About the Band

We are Jig for a Kiss, a multi-instrumental band from Chesterfield playing our own arrangements of music from the folk tradition. With six voices and about twenty instruments, we’ll bring you songs and tunes from England, Scotland, Ireland, France and America – jigs, slip jigs, and reels; schottisches and polkas; slow airs; a hint of Kletzmer, ska, and swing; and songs about love, crime, hardship and beer.

We enjoy playing foot-stomping, heart-warming, uplifting music from traditional roots around the world at pub gigs, club gigs, charity gigs, parties and festivals. 

Not Christmas

Relaxing before the gig at The Remarkable Hare


Jig for a Kiss have been playing on the folk scene in and around Chesterfield for about 10 years, venturing as far afield as Stocksbridge, Doncaster, Mansfield, Belper and Matlock. We’ve done a great number of pub gigs and ceilidhs. We’ve played on the Sheffield Folk Train, supported Anthony John Clarke & Dave Pegg and Blair Dunlop at the Chesterfield Folk Club, performed at the Chesterfield Canal Festival and warmed up the crowd for the Handlebards.


We have also performed at festivals: Belper Goes Green; Mansfield Folk Festival, as a headline act on a Saturday evening; and Stainsby, where we rocked the Hat Block tent till midnight on a Friday evening.