in the mood for dancing?


Thoroughfare, Harleston IP20 9AS


THURSDAY 21st FEB 2019

Doors 7pm, Live Band 8pm, £5

HARLESTON HAS HAD A SECRET, well for a couple of years.  The renovated Swift Piano Bar at the Swan Hotel on the Thoroughfare high street in the south Norfolk town has been just waiting for a music night.  The dedicated piano bar next to the hotel has room for dancing, its own bar and, yes, a grand piano.  The new Swift Club launches this month as a place for anyone seeking the creative life along the Waveney Valley.

harleston swan hotel Swift Piano Bar

A place for dance classes to test their steps

A venue for local bands to play live

A club for local groups to meet or just have a party night out

The Swift Club launch night on 21st February kicks off with a Latin Dance Night featuring Norfolk-Suffolk band CARABASSA, who bring sounds from Cuban Salsa to Brazilian Bossa.  Then on 21st March the club will follow up with a Jive Dance Night for those ‘40s-style swingers.  In 2019 the club will feature some fine jazz and blues singers and well-known local bands.   The Swift Club is also starting a Swift Sunday afternoon session on 3rd March for some relaxing about, food and in the months to come special Art Exhibitions by local groups and artists.

Swift Club is starting a FREE membership in 2019 for group discounts and more

For info and updates, email: [email protected]


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The revived Fox community pub in Garboldisham between Diss and Thetford now has a regular music evening on a Saturday that ties in well with the street-food vendors invited outside the pub.  Punters bring their food in to supplement their pint and can enjoy some live sounds.  On Saturday 16th March, the eve of St Patrick’s Day, there will be Irish tunes to sing along to from about 7pm.  Then on Saturday 20th April Waveney-based group Indigo will bring their world-music of sounds from Africa to Hungarian folk.  There’s lots more on at the Fox, so check their calendar of events:



Peter has stayed on after Xmas and the shop on Mere Street in the old Currys is doing well, for your replacement strings, sheet music or something bigger.  Word is that the old premises has space in its back yard and the potential for more small units, so perhaps a little cluster of creative outlets down in that non-heritagy, triangly part of Diss?



The local workshop ensemble Caution to the Wind is coming on and will have its first performance at an arts reception near Eye and Diss.  Mellis Arts group are having an exhibition in the back room at the Railway Tavern, Mellis from Friday 24th May to the Bank Holiday Monday.  Caution to the Wind will play an eclectic mix of tunes on the opening night.  To rehearse with the workshop once a month, contact [email protected].