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This is the web site for a unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon acoustic music concerts being held at

Abbots Langley Community Centre,

Gallows Hill Lane,
Abbots Langley,


Click here for directions.

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Ticket Reservations

To avoid disappointment we recommend that you reserve tickets in advance.

Pay at the door on the day of the concert.

To reserve tickets e-mail Alwac email address

or call the organisers Tim and Lesley Brooks on 01923 264536


The Hall is easily entered in a wheelchair, and has appropriate facilities for wheelchair users.

Our concerts are well attended, so we ask able-bodied visitors to allow an extra few minutes and park in the Long Stay car park behind the row of shops a little further up the hill from the Community Centre, leaving the closer parking spaces for those less mobile. There is an aerial view here, showing how close this car-park is to the concert venue - at a slow walk it takes about four minutes to go from the car park to the community centre.


There are many good restaurants and take-aways in Abbots Langley, including a fish and chip shop, all only a few minutes walks from the Community Centre venue. The Royal Oak Pub is just across the road and serves Sunday lunches and other meals into the early evening (best to book in advance). Abbots Langley is also blessed with a variety of good ethnic restaurants and take-aways - all within walking distance of the venue - some of which do a Sunday 'all you can eat' lunchtime buffet. Click here to download a list of restaurants and takeaways, with their Sunday opening times and a map showing their locations.


As before there will be a selection of local craft stalls at the concerts for visitors to browse during the interval.

Amongst those who have exhibited to date are:

Sue Robson with her Lampworked glass beads and jewellery, inspired by the colours, coastline and landscapes of Devon.

Maggie and Gunter Weber's Honey, Beeswax and related products

Annette Burrows: "An eclectic mix of mostly vintage, but some modern costume jewellery for sale at very affordable prices. Many pieces are 'one-offs' and unique. Amongst her collection are, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, brooches, glass, and gifts for ladies who like something a little bit different".

Elaine Charlson with Mead Moon jewellery

Prue King's Cards of Local Scenes

Hedingham Fair - cards, crafts and gifts

Sheena Roberts with her Mary Kay Beauty Consultancy

Wendy Lewis Artist, Children's author and illustrator

Keith Harrup with his wood turning products.

Eleanor Sidaway's printed Silk scarfs.

Bernadine Makins with her jewellery, watches and gifts.

Graham Bailey's turned wooden crafts

Links to related web sites

Abbots Langley Community Centre

Abbots Langley Local History Society

Dick's Folly

Abbots Langley Community Arts Project

Tim Brook's personal website

Kings Langley Local History and Museum Society

Other Folk Music in this area

Redbourn Folk Club

Chesham Folk Club

Haddenham Ceilidhs

Herga Folk club

Tappalachian Appalachian Cloggers

English Miscellany

Whitethorn Clog Morris

Phoenix Morris

The Watford Folk Club

The Aylesbury Folk Club

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Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts

Sunday 20th May 2018

Concert 3pm to 5:15pm

Contra-dance 6:30pm to 10:00pm

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Rodney Miller, Max Newman and Stuart Kenney

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Rodney Miller is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums. Together with Max Newman on guitar and Stuart Kenney on upright bass/ 5 string clawhammer banjo 'Stringrays' create a glorious swinging sound. More about Rodney's illustrious career as a fiddler and violin maker can be found on his website here

Concert 3pm-5:15pm (approx) followed from 6:30pm-10pm by a

Contra-Dance with Mark Elvins calling

Tickets for concert will be 12*, including tea and cakes as usual. Tickets for the Contra-dance will be 10**, with do-it yourself tea, coffee and soft drinks - Note alcohol is not permitted at this venue.

A joint ticket for concert and contra-dance is at the bargain price of 15!

*The concert entrance price includes the tea, coffee and very scrummy cakes which are served in the interval ( or 'Cake Break' as David Eagle of the Young'Uns christened it) by the ALWAC crew.

**The contra-dance entrance price includes do-it yourself tea coffee and soft drinks

Click here for a printable flyer for this concert

FAX - What the heck is a Contra-Dance?

In New England, the most popular form of folk dancing is the 'Contra-Dance'. Unlike the southern States, where the 'Square Dance' (Four couples forming a square) is king, in New England nearly all the dances are in long-ways formation - long lines of couples down the length of the hall. Traditionally the dance continues until the couple who started at the top (nearest the band) have worked their way all the way down the hall and back to the top again - imagine - if there are 16 couples dancing, this would be 16 times through the dance!

By contrast in the UK we are more used to mixing up squares, longways, circle dances, sets of 3 couples (many of these brought back from Australia!), and a few more esoteric formations. The music for Contra is mostly reels - more notey, sounding faster - but the dances are generally done at a brisk walk and are a little more complex than we are used to in the UK!

Crafts at this concert to be announced

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No Photography Policy

To avoid distraction of other concert goers, we ask you to respect our policy of no photography during the performance.

Why are these billed as "Acoustic Concerts" ?

This is to underline that (as a general rule ) the musicians featured in the concerts are not using electric instruments, but are using the natural sounds of their instruments and voices. The performers chosen reflect our own liking for traditional music (and more recent music composed in a similar style ). Depending upon the act we may use amplification to ensure that they can be heard thoughout the concert hall, but volumes are kept as low as possible.

The Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts were launched in November 2010 by a performance of "Where the Working Boats Went" by Life and Times - Barry Goodman and Graham Meek. We decided to follow this up with concerts in February, March, October and November each year

© Tim Brooks 2011

Past Concerts

The posters from all of our previous concerts can be seen here.
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Diary dates for future concerts

We are currently discussing the 2018/2019 season with a number of great performers. Watch this space!

Sunday October 14th 2018 at 3pm


Sunday November 18th 2018 at 3pm


- note this is the third Sunday, not the usual second Sunday

Sunday February 10th 2019 at 3pm


Sunday March 10th 2019 at 3pm