Rochdale Literature Festival
We're doing a small tour around Rochdale to support the literature festival and drum up a bit of interest before performing at the festival itself. Meet at the butts at 10.45 for an 11.00 start. Music and dance: 3x 30 min sets. From the butts, we move to the wheatsheaf centre for a 12.00 performance and then on to number one riverside for a performance at 1pm. Then I think a trip to the Flying Horse is likely... :)
Littleborough Folk Jam
Littleborough's very own folk jam session. It does tend to be mainly members of Oakenhoof and The Black Nan Band occasionally interspersed with folky members of the wider community. However, it's always a relaxed affair, and I'm pretty sure we're a friendly and welcoming bunch of all sorts ;0) So, if you play anything, sing or dance, or just want to sit in, come down to Littleborough Con Club tonight at Eight Bells
Get Your Noggin Down To Cloggin'
Come and join the growing ranks of cloggers! It's really good fun, and good for your buns. We meet every Tuesday at Littleborough Con Club between 7 and 8PM. We've had loads of great dance outs and got loads on the calendar. So, come along and get involved, I did, and now I love it ;) All ages and abilities welcome....
Don't lose your connection
With the ways of the past.
Put Clogs on yer feet
And shuffle 'em fast.
No contrived music
That's vapid and lame.
That's good for the brain.
Stand up and be counted
It's time to join in,
Clogs on yer feet
Let us begin......
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Join the growing ranks of people connecting with their own heritage and try clog dancing...
There is a great resurgence of people connecting with heritage arts lately. Clog dancing is one of the best examples of these arts on the rise: with clog dance groups springing up and growing all over the country. So, why don't you come and join the revolution and help upcycle local arts and performance by merely putting some clogs on and learning some of the best arts heritage we've got: cloggin'!
All ages and abilities are welcome, and most importantly, it's right good fun!
Also, if you're interested in playing music, we have a great set of folk musicians, who accompany us and perform solo, who would love you to get involved. Just come along and have a gander ;)
Come And Have A Go At Super Awesome Clog Dancing
Come and join us at Oakenhoof and try the oldest form of street dance. All ages and abilities welcome...
We've had a lovely dance out this weekend, and have loads of really good events to attend all year round. So, come and join the movement, and help promote traditional arts and culture around the region.
This week we are learning a new dance, and some new steps, so it's probably a good time to start......
Come on, get cloggin'!
Also, if your interested in joining our musical minstrels, The Black Nan Band, also come on down and give that a go..... We're a very relaxed and friendly, mixed, bunch of tune peddlers
Wardle Folk Festival 2014 Folkathon
This is going to be Epic... There's loads of brilliant workshops, and then from about half three, a spectacular gala performance from ten awesome folk acts: one of which is Oakenhoof and The Black Nan Band.... It's going to be a great opportunity for us to showcase all our hard work and enjoy what we can do!
Wardle Folk Festival 2014 Ceilidh
The Black Nan Folk Band Open Rehearsal Get Together
Oakenhoof is a voluntary arts group, that incorporates The Black Nan Band. We have musicians of all ages and abilities, and positively encourage everyone to take up an instrument and learn to play. We also encourage live performance, and have played at numerous events in this last six months. The Black Nan Band wears two hats really:
- They play for the Oakenhoof Clog Dancers. So, I guess that hat has got written on it The Black Nan Dance Band;
- They also have an extended band which incorporates some of the cloggers, but as musicians, and some of our younger members who are getting to grips with their instruments. So, I guess this would be called The Black Nan Big Band.
My point is, that if you play, or used to play, and want to get into it, or back into it, and get out there and play for audiences, come down and join in with The Black Nan Band....
We're a really friendly bunch, and are all about inclusion, engagement, and proper good folk music!
Super Awesome Clog Dancing Lessons
Come down and get involved with super awesome clog dancing. Clog dancing is certainly going through a resurgence at the moment, and here at Oakenhoof we can encourage and teach you this heritage form of dance, totally gratis. We have a community chest of clogs. So chances are, there's probably a pair to fit you. It's the original street dance, and very intrinsic to this part of Lancashire. However, and most importantly, it's good for you, and it's right good fun.....
So, whatever your age or ability, you're welcome to come along and give it a try. Oh, and remember, it's free!
For all our regulars, I'm guessing we're working on the new dance, and probably some of the young'uns cloggin' and skippin' at the same time.....
An update on the Clog Dancing Documentary For Telly
Ok folks, an update: It's More 4, not BBC 4 and it's being narrated by Penelope Keith. They don't want musicians I'm afraid, because they have just one squeezebox player. We're dancing Pat Tracey's Old Lancs A Routine and we need to wear black. Trousers preferrably, or leggings. Sorry it's such short notice for the kit, but if you are struggling, phone Helen (07951159586) and she will try and help. It doesn't start for us 'til 3 anyway, as they're doing an interview with a historian at 2-3 so we should make it in plenty of time from Ellenroad.