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Moseley Folk Festival 2013 - workshops

Saturday 31 August | Sunday 1 September | Storytelling (both days)

1-2pm, Centre Court Stage - Kids Ceilidh, with Barry Jones: An opportunity for all the kids to find out how much fun their parents will be having on Sunday at the ceilidh dance.  Barry Jones has co-ordinated and called the Bromsgrove First Schools Country Dance festival for the past 25 years, called for Barn Dances all over the Midlands and "guested" at many of the Folk dance clubs in our region.  His style is relaxed and he will teach/call whatever dances will suit the group he's blessed with.  The mixture will contain longways, squares and circle dances and the emphasis will be on "Dancing for Fun".  Music will be provided by Moseley's own Paul Lindley.

1:30-3pm, Tennis Hut - Unaccompanied Singing workshop, with David Campbell
David Campbell was born into a singing tradition.  His grandparents, Dave & Betty Campbell, were popular representatives of the peculiarly rich song tradition of north-east Scotland.  His father, the late Ian Campbell, was a prominent and influential figure in the folksong revival of the 1960s.  David is now the only family member active on the folk scene.  He plays some banjo and ukulele, but is known principally for his mastery of the tradition in which he was raised.  If you'd like to take an active part in his Unaccompanied Singing Workshop, bring along a song you sing, or would like to sing, unaccompanied.  David will discuss as many of them as time allows.

3-4pm, Centre Court Stage - Penny whistle for beginners, with Belinda Hutchings
Whistle a Happy Tune!  Learn basic fingering and a tune (or two) by ear on a penny whistle, the most portable of musical instruments!  Whistles provided.  Minimum age 9.  Belinda Hutchings plays for ceilidh dancing and at Irish sessions in Birmingham.  She teaches whistle at the Irish Centre in Birmingham.

5:30-6:30pm, Centre Court Stage - Rapper Dance Workshop
The rapper dance is a fast traditional English dance from the mining villages of the North-East and involves five people connected by short, two-handled, flexible swords (called rappers) forming a chain. Without breaking this chain the dancers weave in and out of one another twisting the swords to form locks and breastplates, sometimes jumping or even somersaulting over the swords. This is an opportunity to learn the Beadnall Dance, originally performed by five fishermen in the small village of Beadnall on Christmas Day each year. The dance will be displayed beforehand around the festival site and in Moseley alehouses, along with one or two dances unique to Ryknild Rabble. This workshop is suitable for anyone.

Sunday 1 September

1-2pm, Centre Court Stage - Klezmer Dance Workshop with Judith Plowman and the Klatsh
Klezmer is the party music of 'old' eastern Europe, with easy happy dances!  Judith will lead you into 'follow-my-leader' dances, often in circles or lines, that swoop and swirl about, in and out of spirals and zig-zags, through knots and arches - all to joyous, infectious Klezmer music from klezmer band, The Klatsh!  Come along - no partner needed - and enjoy dancing!

2-3:30pm, Tennis Hut - Music workshop, with Karen Tweed
This workshop is open to all musicians - not just accordion players! - and will explore and develop two or three well-known tunes. If you don't know the Kesh JigAshokan Farewell or Danny Boy, you can find the notation and listen to each tune being played by clicking here.  So bring your instruments along and join in an exciting and enjoyable musical collaboration.  Karen loves working with mixed instrumental groups to produce and encourage ideas that take simple melodies into unusual and innovative arrangements, while gently nurturing musicians to try dynamic ideas and ultimately feel confident to create their own wonderful arrangements.

3:15 to 4:15pm, Centre Court Stage - Bones workshop with Louisa Davies-Foley 
Louisa is the daughter of the late Len Davies, an amazing bones player who played from the age of 5 until he died, delighting folk festival audiences up and down the country.  The bones are an ancient percussion instrument, similar to spoons.  There are bones from Egypt in the British Museum dated 2000 BC.  Louisa learnt to play from her father and is now keen to keep up this family tradition.  This is a great workshop that anyone can try - whether you have prior experience of the bones or not!  She will be teaching how to hold the bones, playing single beats and ornamentation, and playing to music.  A limited number of sets of bones will be available for participants to use, but please bring your own if you have them.
4:45-5:15pm - Klezmer dancing for all with the Klatsh Band, caller Judith Plowman
Klezmer music and dance was the party celebrations for weddings in the Jewish communities of the old, pre-War Eastern Europe.  A wedding would have involved almost everyone - immediate relatives, neighbours, friends and business connections.  Thus the dances at the party were easy and fun!  Many are 'follow-my-leader' dances, often in circles or lines, that swoop and swirl about, in and out of spirals and zig-zags, through knots and arches, all to joyous, infectious Klezmer music!  The Klatsh - Klezmer Dance Band with Judith Plowman to lead the dance - have specialised in playing traditional klezmer tunes over the last five years.  Their particular blend is infused with a passion for the music, a touch of melancholy, a sense of excitement, and a belief that each performance is a moment to savour! 

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, Tennis Hut - Tales and Ales, with Graham Langley and friends
Traditional stories have a life and a magic of their own.  Relax in the company of Graham Langley and friends for a special festival Tales and Ales.  Bring a drink along if you wish for a different sort of relaxed listening.  If you have a story to tell yourself then there will be plenty of floor spot opportunities -- or just sit back and chill out.

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