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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 over 35 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

2019

Friday 1st March
Grayshott Folk Club presents: A Barn Dance with the Oxford NAGS

Grayshott Village Hall, Grayshott, near Hindhead, Surrey
caller: Barrie Dean


Saturday 2nd March
Bridport Ceilidhs 

Church House Hall (adjacent to St Mary’s Church), South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NW
caller: Jane Thomas

 

Saturday 30th March
8.00 - 11.00
Oxfordshire Scouts fundraising dance
Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre, Lamborough Hill, Wootton OX13 6DA
caller: Aidan Hansell
Tickets £12.50 from stokesjambo@gmail.com

 

Friday 5th April
Truro Folk Dance Club
Fraddon Village Hall, Fraddon, Cornwall TR9 6NT
Contact trurofolkdanceclub@hotmail.co.uk or 01209 214133

 

Saturday 6th April
Bideford Ceilidhs

7.30 - 1.00
Northam Hall, Fore Street, Northam, Bideford, North Devon EX39 1AW
caller: John Blackburn
Contact 01237 476632 jwbeblackburn@btinternet.com

 

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 @.