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Change of name

We have decided that, as a number of dance club organisers like to shorten the name of Portland Drive Duo (Brian and Elaine) to Portland Duo, then that might be the better option. So Portland Drive Duo will now be … Continue reading

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Change of date

Because the May Day bank holiday date has been changed for 2020, May Heydays Festival is having to curtail their festival by one day. Unfortunately this has meant that Portland Drive was not able to be accommodated in a shortened … Continue reading

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Spring into Autumn!

Portland Drive had a great start to the year from winter in Hampton-in-Arden and Bristol Contra into Spring at Lincoln Folk Dance Club. We had a very enjoyable dance in Lincoln with caller Neil Stuart, who gave us lots of … Continue reading

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A great start to the new year

Portland Drive made a great start to the new year playing for Hampton-in-Arden FDG with caller Lynne Render. Neither band or caller had appeared there before but we all had a fantastic evening. Lynne called a variety of dances which … Continue reading

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Fantastic weekend at the Southam Gathering

Great weekend playing at Southam Gathering. So many people loving what we do, whether contra or English! Yay!

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Baby!

We are delighted to welcome a new member to the Portland Drive family! Baby Alice Freya Dunphy was born on Sunday 28th February 2016. Many congratulations to Kathryn and her husband James!

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Playford adventure!

Brian and Elaine as Portland Drive Duo are venturing into playing for their first zesty Playford dance at the end of January at Coventry Zesty Playford with caller John Meechan. This is where zesty contra meets Playford/English, so anything could … Continue reading

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Great fun at Broadstairs Folk Week!

Well it’s all over now! And the debut of Portland Drive at Broadstairs surpassed our expectations. Playing anything from contra to English to boogie Playford with driving fiddle and guitar from Brian, superb flute, clarinet and sax from Kathryn, underpinned by … Continue reading

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Latest news! New fiddler for Portland Drive!

We are delighted to announce that master fiddler, Brian Stone, is joining Portland Drive as our regular fiddler.  Elaine, Kathryn and Brian are looking forward to playing at Broadstairs Folk Week in August, our first festival together.    

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