Folk Group Term 40

Welcome back for a new term! We’ve been asked to do a performance for “That Spring Thing” on May 26th at More Music and we still have a booking at the New Hutton Institute on 30th November.(No we don’t!)… But Janet (fiddle and bagpipe player) has asked if we could do a ceilidh for the Forton School PTA on the 5th July? (Also no we don’t, but we’ll hopefully do something for them in the new school year)

If anyone would like to recommend us for more then please let me know and we’ll try to make it happen 🙂

29/04/24

A couple of great Scandinavian tunes tonight – a Sønderhoning (probably) from Denmark and a Polska from Sweden. Very similar dances, but with some important differences.

MIDI FILE: Poul Piesen

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Obviously not the same tune, but gives a good view of the dance!


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06/05/24

Here are a couple of great welsh tunes I learned from my father as a teen :). He learned them whilst living in Aberystwyth (I think).

MIDI FILE: Diferiad y Cerwyn

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MIDI FILE: Blind Ivar

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13/05/24

Here are a couple of mazurkas I wrote during lockdown. A little more challenging, but hopefully quite sweet…? They need to be played swung. If there’s time we’ll revise Mazurka des Ecoliers and the one after it…

MIDI FILE: Purple Mazurkle and Cen’s 60

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Here’s a recording from my phone. Sorry it’s not better recorded, but should give you an idea!

Set List for the Spring Thing on the 26th May (in no particular order):

Djatchko Kolo (in G)
Waddington/Rochdale (for the maypole)
Midnight on the Water
Westmoreland
The Lilac
Moon & 7 Stars
Old Lancaster Hornpipe
Robin’s Waltz
Neil Gow’s

20/05/24

This week’s tune is a Niški čoček, a Romany dance found all over the balkans. Goran Bregovic (Bosnia)(see video), is a hero of this style with his lively band (check this out!). I understand that this Niški čoček is a trad. Serbian tune that he arranged, but am happy to be proved wrong 😉

MIDI FILE: Niški čoček

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SUNDAY 26th May:

Djatchko Kolo (in G)
Waddington/Rochdale (for the maypole)
Midnight on the Water
Westmoreland
The Lilac
Moon & 7 Stars
Old Lancaster Hornpipe
Robin’s Waltz
Neil Gow’s

We’re on at 12:30 and 2:20… Arrive 12:15 at the latest (I know about a couple who will just arrive when they can – that’s fine, of course!)

What can you expect from this year’s free That Spring Thing event?
We have many drop-in activities for you to get involved in such as:

  • Bulb Planting
  • Willow Weaving
  • Guys Guitar Clinic
  • Bay Blueprint For Recovery
  • Veggie Synth Jamz
  • Hapazome Flower Bashing
  • Meet More Music’s Green Team

We also have scheduled performances and activities taking place.
Find the full line up below:

12pm – Baybeat Streetband
12:30pm – Folk O’Lune with Maypole dancing
1pm – Ballad of the Selkie – a dance performance from Aimee Williamson.
1:30pm – Walk in the Woods
2pm – Bay Youth Voices
2pm – DoodleBug Movement Workshop
2:20pm – Folk O’Lune with Maypole dancing
2:50pm – Baybeat Streetband
3:10pm – Ballad of the Selkie
3.30pm – Live music from young performers