Our session

gavott facing pub          gp w barb and ann

NEWS:   A new  French/Breton Session in BRISTOL : Sunday 28th September 

This will be at the Small Bar, 31 King Street, BS1 4DZ at 8pm, upstairs.

It’s hoped that this can be a regular monthly session (4th Sunday)  and this one is intended to see whether it works. We have the excellent fellow and piper  Phill Butler to thank for setting this one up. See you there.


Click here  to see videos of  the regular Bath session.

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Our Bath Session meets on the first Sunday of the month, 8 pm,  at THE ROYAL OAK pub  (The one in Lower Bristol Road, BA2 3BW ). We play and dance to  French and Breton tunes: traditional tunes and newly composed ones that fit the dances.  There are dances in couples:  bourees, waltz, schottische, mazurka and polka, and also Breton dances in lines (no partners).

fiddle clare amy daniel           distance pub

We usually have  border bagpipes (french-style), hurdy-gurdy;  accordions, melodeons, and concertina;  fiddles, whistles and recorders.  Everyone is welcome to join in or watch and listen.

trumpet looking    Phil, Steve and Chris

This session was started by the renowned piper, Andy Letcher,  and met in Bristol for many years.    We moved to Bath when we found this pub.  It has a welcoming attitude, famously good beers and ciders and a good wooden floor for dancing.

The session was the springboard for that great local band  “Cyser” which played  inspirational music until Giles and Trudi  moved abroad.  You can watch Cyser here.  and listen here.  Some of us are involved with “Hot Springs”  who organise the  Grand Bal de Bath. The next Grand Bal is planned for  31 October – 2 November 2014.

Some of us have been  playing  and dancing in the street as part of Bristol’s “Make Sundays Special” : watch the videos here.

September's Street Band

twirl2             Dan and Amy

Everyone is welcome to play, dance or listen.

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