We play "Soil Music" for barn dances and other events.
See below for forthcoming events.

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Keith’s Kolumn

Well hello there Potato Diggers!  

Someone asked me only this morning, “How are the Potatoes getting on?”  

I told him about our tea-time show at the wonderful Railway Hotel in Southend only yesterday; the first time we'd played in the bar, there, and the warm response from old friends and new.

In the recent past we've helped people to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in the village halls of south Essex and further afield. They supply the hall and the audience: we supply the dance music and singing. It's great to see those 'happy couples' of all ages swinging around with glee or sitting sipping drinks and tapping their toes.

Hornchurch's Queens Theatre and The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club in Westcliff on Sea have been venues for Famous Potatoes shows lately. We've treated the fans to old numbers like Chicken Reel Stomp and Eight More Miles to Leigh on Sea while unleashing some new ones (for us) such as Robinson County and Put the Pigfoot a Little Closer to the Fire.

Fortunately for the band, there are always some bookings on the horizon. There are some barn dance events over the next few months as well as indoor and outdoor shows. It'd be great to see you at one of these!


Sweet Soil Music SSMCD1 / SSMMC1

We're based in Leigh-on-Sea, four miles west of Southend-on-Sea, Essex - 40 miles (65 km) east of London, England.

"The second best band in Britain" - Andy Kershaw

"I enjoyed the band very much" - Jon Boden, BBC Radio 2

Forthcoming Events

If you arrive here and get an out-of-date forthcoming events list, please visit our Facebook page.

We are appearing at the Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, who meet at the British Legion hall, Northview Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, on the evening of Tuesday 20 January.

We are appearing at Spring Fest on Southend Pier in the afternoon of Sunday 22 March.

We don't currently have any public dances apart from the Ceilidh Club (see below) scheduled before next June - sorry!

We're busy most weeks, but almost all our events are for private functions - weddings, engagement parties, anniversaries, birthdays, private clubs etc. We're sorry if you would like to come and see us and find that there aren't any events you can make, but this is just how the bookings go!

We play about once a quarter for the Grand Ceilidh Club at the Royal Naval Association, East Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6LQ, just 200 yards from Prittlewell railway station on the London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria railway line. Phone Claire on 07818 622822 for more details. This is a club that meets every Wednesday except in August with a live band, and is very deserving of your support. We're playing there next on Wednesday 13 May.

See our section featuring Keith's own barn dance instructions! There are two dances for you to try...

We're affiliated to the English Folk Dance and Song Society.


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This page was last updated on 22 December 2014