The Horsmonden tunes workshops are back in operation again on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month after the Christmas break – and will soon be practising a list of tunes for the spring barn dance, which will be at Brenchley Memorial Hall on the 25th March.
More details will follow – but I can already say that our friends Ollie and Malcolm Woods will be with us. If you don’t yet know them, Ollie’s a percussionist and Malcolm’s a melodeonist and both sing…
And of course on the Sunday night we have Jeffries duet concertina exponent Mike Hebbert at the Unicorn at Marden!
Get ready for the Harvest Hop Barndance at the Bell & Jorrocks pub at 8pm on the 24th November, featuring our favourite dances, party games, surprise entertainments, raffle, and a great candle-lit atmosphere, with our own Rosie Davis calling, music from the Horsmonden Traditional Music Class and friends, and Frittenden favourites Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison adding to the general jollity.
Tickets are £6 and £4 (concs), with all funds raised going to help fund the Frittenden Old Fashioned Night Out day scheduled for the 6th April. Call Gavin on 07985 522734 to reserve your tickets now!
If you play English traditional music and would like to join the band for a few tunes, you’re very welcome.
We’re planning to have a list for the night, so if you’re not too confident about some of them, you’ll know when to dip in and play, and when to drop out and dance with your partner or go to the bar! Among the tunes we plan to use are the following:
The Hundred Pipers (march)
Cock of the North (jig)
Haste to the Wedding (jig)
Rig a Jig Jig (jig, natch)
Strike the Bell (32-bar step hop)
Off to California (32-bar step hop)
The Sloe (polka)
The Girl with the Blue Dress On (polka)
Oh Joe the Boat is Going Over (polka)
Donkey Riding (polka)
Three Around Three (polka)
Shave the Donkey (waltz)
Sussex Cotillion (incidental tune, but I guess it must be a cotillion!)
From Night til Morn (polka)
The Famous Fiery Clockface (jig)
Classic session and barndance tunes, every one of them, and they’re all either on the class pages, or this YouTube page.
PS – Here’s a video showing what a great time we had!
PPS – And here’s another, this time from Annie and Steve’s YouTube.
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