swalcliffe Concerts


Saturday 10th Nov 7:30pm

Swalcliffe Church, OX15 5EP

A glorious celebration of 17th/18th Century English popular music

BOLDWOOD take us back to the 17th and 18th century England when the worlds of folk and classical music happily co-existed and inspired each other to produce rich and fascinating instrumental music. This glorious period in our musical history provides Boldwood with the core of its repertoire.  Boldwood bring this delightful music right into the present moment by focusing on the energy and joyful nature of the tunes in styles alternating from spirited to dainty, resulting in lush, almost orchestral arrangements, combined with energetic, imaginative, spontaneous and skillful playing.

Meet the band and talk to them about their instruments and music.

Blast from the Past: ‘the most exciting band playing English music at the moment’.

Tickets are £14 available now from the box office on 01295 788127

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There will be a bar, doors open 6:45pm

PARKING at Swalcliffe Park School, set satnav to OX15 5EP and follow signs

Boldwood was born in 2003 when Becky Price was drawn to an elegant, locked bookcase at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library containing mysterious leather-bound volumes. Leafing through these fragile manuscripts, often handwritten, she discovered a treasury of forgotten English dance music from the 17th and 18th centuries.  Copying out her favourites she gradually realised what these tunes really needed…… a new band! Since then Boldwood have been at the forefront of musical research and have developed a rich repertoire of delightful music for listening and dancing across Britain and France.  And rather than attempt a faithful period performance they bring this music right up to date with a modern and lively approach.

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Becky Price - Piano accordion

Becky studied classical piano to degree level with David Earl in Cambridge and at the age of 22 taught herself the accordion so she could return to the traditional French & English music she had always loved.  She formed “Finality Jack” in 1996 and “Boldwood” in 2003 and has since worked with various members of Blowzabella (CD “Ashburnham” with Dave Shepherd and CD “Love And A Bottle” with Jon Swayne).  She also collaborated with fellow accordionists Karen Tweed & Hannah James in the accordion trio “Hell Said the Duchess”. She was a guest tutor for the National Youth Folk Ensemble 2016-17, recently guested on Sam Sweeney's WWI album & enjoys playing 1930s dance band numbers in care homes & with “The Honeymoon Trio”.

Daniel Wolverson  - violin, viola

Daniel plays fiddle in several bands including “Pach Pi”, “Infamous Grouse” and the ceilidh band “Finnegan’s Wok”, and hurdy-gurdy in French dance band “Cyser”. He also plays nyckelharpa (Scandinavian keyed fiddle,) and played soprano violin in a performance by Carleen Hutchins’ New Violin Family in 2005 directed by Roddy Skeaping.

Kate Moran – Violin and Viola

Kate is a versatile musician with a varied career, equally at home with classical and English traditional music which she has played since her childhood.  Throughout her training at Birmingham Conservatoire and at the Royal Northern College of Music where she won her Masters Degree, she spent weekends playing fiddle in barn dance bands in Northamptonshire.

Kate currently plays violin and viola with Boldwood and also leads “Mouse’s Nest” ceilidh band.  She recently joined Piva and can often be found guesting with bands both on stage and in the recording studio.  She was a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra for several years, and currently divides her time between Boldwood, teaching and freelance classical playing, most recently with Longborough Opera.  Much in demand as a teacher, Kate teaches violin privately and for One Education Music in Manchester schools, and she is the conductor of Manchester Youth String Orchestra.

Helen O’Hara - Violin

Helen graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a distinction in Performing Studies. During her post-graduate year Helen was invited to play with “Dexys Midnight Runners” on their Too-Rye-Ay album and subsequently joined the group. Dexys achieved worldwide success with the album and single, Come On Eileen, which spent 17 weeks in the UK charts, 4 of which were at no 1. Helen has recorded 2 solo albums for New World Music, featuring the renowned session pianist Nicky Hopkins and has worked with other artists including Tanita Tikaram, playing on her hit single Good Tradition. Helen is currently recording and playing live with Tanita again. In 2018 Helen joined Boldwood.


“Feet Don’t Fail me Now”  CD, 2007

Boldwood’s first album, released in 2007 to great acclaim, included many previously unrecorded tunes.

“Blue EP”, CDEP, 2015

A 6 track EP recorded live at All Saints Church, Nailsworth in January 2015

“Glory Of The West” CD 2018

Released March 2018, our second album of English dance music from the 18th Century is available to buy from Hobgoblin Records
"'...12 tracks of complete delight..." Folkwords
"...it is the Boldwood 'treatment' that truly brings these tunes to life..." Shire Folk


A book of tunes collected by Becky and Matthew –The Boldwood Dancing Master -was published in 2014. In 2016, The Second Boldwood Dancing Master was published by Blast Books.

The Swalcliffe Concerts aim to offer a rich mix of musical styles, enhanced by the wonderful acoustics of St Peter and St Paul, Swalcliffe.  The concerts will raise funds for the church itself and other village projects and charities supported by the Swalcliffe Village Fund.

We have more exciting and varied performances lined up for the future so please look out for further announcements on this page.

Car parking will usually be provided through the kindness of Swalcliffe Park School which is a short walk from the Church, please look out for directions signs and follow the directions of parking stewards as you approach the venue.

The church now has a wonderful new toilet to disabled standards and a small café which should be in operation for concerts serving hot and cold beverages.  The bar of the Stags Head, just across the road, is recommended for those who seek a good “bar’s rest” before or after the performance.

Access to the church is up a flight of stone steps, and unassisted disabled access can be very difficult, however the church now has a Stanley Stair Climber which can take manual and powered wheelchairs up the steps and into the church.  If you would like to use it please give advance notice to the box office number so that we can ensure an operator is available.

TunedIn Swalcliffe: If you wish to keep “tuned in” to future Swalcliffe musical events please email tunedin@swalcliffe.org and we will add you to our mailing list.