Innocent Drinks Village Fete

Saturday, August 4, 2007 (All day)

We're down for 2 sets of Barn Dancing Saturday and Sunday at the Innocent Drinks Village Fete this weekend! Tickets only a fiver for the whole day and kids go half price....

Lovebox Festival

Saturday, July 21, 2007 (All day)

Cut A Shine return to Lovebox to raise a dust storm again (both days)! Sly and the Family Shine..... xxx get yer tickets now! only £35 a day...

Stokefest 2007

Sunday, June 10, 2007 (All day)

StokeFest 2007 - Sunday 10th June, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Yeeeeehhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa joexx

StokeFest Fundraiser

Saturday, May 26, 2007 (All day)

In eager anticipation of the festival season, we invite you to come dance at our fundraiser for StokeFest - a free, independent festival to be held in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington on Sunday the 10th of June. This is our favourite free London festival, brought together by volunteers and with little backing from the powers that be! All proceeds from the door and bar will pay for a stage with a top notch line-up including the bands that play here tonight. Joined by Morning Bride – an Anglo-America 5 piece playing lush country-tinged music. great DJs on hand to keep party going til late!

May Bank Holiday Show Down

Sunday, May 6, 2007 (All day)

**VENUE CHANGE** Due to lisence problems, our May Bank Holiday Dance will now be taking place at the Old Queen's Head Pub on Essex Rd. We're taking over both rooms of this sumptuous pub to bring you multi-folk-award winning band Van Eyken, Cut A Shine Barn Dance Shenanigans, The ZongZing All Stars - Congolese Soukous Dance band, and some Rock n' Roll/Swing/Bluegrass DJs well into the wee hours. YeeeeeHaaaaa! What a night! £10 advance or OTD. Doors 7:30 - 3am

April Fool's Barn Dance

Saturday, March 31, 2007 (All day)

Back at the glorious Finsbury Town Hall! 31st March and into April...joined by Romani Rad - a 30 strong troupe of Roma gypsy musicians and dancers, providing a dazzling, lively and colourful performance set to wild Eastern European beats! We are really looking forward to hosting them. Be warned - many high jinks expected come 1st of April! Advance tickets available soon from this site.

March Dance at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

Thursday, March 1, 2007 (All day)

Thursday March 1st we'll be back at the Bethnal Green Working Men's for a night of HoeDown and Hicks! We're joined by The Generators: Country and Western music in an East End style (cockney Hank Williams!) 42 Pollard Row, E2.

Valentine's Ball

Saturday, February 10, 2007 (All day)

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The splendid Victorian Ballroom of the Finsbury Town hall (see the gallery section) on Roseberry Avenue plays host to our Valentine's Ball - newly refurbished and opened as the Urdang Academy. Barn Dancing from 8pm - 10:30, followed by the jump jiving 11 peice swing band FAT 45 to rock n' roll and jive the dance to a close at 12am. There is free entry to all attendees to the Queen Boadicea late bar, 2 minutes away, for some hip huggin' jitter buggin' DJs into the wee hours. See the gallery section of this site for pictures of the venue!

Solstice Spectacular

Friday, December 22, 2006 (All day)

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Friday 22nd December Cut A Shine host an evening of entertainment. The inevitable HoeDown (8:30 - 10), a Congolese Soukous band (10:30), Ba5ics (BeatBox 10) and some Rock n Roll and Honky Tonk DJs (til late). Venue is called the Others, 6-8 Manor road above the Snooker Hall. £5 in advance if email in

December Dance

Sunday, December 3, 2006 (All day)

Sunday 3rd December at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club (42 Pollard Row, E2). Get in gingham gear for the party season, grab a partner and shoot the owl at Cut A Shine's December dance!! Joined by the banjo widows - barnstorming bluegrass DJs! 8pm start, $5. As featured in Ye Olde Indy.

Dress Code: Gingham, red shirts, truckers hats and jeans - Hicks with a touch of class!

Launch of Monthly Barn Dance

Sunday, October 1, 2006 (All day)

Cut A Shine Monthly Barn Dance, first sundays of the month at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. Top notch bluegrass/hillbilly bands and DJs join forces for London's liveliest barn dance! 6pm - 12am, £5 with flyer. Dress Code: Gingham, red shirts, hats and jeans - Hicks with a touch of class!

LoveBox Weekender

Saturday, July 22, 2006 (All day)

LoveBox Weekender -this weekend!! Catch Cut A Shine 4pm everyday! It looks like a truely great festival: and it's got barn dancing y'all...

May Barn Dance

Saturday, May 20, 2006 (All day)

Raising yet more funds for StokeFest06, this dance promises to be just as fun as the last one, if not more so! Performing after the dance will be Fat45 - the world's best rock 'n roll review...8pm, The Others, 6-8 Manor Road, Stoke Newington (opp. overground station)

Easter Dance

Friday, April 21, 2006 (All day)

Easter Barn Dance at Hoxton Hall - a beautiful two tier victorian music hall! Fat45 Swing Band after the dance. VJ Musical Bear. Tickets Available - please email to reserve your (£8) ticket.

Valentine's barn Dance

Saturday, February 11, 2006 (All day)

St Valentine's Barn Dance. All money raised from this dance will go towards funding StokeFest, a free day event to be held in Clissold Park on the 11th June 2006. The venue is quite small so please come early! However, it should be going on late with DJ's after the dance.....£6 waged and £4 for concessions and those dressed to ceilidh! At: The Others, 6 - 8 Manor Road, Stoke Newington.

Bethnal Green Working Man's Club

Thursday, December 8, 2005 (All day)

We'll be pitching in with the regular Thursday night delights at the Bethnal Green WMC, with a little Barn Dance Mayhem.....

Knees up at 291 gallery,

Saturday, November 19, 2005 (All day)

Winter Warmer at the fabulous 291 gallery! Oil your clogs and grease your
skillet, and leave your six gun at the door! New Style Old Time Barn Stomp,
starting 9pm Sharpe. Djs from midnight, Hometime 2am, $6.

Cut Your Shine

Friday, August 12, 2005 (All day)

Rocking Ceilidh and AfterParty at the St George's Community Centre on Tufnel Park Rd. The venue is sadly no more: massive respect to the Circle Communuty Centre Crew for all they achieved and for all they wanted to do....