Derby Folk Festival Fringe at the Museum of Making

2 October 2022

Derby Museums are thrilled to be working with Derby Folk Festival bringing vibrancy, music and dance to the Museum of Making. This event is free to attend to those with and without Derby Folk Festival Wristbands and day passes.


Hoverla Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

10.30am – 11.45am

Join Hoverla for a morning of amazing dancing and music from Ukraine’s great cultural heritage. The ensemble formed 50 years ago, and have been passing on the skills and traditions of Ukrainian music and dance to each generation since, whilst appearing at events and festivals all over the world.

With beautiful dancing with garlands and flowers, high energy athletic Cossack dancing, and fantastic music from their talented musicians, we know you’ll love them as much as we do.  You’ll hear about how the dances change through different regions, and the origins of where dances came from – and you may even have the chance to show your own skills as audience participation is encouraged!



French / Breton Bal-Session : Traditional Music and Dance from France

12noon – 2pm

Meeting monthly at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook, the “French Session” has long been the place to go (without crossing the Channel!) for fantastic traditional French Music and Dance. We’re thrilled that the Ockbrook musicians and dancers are running a session in the Museum of Making, and we’d love you to come and dance or play and soak up the atmosphere. Instruments include hurdy gurdy, pipes, melodeon, cittern, mandola, cello and more – and the dancing will include Bourrées, Schottische, Mazurka, Polka, Valse and Breton dances such as An Dro.  Don’t worry if you’ve never done any French dancing as there are experienced dancers to show you the steps or lead you onto the dance floor.



Dave Wilson : Inside The Songs

2.15pm – 3.45pm

“Join Dave Wilson (from the fantastic duo, Winter Wilson) in a workshop exploring his song-writing, Dave (vocals, guitar and banjo) is rightly recognized as being amongst the top tier of British songwriters, with his songs sung in folk clubs across the UK and beyond, and this is a chance to delve deeper into his craft and gain some insights into how he creates the songs.  You’ll be able to ask questions about the lyrics and how Dave takes stories filled with emotion and turns them into incredible songs, and find out how he creates the music on guitar, and banjo.  This will also be an opportunity for sharing your tips, tips and insights with the group (Dave’s promised not to pinch all of them!)”

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