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Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green Family Ceilidh

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Dance the night away to Pigeon Swing, who play live music for this year's long awaited Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green ceilidh. Caller Baz Parkes will walk you through the moves. DOOR TICKETS AVAILABLE.

Hastings’ Jack in the Green is a revival of a 19th century custom that used to be common across southern England. On May Day the sweeps would parade a massive garland around town. These days it attracts colourful characters, morns dancers, dancing giants and still even the odd sweep. It has associated Morris dancing, street events, concerts and ceilidhs over the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend. After two years of online events Hastings Jack in the Green is excited to be back, live in the heart of Hastings!

At this year’s family Ceilidh/barn dance you can get your feet stomping to the brilliant ‘Pigeon Swing’, with experienced caller Baz Parkes walking you through the moves. Don’t worry if you don’t have a partner, or know the moves, you can pick them up as you go along!

‘Five old hands combine to make fresh and extremely danceable music. If I wanted a band for my wedding, this is the band I would book!’ John Kirkpatrick*

(* in fact he did book the band for his wedding dance…)

The Pigeon Swing plays lively traditional Québécois music in an English style, to get the dance floor rocking and the feet tapping. The music is honed perfectly for ceilidhs, barn dances and concerts, and the band has appeared at numerous festivals and ceilidh clubs.

‘Great to dance to, great to listen to, a whole new and wonderful repertoire.’ Matt Norman

Members of the Pigeon Swing have been involved in many major, influential English dance bands – including the Old Swan Band, Flowers and Frolics, the Oyster Band, Gas Mark Five, Edward II and Tiger Moth – and bring their wealth of dance-band experience to their unique, unusual and exciting repertoire.

Door Tickets Available

£12 Adults

£5 Children.