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December 17 gigs

We had a busy December with a Christmas party in Pangbourne and a 21st birthday party in Shiplake. Both had lots of willing dancers - so willing that we tried out some of our more difficult dances. We usually start with a selection of simple dances for the first half, then judge whether we can step up a notch. As long as people are enjoying themselves it does not matter too much if not everyone makes it perfectly to the end.

Wedding at Bradfield College


We played for a wedding at Bradfield College on 28 May. The hall was very grand, with a high roof and good acoustics, and the large audience made good use of the space, filling the hall with dancers..

Abingdon Operatic Society


We played at Steventon Village Hall (a great location - big dance floor and good stage) for Abingdon Operatic Society on 24 March.  Another very lively and rocky dance.  The above video is a full length one of one of the dances, complete with audience participation noises.

Purley Memorial Hall


We played at Purley Memorial Hall on 18 March to a young and lively audience.

Party in Wiltshire 5 Nov 16

We had a bit of a drive through the lanes of Wiltshire but this was a great family party in a very nice village hall.  We did a bit of live recording and part of one of the tracks is available below.  The shouting at the end is the audience having a good time.

Wedding in Islip, near Oxford

On Saturday 15 October we played at David and Tehmeena's wedding.  Dave is a former band member so joined the band to play a few tunes.  It was a lively evening.  We ran straight through about 8 dances non stop then moved onto a disco run through our PA.  Here are some photos, taken by Dave's son.

Stuart starting to explain the dance.

Paul tuning his bass

Stuart calling and playing

Ray, Dave and Stuart playing

Kick Shins 35th anniversary dance


An extract from one of the dances with Fran Woods calling.

Kick Shins 35th anniversary songs video


 At our anniversary dances we try to do something different from our normal dances.  We performed three songs: Handle With Care, We are Each Other and One day like this.  Here parts of each are combined to give a shorter overal version.  Thanks to Carl for the vocals.

Kick Shins 35th anniversary

On 9 October 2016 we celebrated our 35th anniversary, playing at the Beech Hill Harvest Festival barn dance.  Shown is the current band with others who have played with us along the way.

Pang Valley Scouts



We played in a huge marquee for Pang Valley Scouts on 28 May.  Hundreds of people were at the event and many enthusiastic dancers piled into the marquee for a very lively dance.  The threatened rain stayed away and we had a fine weather evening.