Tolka Polkas :: Pirate Day 22/07/12 photo D Thorpe

Regular Irish Tune Sessions

on the last Friday of each month at the Royal Oak Whatlington on A21 near Hastings, from 8.30pm

next one ::

Friday 25th Jan 2016

thereafter on last Fridays in 

on the 2nd Weds  of each month at the Royal Oak Pett  near Fairlight Hastings, from 8.00pm

next one ::

Wednesday 11th Nov 2015

thereafter on 2nd Wednesdays  in 
9th Dec
Tolka Polkas :: Paul, Chris Charlie & Jo (Guitar, Fiddle, Bodhran & Flute)
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Tolka Polkas

Tolka Polkas are Chris Hamblin (fiddle ), Jo Dengate (flute ), Paul Dengate (guitar) and Charlie Gask (bodhran). Together they play exhilarating combinations of jigs, reels, polkas, slides and slow airs, which reflect the variety of their individual styles and backgrounds. Their music has evolved from the many traditional music sessions held in the Hastings area.

Tolka Polkas play at private functions and often in the Priory Meadow Hastings, for the Royal Wedding/Merrie England Mediaeval Day and Pirate Days.

Chris Hamblin

Chris is a fiddle player with a driving traditional style, and has featured as soloist in Celtic Music Festivals throughout Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Zimbabwe. His pibroch features on the Miriana recording with Gruppo Folkloriquo Whisky Trail from Firenze. Chris has created scores and live performances for contemporary and traditional dance events through Twin Arts Limited.

Paul & Jo Dengate

Paul and Jo have performed for many years with the well known local barn dance band Catsfield Steamers.

Paul has always been involved in the Hastings folk scene, most notably as the guitarist with folk-rock band Better Days who toured UK as a support act for Steeleye Span and appeared at the Hong Kong Festival.

Charlie Gask

Charlie’s bodhran playing has provided the subtle, steady rhythm behind many musicians over the years, appearing on numerous CD recordings. A founder member of Hastings session band known as the Stag Band, he has also played with Brian Boru, Temple Bar and Waxus.

Irish Tunes Sessions
Members of Tolka Polkas can be heard playing in two regular Irish Tunes Sessions at the Royal Oak, Whatlington (last Friday of each month) and the Royal Oak, Pett ( 2nd Wednesday of each month).

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