VAL & IAN MCFARLANE are the Callers and the musicians for the first workshop from 2pm to 3.15pm will be THE DONKEY HOUSE BAND under the direction of FRANCES WHITE. This is the Band Ken Sheffield played his concertina in for many years at Stonesfield's weekly club nights.
The late afternoon workshop is from 3.45pm to 5pm and for this VAL & IAN MCFARLANE will be joined by KEEPING THYME. JULIA & SHANE DAY, TINA BROWN and ELVYN BLOMFIELD. In fact we have here 4 of the original members of WILD THYME who made many of KEN SHEFFIELD'S early recordings. We are very grateful to ELVYN for coming out of retirement to join us in this Tribute to Ken.
The Ken Sheffield Tribute Dance will be from 6pm to 9pm. With VAL & IAN MCFARLANE & KEEPING THYME with ELVYN
All dancers booking for at least one workshop and the Tribute Dance will receive a commemorative CD celebrating the life of Ken Sheffield. The highlight of the CD is an interview CAROLINNE WHITE, our Oral History Project Officer made of KEN reminiscing on his life in February 2017. Additionally Elvyn Blomfield, John Graham, Susan Swann and Frances White have made oral tributes and the CD will also include some original recordings by kind permission of Wild Thyme, John Graham, Susan Swann & The Donkey House Band. Book your place now to reserve a copy of this CD.
Workshop 2pm - 3.15pm Val & Ian
with The Donkey House Band
Late Afternoon Workshop 3.45pm - 5pm Val & Ian with Keeping Thyme.
We break between 5pm & 6pm for a bring & share supper.
Please clearly mark any food that is Gluten Free or suitable for vegetarians - thank you.
|The Ken Sheffield Tribute Dance 6pm - 9pm.- Val & Ian + Keeping Thyme||
Book for one workshop and the Tribute Dance to receive a commemorative CD
celebrating the life of KEN SHEFFIELD
|ADDRESS & Postcode|
Please make cheques payable to Stonesfield Folk Dance Group
& send completed forms to Stewart Nicholls, Sun-Dial Cottage, Balscote, Banbury, Oxon. OX15 6JJ
email firstname.lastname@example.org . Telephone 01295-730271
|Why not make this event part of a weekend break in the beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds. See our website www.stonesfieldfolkdance.danceorg.uk for details of B & Bs and campsites in the locality.|
The talented trio of Vicki Swan: Nyckelharpas, bagpipes, recorder, flute, double bass, John Dipper: viola d'amore, Jonny Dyer: harpsichord, piano, guitars, bouzouki, citole,
will be playing 12 dances from their last CD and we have invited guest callers to call these for us.
The Dances are 1. Dick's Maggot. 2. Jacob Halls Jig. 3. A trip to Paris. 4. Emperor of the Moon. 5. Maiden Lane. 6. Kelsterne Gardens. 7. Hare's maggot. 8. Terpsichore. 9. Mount Hills. 10 St Margarets Hill. 11. Softly Good Tummas. 12. Upon a Summers Day.
|Workshop 10.30am to 12.30pm||£7.50|
|Bring & Share lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm|
|Workshop 1.30pm to 3.30pm||£7.50|
|Combined Ticket for both Workshops.||£12.50|
|Name & Address + postcode|
|E-Mail address & Telephone number.|
Please make cheques out to Stonesfield Folk Dance Group and date them 15th October 2018 - last date to cancel(please). Post these to Stewart Nicholls, Sun-Dial Cottage, Balscote, Banbury, Oxon. OX15 6JJ
Email email@example.com Telephone 01295-730271.y
The morning workshop will start at 10.30am and finish at 12.30pm to be followed by a bring & share lunch until 13.30rs. The afternoon workshop will finish at 15.30hrs. Four hours of dancing to beautiful music.
Admission is £7.50 per workshop or £12.50 for both. Please mark any food brought if it is Vegetarian, Gluten Free etc. Many Thanks.
our callers were MADELEINE SMITH & TED MORSE and the musicians for the weekend were KEEPING THYME , Julia & Shane DAY with Tina BROWN.
Over the weekend we celebrated the centennial of PAT SHAW and the bicentennial of Jane Austen. Guests of Honour for the weekend were Chris Turner & Elaine Norman and for the Sunday Marjorie Fennessey.
Madeleine Smith is a terrific caller of English country dancing who is always in demand at festivals and dance events all over the country. She's Dance Director at the annual Folk Week in Broadstairs in Kent. She is know for her love of traditional dances with appropriate stepping and was an accomplished clog dancer, often performing solo at events and festivals. Madeleine has called at all the festivals enhancing workshops with her wide knowledge of country dancing and its historical context. She always emphasises style & technique and is adept at slipping in an element of teaching under the radar! Everyone dances better after a session of her calling.
Ted Morse began dancing with Oxford Morris Men & Oxford City Folk Dance Club when he was 17, started calling & running barn dances at 19 and has barely paused since. Ted plays accordion, percussion & tuba and is an experienced band leader and has run for many years the successful Musicians for Dance Workshops for the Oxfordshire Folk Dance Association. Ted also teaches Morris, Sword & Country Dancing(and more) and is a regular tutor at Halsway Manor(almost resident!) and regularly features jointly with Madeleine Smith. Ted has over the years appeared at all the major festivals and is much in demand all over the country.
Keeping Thyme . We were very fortunate to have Julia & Shane Day with Tina Brown for our weekend. Their pedigree goes back a long way see www.colinhume.com 'The Wild Thyme Legacy'. Three exceptional musicians who have appeared countless times at all major festivals and seldom does a week pass without them playing at a dance. They have given so much pleasure to so many over the years and they demonstrated why at our 45th Folk Dance Weekend.
Pat Shaw. He was a man of many talents Choreographer, Musician, Dancer, Researcher, Singer and to find out more we refer you to www.patshaw.info for more about this remarkable man who tutored Madeleine Smith and was a close friend to Marjorie Fennessey our guest on the Sunday. Marjorie has done more than anyone to preserve the memory of Pat and see that his work is properly archived by the EFDSS. For this we will be eternally grateful.
We very much appreciated having the company of Chris Turner and Elaine Norman for the weekend. We shall always be indebted to them for all the work they put into Set & Turn Single, for all the fun times at Halsway Manor, for all the Festivals Chris called at. There can not be many Folk Dance Clubs that they have not visited. Many Thanks Chris & Elaine.
The weekend was well attended with over 60 booked for the weekend and with others joining us for the evening dances we had three good long ways sets and upwards of 80. The committee were praised for their hard work organising the weekend and the catering which was much appreciated. In fact it will be a difficult act to follow!
we leave this page in place for a little longer to show what an interesting programme we had in 2016 !
We are thrilled that Kathryn & David Wright are Calling this year's weekend. Kathryn & David - ''The Wrights of Lichfield'' in the title of one of Gary Roodman's dances - have been calling as a duo for over 35 years and run a popular series of dance workshops in Lichfield. They have previously called at Chippenham, Eastbourne, Lichfield, Sidmouth and Whitby Festivals as well as the weekend AADS courses in Belgium. They have published some of their own researched and original dances in ''Wrights Humours'' and ''The Vesey Collection'' and their dance ''Freeford Gardens'' is popular in programmes around the world. Their tastes in social dance are wide, from Playford to New England squares and contras, old and new, simple and complex. They enjoy the challenge of making a difficult dance accessible and also like to encourage the integration of good dance technique with dancers' enjoyment paramount.
Purcells Polyphonic Party are the exciting trio of Vicki Swan, Jonny Dyer & John Dipper who are building a reputation for their interpretation of Early English Dance Music. This will be the first and best opportunity for you to experience their sublime music ahead of them appearing at Sidmouth and Broadstairs Festivals later in the year. In Autumn 2017 they brought out their CD - An Invitation to Dance to much acclaim
If you would like to listen to some of the tracks before buying a copy see www.purcelltrio.co.uk you will be amazed.
Vicki Swan (Scottish smallpipes, Swedish nyckelharpa, flute, English border pipes, Swedish Bagpipes, double bass) Vicki began music at age 5 and went onto study at The Royal College of Music, becoming the principal double bass and winning the solo double bass competition. Vicki has now returned to her Swedish roots with the addition of the Nyckelharpa and bagpipes. Vicki has run the Nyckelharpa Course at Halsway for last 3 years and also tutors abroad.
Jonny Dyer (Vocal, guitar, sazouki, accordion, cow horn, spinet, low whistle & trumpet) Jonny has been singing choral music, soul, jazz and folk for as long as he can remember. Jonny's outstanding technical ability, coupled with a wide ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer perform as a duo. Once known mainly for their instrumental skills they are now in demand as much for their vocals. Their recent CD 'Red House' (you will know the dance!) includes tunes and songs they composed. Their albums have earned recent coverage on Radio 3. We are sure you will enjoy Vicki and Jonny breaking into song from time to time. Shire Folk say ' Swan & Dyer are brilliant, so I'm sure it will be an excellent weekend'. They are booked at Halsway for 'Swan & Dyer's Winter Warmer' in December.
John Dipper (Viola,guitar,concertina) a respected, established performer, composer and teacher and instrument maker. John grew up steeped in the traditions of Southern England. His unique playing style, and his compositions convey a deep understanding and passion for indigenous culture. As an experienced workshop leader and teacher, his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm combine to make him a much sought after tutor in academic institutions, festivals and workshops. John has recorded on several film sound tracks including ''The Hobbit''. In addition to playing with Purcells Polyphonic Party he is a regular performer at Cecil Sharp House enjoying an EFDSS residency as a duo with Dave Malkin and they are also performing at Halsway in October. John works for the family firm 'S & R Dipper & Son' making musical instruments. John has made and designed guitars, violins and concertinas and John has restored many antique concertinas to their former glory.
John Graham & The Quarry Turners - are to play for the two special events we have planned for this year. Firstly, a celebration of the work of Stonesfields' own Ken Sheffield whose ''From Two Barns'' series proved very popular and are regularly danced here and abroad. Ken's new book ''The Century Collection'' is shortly to be published by CDSS and will hopefully be available at the weekend. John has been asked to play for this special event since he and Ken regularly play together.
Secondly, a celebration of the life of Oxford's William Kimber who inspired the work of Cecil Sharp, who led the revival in English Folk Dancing and music at the start of the 20thC. John Graham succeeded William Kimber in being the accordionist for Headington Quarry Morris and we look forward to welcoming members of the Team to dance at the event. William's Grand-daughter Julie Kimber-Nickelson will share some reminisces and her husband Alan Kimber-Nickelson will sing some of William's favourite numbers.
We are extremely grateful to Kathryn & David Wright for introducing these two very special events.
Fire Clog - Harriet Kempson & Maria Marshall will amaze us with their clog dancing at the Friday night Ceilidh. Fire Clog are frequently asked to dance at Folk Festivals and are popular regulars at Folk in Oxford and Banbury Folk Festival. We know they will have been practising hard for the Stonesfield Ceilidh and they will put on an unbelievable performance.
With the club having been established 45 years and in truth little of its history recorded we have embarked on the above project. The Project Officer is Committee Member Carolinne White and she has already started recording the reminiscences of some of our long standing members, in fact founding members!
Should anyone wish to share their memories of Stonesfield in past times with Carolinne please use the 'Contacts Page' to make themselves known.
Carolinne would love to hear from dancers who have been attending our Folk Dance Weekend for many years and also from musicians and callers.
From information received via Ann Wooby, who we thank we are able to start from 1985, so we still need information for earlier dates!
1985- John Chapman
1986- John Harris & The Falconers
1987- John & Dee Chapman
1988- John Harris & The Scarecrows
1989- John Chapman
1990- Ron Beeson & Weston Country Dance Band
1991- John Chapman & Cat's Whiskers
1992- Bill & Barbara Kinsman & The Falconers
1993- John Chapman & Weston Country Dance Band
1994- Bill & Barbara Kinsman & Wild Thyme
1995- John Chapman
1996- Bill & Barbara Kinsman
1997- Joe Hodgson
1998- Bill & Barbara Kinsman & Contradition
1999- Joe Hodgson & Alterations.
2000- Bill & Barbara Kinsman & Keeping Thyme
2001- Joe Hodgson & Jovial Crew
2002- Bill & Barbara Kinsman & Momentum
2003- John Turner & Jovial Crew
2004- Bill & Barbara Kinsman, Cis Hinkle & The Falconers
2005- John Turner,Gene Murrow & Jovial Crew
2006- Chris Turner,Trevor Monson & Folkus Pocus
2007- Pete & Marj Hendy, Graham Knight, Ken Sheffield & Folkus Pocus
2008- Hilary Herbert & Jovial Crew
2009- Kendal Green & Deo Volente
2010- Joe Hodgson, Laura Hodges, David Bradley & The Falconers
2011- Kendal Green & Deo Volente
2012- Pete & Marj Hendy,Colin Hume & Dampiers Round.
2013- Kendal Green & Deo Volente
2014- Sibby, Madeleine Smith
2015- Geoff Cubitt, Frances Richardson & Moonlighting.
2016- Kathryn & David Wright & Purcells Polyphonic Party.
2017- Madeleine Smith, Ted Morse & Keeping Thyme
2018- The National Youth Folk Troupe of England.
Carolinne has the equipment to record telephone conversations for any one contacting her from afar!
Carolinne did many of the interviews that formed the basis for the "The Ken Sheffield Tribute CD" that was distributed to the dancers who came to his Tribute Day in March.