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New dance & folk club Blackheath London

Sarah the flute 27 Feb 16 - 07:13 AM
Mo the caller 27 Feb 16 - 11:44 AM
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Sarah the flute 28 Feb 16 - 08:31 AM
Sarah the flute 29 Feb 16 - 04:27 AM
Sarah the flute 02 Mar 16 - 04:30 AM
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Subject: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 27 Feb 16 - 07:13 AM

Morrigan will be hosting a monthly international song and dance ceilidh / folk club beginning in April - last Friday of the month at Mycenae House, near Blackheath, London.

The events are being held in partnership with
GFMA and the idea is to have a mix of cultures. Each month one band/artist/dance troupe will have a special extended slot. The rest of the evening will be a dance then performance slot on an alternating basis. The core band for the dances will be Morrigan and some guest musicians and amplified but anyone else who wishes to play along with the music (unamplified) will be very welcome. The idea is to provide an evening of entertainment for all.

Artists can apply for floor spots either through the Morrigan email on the website or via info@globalfusionarts.co.uk

There is a subsidised bar and food will also be on sale in the canteen next door. Lovely venue with a nice big wooden floor for dancing and good acoustics.

April to July events are going to be a trial and if all goes well then this will become a regular club. Please tell your friends and spread the word.

April 29th, (ceilidh special) May 27th,(Botswana musicians slot for Africa) June 24th, (Bards without borders band celebrating 400 anniversary Shakespeare and Refugee week) July 29th (Cheng Yu Chinese Pipa Player slot)

If you can't wait that long come to the GFMA Good Friday Ceilidh at Charlton House on 25th March!

Sarah


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Mo the caller
Date: 27 Feb 16 - 11:44 AM

Wishing you well (from Chesire).
Does that mean that the dancing will only be alternate months?


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Mo the caller
Date: 27 Feb 16 - 11:44 AM

Wishing you well (from Cheshire).
Does that mean that the dancing will only be alternate months?


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 28 Feb 16 - 08:31 AM

The dancing will be every month
The evening format will be performance slot then dance then performance slot then dance etc with a slightly longer 20min slot for the featured performer in the middle. Morrigan will top and tail the evening with a song and do the MC bit

Can you make it down from Cheshire? The dances can be called by whoever wants to do one!

Sarah


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 29 Feb 16 - 04:27 AM

Just keeping this in the spotlight for a bit


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 02 Mar 16 - 04:30 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Mo the caller
Date: 02 Mar 16 - 08:47 AM

I think you are further than my 50 mile radius. There are lots of good things round here too.

But yours is an interesting idea. Will be interested to here how it works out.


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: matt milton
Date: 02 Mar 16 - 08:49 AM

Hi Sarah. Have just sent you an email about a floorspot. Sounds interesting.


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 02 Mar 16 - 09:05 AM

I'll be interested to see how this goes. It's nice to see a ceilidh club which IS a ceilidh club. A ceilidh used to be a dance with entertainment spots, but in recent years it has come to be just a dance - and English Ceilidh at that. The only other example of this type of club I know of was one we ran in Liverpool in the '70s. We had two resident bands, playing on alternate weeks (actually, it ran fortnightly), an MC and a resident caller. Tom Brown and I (The Wakes) were with one band, and also used to do song spots, and we had floor singers and the occasional 'floor caller'. The intention had been to book guests, which might be a guest band, guest singer/dance team or guest caller. It ran for a few months, but although it was ticking over, we never got enough money coming in to be able to book guests. Personally, I always thought it was a mistake to do it in Liverpool, but I wasn't actually running it. A lot can depend on where you are.
As regards the running order, I think I'd be inclined to do three or four dances and then some entertainment, rather than alternate as you are planning, but maybe this is something that will sort itself out with experimentation and feedback from Mr and Mrs Punter. I'd also avoid having English Ceilidh every week. Some people prefer the more traditional type of band and dances. You might also have the occasional 'special' - Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Breton, Cajun, Quebecois, Balkan etc.
Good luck. I'd like to see this type of club catching on.
John Kelly.


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: matt milton
Date: 02 Mar 16 - 09:13 AM

"I'll be interested to see how this goes. It's nice to see a ceilidh club which IS a ceilidh club. A ceilidh used to be a dance with entertainment spots, but in recent years it has come to be just a dance - and English Ceilidh at that. The only other example of this type of club I know of was one we ran in Liverpool in the '70s."

Actually there's another current example that also happens to be in South London, coincidentally: the monthly Folk of the Wood nights. They always have several live acts around the dancing.

http://www.folkofthewood.co.uk


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 02 Mar 16 - 09:24 AM

Ah - a trend? Actually, I've been thinkibg about doing this in the North West, but haven't spoken to anybody about it. Sadly, experience tells me I'd almost certainly be applying my head rather forcibly to an immovable brick structure - again. Nobody seems to have the will to do anything in these parts. Mind you, if any adventurous person hereabouts is interested....
John Kelly


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 02 Mar 16 - 10:41 AM

Come to that Haddenham has a song spot and, usually, a display spot.

In London it is the Scottish ceilidhs that are purely dance, and before anybody tries to call me a liar by mentioning Knees Up Cecil Sharp, they do not describe their events as "ceilidhs".


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: GUEST,Reynard
Date: 02 Mar 16 - 10:50 AM

Not calling you a liar, but you might want to have a quick check before making such pronouncements:

http://www.kneesupcecilsharp.co.uk/kucs.html

"The Knees Up Cecil Sharp Ceilidhs provide interesting and energetic evenings of folk dancing. They present a mixture of established and up-and-coming bands mostly playing in the English ceilidh style."


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Mo the caller
Date: 02 Mar 16 - 11:46 AM

Where in the NW, John?


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 02 Mar 16 - 11:58 AM

FWIW, KUCS used to have acts and display spots in betweeen the dances.


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 03 Mar 16 - 07:46 AM

@Raynard
The word "ceilidh" in that quote describes the style of the bands not the format of the evening.


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 03 Mar 16 - 07:49 AM

didn't mean to hit enter then

The term "English ceilidh" is accepted in folk dance circles as describing a style of performance.


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 04 Mar 16 - 06:07 PM

Mo: South Lancs area, but not Liverpool. I suppose it would depend on suitable venue, and whereabouts of other people who might be interested.
I haven't spoken to anybody about it, but have asked people about srarting a trad folk club, and just got negative responses. One or two people have sugggested getting together and 'doing something', but then gone cold on the idea - twice! I always did seem to encounter that kind of reluctance around these parts. Have you got any ideas along these lines?
John Kelly.


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Mo the caller
Date: 05 Mar 16 - 09:42 AM

I've PMed you, John.
It's quite hard to fit everything into the week isn't it. I found that with Have-A-Go


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 05 Mar 16 - 12:11 PM

My feeling is that most people don't want to do something folky every week. We alternate songs with tunes nights. The tunes sessions get around 20 - 25 and the song sessions 10 - 15. The clog sessions, alternative Saturdays get 15 - 20. A self organised Ceilidh gets around 40.


http://www.folkatthebeech.org/


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 05 Mar 16 - 12:14 PM

We stole some of Mo's ideas from the Have a Go Ceilidhs - anybody can join the band and anybody can have a go at calling - works really well.

We have no bar so encourage people to bring a picnic and their own drink - also works well


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 07 Mar 16 - 05:18 PM

ooooh just seen all the comments on this
Matt we have been in touch I think
Thanks for good wishes John - yes we think we will run 2 or 3 dances together then some performance slots on reflection.
As it's only once a month we hope people will save the date in their diaries and we are hoping to have a range of cultures in the dancing too.
I guess the real difference is we will have a core band for the dancing with mics/DI but the idea is others can just jam along which hopefully means the evening will appeal to all - musicians, dancers and singers ...well that's the idea

Sarah


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Subject: RE: New dance & folk club Blackheath London
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 12 Mar 16 - 06:53 AM

Just keeping this in the frame


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