Folkdance Festival: Artistes
These are some of the performers from EIFF 2018 — we're leaving the information here to give you an idea of the breadth of the festival until we can put up the list for 2019.
Andrew 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.
Friday 8pm Joy of Dance(Mixed) Welcome to the weekend
with Persons of Quality
and display by Renaissance Footnotes
Saturday 7.30pm Puddle Jumping! with Mollie and Ali
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.
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!
Friday 8pm An American Welcome with ECDB
Sunday 7.30pm Mix and Match 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.
Maggie 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!
New Callers' Showcase
This has been a feature of the Festival for several years, and earlier participants have gone on to call sessions at Eastbourne and other Festivals.
English Contra Dance Band
The 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 one dancer said, “How can two people make so much noise!”.
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…
Persons of Quality
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.
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.
Gog Magog Molly Dancers
Dancers from Cambridge and beyond, weaving complicated patterns with great vitality and precision.
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.
They give frequent public music performances and have played in museums, barns, palaces, concert halls, theatres, gardens, stately homes and ruins throughout the country.
Hervé Dréan & Rachel Goodwin
“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.