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Free barn dance

Fed up with being stuck at home? Desperate to hear live music again? Us too.

We are planning to break out of the lockdown blues with a barn dance featuring Kick Shins and friends on 10 July 2021 at St John's Hall, Mortimer. For more detail, and to reserve a free ticket see

Free barn dance


New recording

It's been a strange year. Everyone had to cancel their bookings and we only managed to play together once before lockdown hit us again. But now things are looking up and we are about to record an EP. The recording is planned for the second half of May and the EP should be available on Spotify, Apple Music and others from June onwards.


Wedding anniversary

It was Stuart & Christine's wedding anniversary on 3 January and several bands joined us to help celebrate. Argo Jazz started the evening with a fine selection of jazz classics, finishing with a special request: La Mer. During the interval there was an eclectic mix of music - flamenco, a Shadows trubute set and a song from Le Miserables. To round off the evening Kick Shins played some tunes with an extended set of musicians who have played with us in the last few years, finishing with a raucous few dance sets. The evening finished all too quickly, helped on by the good food and flow of Champagne.

Nettlebed party


It was a raucous party in Nettlebed Village Hall on 27 April. There were 2 ukulele bands before us and the evening rocked on until midnight.

Birthday party Beech Hill


The wind was blowing and it was cold outside, but inside the Beech Hill Memorial Hall in March it was toasty, with everyone dancing until the end at a birthday party.

Damazan night market - Branle des Chevaux

Kick Shins Branle des Chevaux from Stuart Barry on Vimeo.

Live in Damazan 1


The night markets in south west France are fantastic. Each village has a market on a different day. This one in Damazan is in the town square, surrounded by mediaeval houses. The town hall is on the first floor level giving us cover and a stage. We called a few English dances, then, as we started playing some French and English tunes, loads of people got up and did their own line dancing.

French tour 2018

Above - band enjoying dinner before playing in Moissac

Last week we completed a short tour of villages in south west France. The opening night was in the Parvis, the main square in Moissace, famouse for its Abbey and being on the route to Compostella.

Dindi Moon, a steel pan band from Australia, opened and we finished the evening. It's a magnificent setting, surrounded by restaurants and hundreds of people eating. Despite the blinding stage lights and a few sound glitches we had a very enjoyable evening, and managed to get a few people up dancing.

Look in the blog and video section for more.

Moissac weekend programme

Attached is the programme for the barge and music event in Moissac on 10-12 August 2018.

Festival programme

Preparing for French tour

We are busy preparing for our French tour in August. There is lots to do: new equipment to consider, new songs to rehearse and a slightly different line-up. In the photo you can see us taking a break in the sunshine before diving back in and arguing about a particularly troublesome arrangement.