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Mumpers Ceilidh Club

Mumpers, the Derby-based ceilidh club, is celebrating its 40th birthday on 23rd March with a special ceilidh in the Rolls-Royce Pavilion in Derby featuring Peeping Tom, with caller Lynne Render and special guests Pecsaetan Morris from Sheffield.

Mumpers Ceilidh Club first opened its doors in 1979 when Meg Gill and Keith Kendrick decided that it would be a good idea to put on regular ceilidhs with dancing and live music where people could meet and socialise. For most of its 40-year history, the club met fortnightly at the Meadows Inn in Derby and featured a number of local and nationally known bands and callers, as well as encouraging musicians, callers and dancers keen to get involved with traditional music and dance. Resident bands have included Ram’s Bottom, Shepherd’s Hey and Fish ‘n’ Taters. The club has also seen performances from a range of folk artists including Morris, Rapper and Appalachian dance sides as well as choirs, circus skills performers, magicians and a dialect show.

In 2016, the club changed the format of its activities, moving from running fortnightly ceilidhs to holding Spring and Autumn Ceilidhs and a Christmas party. These events have featured bands such as Dance Cupola, Polkaworks, This Way Up, Hekety and the Jam And Crumpet Band, with callers including Lynne Render, Jake Wood and John Brown. The club has continued to encourage local musicians by setting up the Mumpers Community Ceilidh Band which performs at the club’s Christmas parties as well as other local events.

Tickets for the birthday bash in March are £12 (and there are concession and multi-buy options). / 01332 753757