Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2018

Artistes

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Andrew Shaw

Andrew ShawSaturday THE PLAYFORD BALL with Persons of Quality 
Late 17th/ early 18th century dances from the team responsible for Farnicle Huggy and Elephants Stairs - specialists in obscure dance titles!

Sunday NOT QUITE THE PLAYFORD BALL! with Persons of Quality
The Playford castle gates are open: expect anything - within reason!

ANDREW SHAW was dragged kicking and screaming to his first country dance as a teenager in the 60s. Initial reluctance overcome, he was quickly attracted to the dances and their music, and went on to develop an enthralling interest in and enthusiasm for the history and performance of the English Country Dance.

Read more: Andrew Shaw

Irish Set Dance with Maggie Daniel

Maggie DanielMaggie Daniel first tried Irish Set Dancing at Bromyard Folk Festival in 1996. This was followed by her first trip to Ireland in 1998 where she was really bitten by the bug, and has never looked back! Maggie began calling for set dancing about ten years ago, and now runs two Irish Set Dancing clubs in Devon. During this weekend Maggie will try to pass on the joy of set dancing to the workshop participants, and maybe set them off on a similar journey!

 

Lisa Greenleaf

Lisa Greenleaf

Saturday 7.30pm  Squares and Contras with  Mollie & Ali

Sunday 7.30pm Main American Evening with ECDB

Lisa Greenleaf calls regularly in New England and has been a staff member at dance camps and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Her specialties include traditional and contemporary contras, fun squares, challenging dances of all shapes and sizes, and caller's training.
Lisa likes to emphasize community and communication in her workshops, guiding participants to get the most out of their dancing experience. Her sense of humor is infectious both on and off the dance floor, and she really loves being at dance festivals!

Persons of Quality, USA

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18th-century England meets 21st-century California.
What a wild and wonderful mix! These three very talented musicians play an imposing array of instruments. Irreverent and improvisatory, Persons of Quality is highly danceable, with plenty of lift and drive.

Jon Berger has played fiddle for English, Irish, Scottish, French, and American folk dancers for over 35 years.

Rebecca King plays English and contra dance in the greater San Francisco Bay area and has been on staff at west coast dance camps, weekends, and balls and at Pinewoods, USA.

Jim Oakden performs on an absurd number of instruments, including accordion, mandolin, several styles of bagpipes, recorders, whistle and zurna. A dancer himself, he specializes in playing for dancers in a bunch of bands for ECD, contra, morris, Irish, Breton/French, Greek, and Bulgarian.

(Persons of Quality n. 1: Emigrants, religious exiles, political rebels, serving men sold for a term of service, apprentices, children stolen, maidens pressed, and others who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations 1600 – 1700.)

Renaissance Footnotes

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Renaissance Footnotes present the music and dances of the distant past in an interesting and entertaining fashion. Come and enjoy the performance and then have a go at the dances.

 

Corry Verheijen

international Corry 150Unfortunately Corry has hurt her knee and has been advised not to teach at EIFF2018. We wish her speedy recovery and welcome her back in 2019.
She sends her best wishes to the Eastbourne Dancers

She says "My most important aim is Having Fun in dancing. Pleasure in dancing is more important than making the right steps. Just dance and forget the world around you!"

Kalia Kliban

KaliaFriday 8pm with Persons of Quality

Saturday 7.30pm with Keeping Thyme

Kalia Kliban has been part of the California Bay Area of USA traditional dance scene since the mid-1980s, performing and teaching in a wide range of styles. At dance camps and festivals across the country she has taught morris, longsword, English and American clogging, English country dance and contra, and she's a regular contra and English caller in the vibrant Bay Area dance community. Her welcoming and relaxed teaching style has helped dancers of all levels experience the joy of traditional dance.

Kalia's workshops

Saturday "Disorientation Station," a selection of dances offering distinct orientation challenges, triple minor progression and heys.

Sunday morning "Cruising Altitude," where we can just dance and enjoy each others' company without our brains getting too sweaty.

Sunday afternoon "Fur and Feathers," a collection of English and American dances referencing birds and animals. (mixed ECD and contra) Some of the dances may be challenging.

Lynne Render

Lynne RenderFriday 8pm American with ECDB

Sunday 7.30pm Mixed but mainly American with Mollie and Ali

Lynne Render is a dancer and caller from Loughborough in Leicestershire.
She is a regular caller at local clubs and also calls for dances, ceilidhs and workshops at clubs and festivals throughout the country.
Lynne calls for dancers of all abilities and has worked with many well-known bands.
She has called at Sidmouth, Chippenham, Eastbourne, Lichfield and Bromyard festivals, at Casterton and other dance weekends and is a regular caller for The London Barndance Company at Cecil Sharp House, the Alcester contra series and the Peeping Tom ceilidhs.
Lynne likes to call a mixture of American and English dances and is always on the lookout for interesting, but nicely-flowing dances to add to her repertoire. She firmly believes that a clear explanation will enable the less-experienced dancer to enjoy a good dance.
Lynne enjoys a wide range of dancing herself through social dance, ceilidhs and Appalachian clogging.

Nigel Close

"Mined out of Thyme"
Keeping Thyme have dug out a rich seam of their favourite tunes and Nigel has excavated the dances that fit them.   Nothing too complex or energetic to start the day, but some glittering nuggets are here to be picked up.

Nigel Close has danced for most of his adult life and was dance director of the display team Woodfidley for many years. He calls for Playford balls, club nights and ceilidhs; has taught a range of workshops including Welsh, Manx and dance technique; and leads the Winchester club ‘as many as will’.

His philosophy is that dancing should be enjoyed and part of this enjoyment is in listening and responding to the music – making the music visible in dance.

In his spare time he is the token man in a circle dance group!

English Contra Dance Band

ECDBThe English Contra Dance Band is a two piece band playing music for contra dance. They are based in the UK and have been performing for the last ten years at most of the major contra dances. Linda Game plays a driving fiddle style over Gareth Kiddier's solid piano accompaniment. Although they are from different traditions, English traditional and Rock, they have adapted very well to the American high energy style of contra dance music. As a dancer recently said, "How can two people make so much noise!".

Read more: English Contra Dance Band

Hervé Dréan & Rachel Goodwin

mad tom"Personne n'y danse, que les amoureux..." ("Nobody dances, except for lovers...")
Friday 8pm till late
Euro-bal ! Dances from France, Brittany… and more!
Hervé Dréan sings dance songs from his native Southern Brittany and plays various whistles, recorders and bagpipes, accompanied by Rachel Goodwin on piano, in a wide range of dance forms from the French Bal Folk repertoire. Whether you know the dances or not, most are easy to pick up, so come and try them out and enjoy a great evening “à la française” !
Breton song and dance workshop (in French!) : Most Breton dance songs are sung by a lead singer and the rest of the dancers repeat all or part of each phrase. Hervé will teach simple repetitive songs and the dances which go with them (Tour, An Dro, Hanter Dro, Rond, Contre-rond, Bal à 4 sauts...), and can also provide you with the words if you prefer!
Hervé and Rachel will also lead a Breton tune session for all instruments. Music provided.

 

Keeping Thyme

 

Keeping Thyme

Eastbourne IFF would not be the same without Julia, Shane and Tina.  We know that they will play lovely, danceable music for you, and then complete the weekend by leading the musicians in the Final Fling on Monday afternoon, and still be smiling at the end of it all.

 

Mollie & Ali

Fiddle and accordion with zest, with swing, playing contra dance and country dance with energy and lyrical abandon.

We are dancing with you when we play, and like you we are making it up as we go along...

Passamezzo

Passamezzo is dedicated to the performance of Early Music in an accessible, educational and historically informed context. The name 'Passamezzo' comes from the sixteenth century round (a series of chords) of this name. A passamezzo might take the form of a simple song or dance - Greensleeves is the most well known example of this form - but could also become a courtly dance or an exhibition piece, with virtuosic and showy divisions played upon it.
We give frequent public music performances and have played in museums, barns, palaces, concert halls, theatres, gardens, stately homes and ruins throughout the country.

They will be playing for Renaissance Footnotes on Saturday and Sunday.
Come along to the Meet the Team session and ask questions about their music.

Brian Stanton

Brian Stanton

Odd Occupations (Jolly Jobs) with Keeping Thyme
A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon with Keeping Thyme: Some of Brian's favourites which are less strenuous physically but might well require the little grey cells to be alert.
The Tunes of Charlene Thomson with Persons of Quality

Brian has been busy since the New Fetival Callers Showcase two years ago, with events at Halsway Manor and in the Midlands.  He is a mkeen member of his club’s Playford display team and regularly performs in period costume at local events and historic buildings.
He loves dancing Playford, modern English and American styles. His workshops will reflect his enthusiasm by encouraging dancers to think of the two big Ts – Timing and Technique.

Gog Magog Molly Dancers

The multicoloured menace of the Fens!    We all enjoyed them so much in 2016 that we asked them back for 2018!   Enjoy their workshops on Sunday

Molly dancing is an ancient tradition from the depths of East Anglia practised by the ploughboys during the winter months in the Fenland villages.

Gog Magog Molly was formed in 1996, and have added fun and colour to festivals and folk events ever since.
The original dances were the inspiration for their repertoire, which now includes dances of increasingly fiendish complexity!
Gogs are easily spotted by their colourful attire and carefully un-co-ordinated faces!


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