Unicorn Magazine Issue 140 is now out…

Issue 140 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 140 of Unicorn Magazine (October, November & December 2017) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

Please also remember to sign up to our mailing list and read this blog for amends in between issues… For example, there is an amend to the printed version for the session in St Albans on a Wednesday night – now reading: ST ALBANS • White Swan, Dagnall Street, (8.30pm, weekly, Traditional Irish Instrumental): Rick, 01727 852976

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YM 25th Anniversary

This just in from Young Miscellany:
YM 25th Anniversary
On Saturday 20th May, Young Miscellany are celebrating their 25th anniversary and we are marking the occasion with a day of dance in Harpenden when we will be joined by Gig Magog Molly, Hemlock Morris and Chiltern Hundreds who will all be performing in the town centre throughout the day. The event will include a maypole dancing display and the chance for younger members of the public to participate.

Young Miscellany is a children’s folk dancing group based in Harpenden who have been enabling children and young people to perform traditional English folk dancing for 25 years. They are regular performers at the annual “Folk by the Oak Festival” and have performed at Cecil Sharpe House, the spiritual home of English Folk Dance and Song. YM have performed all over England and abroad, and have received many plaudits from people keen to see English dancing traditions continued.

Our aim has always been to provide a safe but fun environment in which young people ( 6 to 18) can learn about England’s many different styles of traditional dance, including Cotswold, Northwest, Molly, Rapper, Border, Broom, Country/Playford, Step Clog and Maypole, all to the accompaniment of live music performed by a band consisting mainly of parents, but also  some children. The benefits to our young members are huge and include: learning to work as a team; increased fitness and physical co-ordination, and helping develop confidence by performing in front of live audiences. Many of our ex members have gone on to enjoy traditional folk dancing into their adulthood.

We are always looking for new members. If any Unicorn readers know of anyone between the ages of 6 and 18 who would like to find out more, they would be welcome to one of our sessions  free of charge to have a look and/or  participate with no obligation. For more details, please contact us via Facebook, e-mail joefrench99@hotmail.com or phone/text 07961 853717. Our sessions usually happen on the morning of the first and third Sundays of the month in Harpenden.

We would be willing to be interviewed about this event, our activities as a group, and Morris dancing in general, which is often wrongly viewed as an activity that only older people perform!

You can contact me (Joe French, YM’s Musical director) on this email address: joefrench99@hotmail.com, or on my mobile: 07961 853717. I also would be able to arrange an interview with one of our young members, parents and/or our leader, Lynda Swaine.

Here is our website:


You can also find Young Miscellany on Facebook

I look forward to hearing whether I can provide any further help or information to help you cover this positive and inspiring story on your doorstep!

Yours faithfully

Joe French
Musical Director
Young Miscellany

Haddenham Ceilidhs, June 3rd at Haddenham Village Hall

This just in from Haddenham Ceilidhs:

The next event organised by Haddenham Ceilidhs  is  Saturday evening, June 3rd at Haddenham Village Hall. This is the last one of the current season and as you are already  aware, there will only be  one further event after this in December. So only 2 more chances to enjoy  yourself at Haddenham Ceilidhs!

For our Ceilidh in the Main Hall, dancing starts at 8 pm –  Music provided by  The Oxford Nags, Nick Walden will call the dances and Hammersmith Morrismen will give a dance display.

The Oxford Nags is a new “all star” four piece ceilidh band based around Oxfordshire and a bit of Hampshire. They play stonking English tunes for stonking English dance. With a line up of Nina Hansell on fiddle, Sandy Shallis on Melodeon, Andy Turner on anglo concertina and Gareth Kiddier on piano.There will be a short dance display from Hammersmith Morrismen. Kitted out in blue and gold and cutting a dash on the streets and off, Hammersmith Morris Men, known for their lively and engaging style, continue to thrill and entertain audiences around the country.

In the Walter Rose room, our compere Kitty Vernon will start the proceedings just after 8.30pm and will introduce Dave Burland and one of last year’s New Roots finalists, Anna Mullens and Beth Gifford.
Dave Burland is one of the most well-respected and long-established performers on the folk scene. His apparently effortless singing and guitar playing gained widespread acclaim 40 years ago when his first album, A Dalesman’s Litany, was voted Melody Maker Folk Album of the Year. Nic Jones summed up Dave Burland perfectly when he said: “He’s a uniquely calm, gentle and clever singer who makes you feel it’s all so amazingly simple.” He’s also been described as the Frank Sinatra of traditional folk music. And he’s also got a deliciously wicked sense of humour.
Anna Mullens  and Beth Gifford perform traditional and original material creating a fresh and original sound with violins,voice and viola.
Doors open 7.15pm, dancing starts at 8pm. An admission charge of £12, lets you dance or enjoy the concert or perhaps a bit of both! We rarely put up “House Full” signs – it is a large venue but if you are concerned about gaining admission on the evening, just e-mail or telephone and we will reserve tickets for you on the door.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone or any other groups you feel may be interested.

For more information, contact John on Tel. 07717 047039
e-mail: john@actionfolk.co.uk Website: www.haddenhamceilidhs.co.uk

Details of our programme up to June 2017 are available on our website.

John Heydon

Unicorn Magazine Issue 138 is now out…

Our latest issue (Issue 138) of the magazine is now out – download it here: Issue 138 >> … or visit our main website for more details >>

This issue is the first to feature a full colour cover and inner spread – and this is just the start! Our next issue (Issue 139, June, July and August) will be printed completely in full colour, something we have been working towards for a while now. Details of the change will be sent out soon…

You can also download our A4 poster , designed to encourage people to take a copy of the magazine… (or just collect the set for your wall!). Download it here:
Issue 138 poster >>

Unicorn Magazine Issue 137 is now out…

Our latest issue (Issue 137) of the magazine is now out – download it here: Issue 137 >>

… or visit our main website for more details >>

You can also download our A4 poster , designed to encourage people to take a copy of the magazine… (or just collect the set for your wall!). Download it here:
Issue 137 poster >>

Unicorn Magazine Issue 136 is now out…

Our latest issue (Issue 136) of the magazine is now out – download it here:

Issue 136 >>

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Unicorn Magazine Issue 134 is now out…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 134

Unicorn Magazine Issue 134

Our latest issue (Issue 134) of the magazine is now out – download it here:

Unicorn Magazine Issue 134

… or visit our main website for more details >>

You can also download the A4 full-colour poster here, designed to encourage people to take a copy of the magazine… (or just collect the set for your wall!)
Issue 134 poster

Issue 134 poster