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 tomHervé Dréan & Rachel Goodwin
"Personne n'y danse, que les amoureux..." ("Nobody dances, except for lovers...")
Hervé is accompanied by Rachel Goodwin on piano and also plays various whistles himself.

Hervé Dréan and Rachel Goodwin will lead a Breton tune session for all instruments. Music provided.

Hervé Dréan sings dance songs from his native Southern Brittany (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!

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...

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