You can open an abc file of our favourite English tunes here and Euro tunes here   

abc files show you the dots and you can hear a simple melody.  You'll need a free programme (like abc explorer or easy abc) from to open these files. 

If your PC tries to make you save these abc files as txt files, make sure you save them with the suffix '.abc' and choose the 'all types' option - it will work then! Or you can copy the abc tune notation from the txt file into your own abc file.


We have been running highly successful workshops in Devon and Oxfordshire since 2009.  Join our email list to be notified of future workshops by signing up on our contact page.

23/24 March 2019 - "Making It Good To Listen To"

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Andy Cutting and Jo Freya in May 13 (Dave Shepherd out of sight!)
Andy Cutting and Jo Freya in May 13 (Dave Shepherd out of sight!)


Closing Nov 12 with Ian Dedic, Jo Freya and Flos Headford
Closing Nov 12 with Ian Dedic, Jo Freya and Flos Headford



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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