About the Band

We are Jig for a Kiss, an eight-piece 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.


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 5 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.



This summer (2019) we have also performed at three festivals: Belper Goes Green, on a Sunday afternoon in June, when folks came into the tent to escape the rain and stayed for the music; Mansfield Folk Festival, where we  were the headline act on the Saturday evening: and (most exciting of all) Stainsby, where we rocked the Hat Block tent till midnight on the Friday.