Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2018


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!".

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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 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.

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