Ceilidhs & Gigs

The sound that accompanies these videos was taken direct from the mixing desk which has the effect of making the music sound flat (technical reasons). The sound that the audience heard through the PA was quite different!  We'll overlay these videos with some studio recordings soon, but at least you can get a feel for the band from this.  We are indebted to Hugh Lewis of Square Wave technology for the video footage.



5 May, Upton Folk Festival. Afternoon concert and Evening Ceilidh with Caller Will Hall   http://www.uptonfolk.org/

9 Mar, Ceilidh at Kennet School, Thatcham with Caller Will Hall.  Dancing 7 - 10 pm.  Advance tickets from newburypfa@berkshiremaestros.org.uk

3 Mar, Red Fox Ceilidhs, with Caller Polly Dare.  Church of the Martyrs Community Hall, Leicester, LE3 0QT.  Doors open 7.30, dancing 8 - 11 pm. www.redfoxceilidhs.com

24 Feb, Ceilidh @ Sherfield Park Village Hall RG27 0FP, with Caller Jane Bird.  Dancing 8 - 11 pm.  Advance tickets from admin@sherfieldparkcommunity.co.uk


21 Oct, Cliddesden Village hall, Basingstoke RG25 2JQ with caller Fee Lock.  Doors Open 7.30, dancing  8 - 11pm. Ticket enquiries to angie@fewster.me.uk

14 Oct, Bath Ceilidhs with caller Polly Dare

23 Sep, Public Ceilidh, Southmoor Village Hall OX13 5BY with caller Will Hall.  6 pm Fish n Chip Supper, 7.30 - 11pm dancing.  BYO drinks.  Advance tickets from Jill.Garner@outlook.com

8 Sep Unicorn Ceilidh with caller Polly Dare

9 June Wimborne Minster Folk Festival with caller Fee Lock



29 Apr, Unicorn Ceilidh with caller Barry Goodman, Baldock, Hertfordshire

7 May, Private Party, Dartmoor

25 June, ECMW Public Ceilidh with caller Sarah Clough, Bampton, Oxfordshire

19 - 21 Aug Folkeast, Little Glemham, Suffolk

  • 19 Aug Blaxhall Ship Session, 20.00 - ? with friends inc English String band
  • 20 Aug Late Night Ceilidh, 22.30 - 01.30 with caller Fee Lock
  • 21 Aug, Lunchtime Ceilidh, 12.30 - 14.30 with caller Andy Rouse

8 Oct, Oxfolk with caller WIll Hall Kennington Village Hall, Oxford



23 Aug 2015, FolkEast Suffolk.  Caller MARY PANTON

21 Aug 2015, music at The Blaxhall Ship, Blaxhall, Suffolk

9 -11 Aug 2015 50th Anniversary Broadstairs Folk Week, 2 Ceilidhs with caller BARRY GOODMAN and 2 Workshops.

19 June, Knees Up at Cecil Sharp House with caller WILL HALL 

30 May 2015 Private Party

23 April - St George's Day.  Music at The Cherry Tree Inn, in Stoke Row.


Sat 15 Nov 2014, Meltdown Ceilidh, Haywards Heath with caller WILL HALL

Sat 4 Oct 2014, Haddenham Ceilidh with caller FEE LOCK

12-14 Sep 2014, Bromyard Folk Festival, with caller WILL HALL

Sat 23 Aug 2014, Wedding ceilidh

Sat 16 Aug 2014, White Horse Festival, Grove with caller GORDON POTTS

1- 8 Aug 2014, Sidmouth Folk Week 4 Aug , 12 noon @ Anchor Gardens with caller Will Hall, 5 Aug, 4.30pm @ Anchor Gardens with caller Nick Walden

Sat 7 June 2014, Bridport Ceilidhs with caller WILL HALL

Sat 15 Mar 2014, Great Western Ceilidh with caller WILL HALL 8pm at Bowhill School, Exeter EX4 1JT


Sat 5 Oct 2013, South Moreton Harvest Festival with caller Will Hall.  All welcome

Thurs 25 Jul 2013 7.30 pm , A night of English Folk at Stubbings Estate with John Kirkpatrick, Jackie Oates, The Fraser Sisters, The Outside Capering Crew and Hammersmith Morris Men

Saturday 20th Oct 2012, White Horse Ceilidh 8pm, Grove Village Hall, Oxfordshire with caller Will Hall

31st Aug - 2 Sep, Wallingford Bunkfest - The English Session (Sat 12 Noon Comrades Club) and Family Ceilidh (Sun 4pm Kinecroft) with caller Aidan Hansell 

Saturday 25th August 2012, Shrewsbury Folk Festival with caller Nick Walden. 

Tue 7th August, Sidmouth Folk Week Anchor Ceilidh with Caller Fee Lock. 

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The sound was superb"
John Heydon, Haddenham Ceilidhs,  4 Oct 2014

Thank you SO much for playing for our wedding dance; you were really fantastic.  It was great fun and everyone loved it!"
N&D Sep 2014

You were the best dance band all weekend - so danceable, you sounded great!"
Polly Dare, Bromyard Fok Festival 2014


Monty's Maggot play traditional music for barn dances, English country dances and English ceilidhs.  Captivating tunes are played with infectious rhythm, energy and lift. 

This frequently leads to spontaneous, involuntary and spirited dancing!  

Since 2010, Monty's Maggot have been well-received at festivals and ceilidh series including Sidmouth, Bromyard, Shrewsbury, Broadstairs, FolkEast, Wallingford Bunkfest, Upton on Severn and White Horse.




“English Ceilidh” (EC, aka barn dance) is English country dancing to upbeat bands with emphasis on energy, stepping and fun rather than complexity.

You don't need to know how to dance to go to an English Ceiliidh.  The dances are usually for sets of people and a caller will walk you through the dances before the tune is played

You don't need to bring a partner with you; it’s quite normal to ask someone to dance.  Families are always welcome.

EC dances should be danced or stepped throughout, rather than walked, which is unlike “Social” or “Playford” dances where the complexity of the figures in the dance is more important than the stepping.  This is extreme English country dance! 

If you see people going to an English dance wearing trainers and shorts, it’s more likely that they are going to an English Ceilidh than to a ‘social dance’!

If you thought English country dancing might be boring, think again!

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