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Oxford NAGS is a four piece ceilidh band based around Oxfordshire and a bit of Hampshire.
They play stonking English tunes for stonking English dance.

The Oxford NAGS - Andy, Nina, Sandy, Gareth

Nina Hansell (PolkaWorks, The Bismarcks) has been playing the fiddle and English traditional music for more than 30 years and is deeply committed to traditional dance, through morris, clog and providing music for other dancers. She delights audiences with her passion for playing bouncy English tunes – not only do the audience feel the need to dance, she does too; in fact she can't not.

Sandy Shallis is a melodeon player from Adderbury. She plays for folk and local ceilidh bands including Tinker's Ditch, and her local ladies morris side. She recently teamed up with Tim Howes and won Best Folk Duo at the Chipping Norton Music Festival. John Kirkpatrick described their performance as outstanding. Sandy keeps her melodeon-arm muscles in shape by pulling pints in The Bell, Adderbury, which she manages with courtesy and aplomb. 

Andy Turner plays anglo-concertina with Oxfordshire dance band Geckoes, and with the concert band Magpie Lane. He is a very experienced dance musician, having been playing for ceilidhs, barn dances and morris for about 40 years. Andy gets tunes out of an Anglo concertina that aren't there. He is a lot older than he looks.

Gareth Kiddier (many, many bands, including PolkaWorks, The Bismarcks, English Contra Dance Band and The Watch) sits in the corner and plays the piano, and generally does what he's told.

Gigs

2020

Saturday 29th February
Charity Ceilidh 
- private event

 

Saturday 11th April - CANCELLED
Fundraising dance for Cancer Research UK 

Loddon Hall, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, Berks RG10 9JA
caller: Andy Stafford

 

Saturday 13th June - CANCELLED - to be rescheduled
Willand Folk Dance Club 

Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Devon EX15 2PL
caller: Jane Thomas

 

22nd-28th August - POSTPONED till August 2021
Whitby Folk Week

 

31st January
Unicorn Ceilidhs New Year's Eve ceilidh

St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 5AD
caller: Barry Goodman

 

 

Listen

Short excerpts of Oxford NAGS playing live for dancing:

Red Fox Ceilidhs, Leicester, 20th January 2018

Caller: Bob Morgan

Weymouth Quickstep

James Higgins' No.1 / 15 Welsh Street

Michael Turner's Jig

 

Bridport Ceilidhs, 6th January 2018

Caller: Gill Spence

Bal Frances

 

Meltdown Ceilidhs, Haywards Heath, 19th March 2017.

Caller: Aidan Hansell

Miss Ann Fraser Mackenzie / Tommy Jenkins

 

Truro Folk Dance Club, Haddon Village Hall, 2nd December 2016.

Callers: Frances Oates and Beryl Jukes

Three Around Three / In the Toyshop

Orange in Bloom

The Troublesome Cossack

Contact

For all enquiries please contact Gareth Kiddier on gareth.kiddier[at]gmail.com replacing [at] with @.