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Music and Dance Sessions

steve_harris 20 Apr 16 - 05:41 PM
Leadfingers 20 Apr 16 - 08:19 PM
Steve Gardham 21 Apr 16 - 01:26 PM
Mo the caller 21 Apr 16 - 04:23 PM
GUEST,Guest 21 Apr 16 - 08:29 PM
Mo the caller 22 Apr 16 - 09:15 AM
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Subject: Music and Dance Sessions
From: steve_harris
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 05:41 PM

At the recent Folk Weekend Oxford, I found 2 opportunities to dance in music sessions which was very nice. It's quite rare though – often music sessions don't have enough room for dancing, the floor isn't right or there's no one to dance with. I'm sure some of the musicians would love to be "accompanied" by some people dancing?

So I got to thinking that with just a tiny bit more organisation it could happen more often? EG, in some parts of the country, there are "Skittle Alleys" with excellent floors and these areas are often empty. I'm sure I've been to occasional music and dance sessions at the Somerset Arms in Cheltenham

Anyone interested in trying to make more of this happen?


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Subject: RE: Music and Dance Sessions
From: Leadfingers
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 08:19 PM

Its not unknown in The Newt sessiona at Sidders


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Subject: RE: Music and Dance Sessions
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 21 Apr 16 - 01:26 PM

Of course this is traditional in English pubs. Step dancing was often part of any musical gatherings, either one person solo or two standing opposite competing, men and women. Unfortunately step dancing seems to have died out in most areas since WWII.


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Subject: RE: Music and Dance Sessions
From: Mo the caller
Date: 21 Apr 16 - 04:23 PM

There is a French session at Whitby every afternoon (not on the festival programme, but well supported by musicians and dancers)
Also Sat May 28th at Chester FF


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Subject: RE: Music and Dance Sessions
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 21 Apr 16 - 08:29 PM

Where is the French session at Whitby held?


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Subject: RE: Music and Dance Sessions
From: Mo the caller
Date: 22 Apr 16 - 09:15 AM

I think it's called the Yacht Club. Next to the bandstand at the bottom of the Khyber pass.
It fills the gap between the progammed lunch time and early evening sessions leaving no time to eat - the bar serves tea and probably sandwiches.


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Subject: RE: Music and Dance Sessions
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Apr 16 - 09:28 AM

Step dancing is alive and well in lots of the Suffolk pubs. Come to the Blaxhalll Ship on a Wednesday.


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Subject: RE: Music and Dance Sessions
From: Mr Red
Date: 22 Apr 16 - 09:50 AM

I believe the french sessions in Bath sessions & Bristol sessions have dancing.
And there is always the French session at Chippenham FF (Sunday night).
And a lot of sessions if there is a square metre where I attend!


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