Cloggin' At The Con Club - Oakenhoof - Littleborough's Cloggers Cloggin Practise
Littleborough's finest clog dancers will be practising until they're purple this, and every, Tuesday at the Con' Club on Peel Street. Please feel free to come down and give it a try. All ages and abilities welcome. It's right good fun and tones your bum.
Super Awesome Clog Dancing For All Ages And Abilities in Littleborough - We Got A Gig - So Practise Practise Practise
Wow, It's Tuesday again. Was last week like a whirlwind for you too? Anyway, tonight's the night to come and clog. We've actually got a gig lined up now, the week before Rushbearing, so hopefully we'll have a few dances, and our attire all sorted by then. However, we need to make sure we practise, practise, practise . Also, there's been some great articles in the media this week about the resurgence of Morris, and droves of people wanting to take it up. So, be proud that you are part of something brilliant, popular, skillful, traditional, and the new Rock 'N' Roll.
If you've got any friends, neighbors, strangers, that might want to get involved, please encourage them to do so. It's not just about dance, it's our heritage, and it needs not just protecting, but showcasing.
Here's one of those great articles: Clicky the Picky
Rossendale Clog Heritage Dance-Out at Wycoller Festival of Wonders
Dancing at the Festival of Wonders. Performance time will be 1.30pm; meet up time to be confirmed. Further details posted in the Rossendale Clog Heritage group area.
Oakenhoof Dance-Out at Bury Transport Museum
We've been invited to dance-out at Bury Transport Museum for the Morris Marina Owners club National Show. Please meet at 10.30 in your Oakenhoof gear ready to dance at 11... Angela, I'll bring your belt. Anyone who needs a lift or an adult to take their offspring, let me know! Hels :)
We were lucky enough to be privy to a short notice performance by local fiddle player, Nicola Beazley, and Somerset lad Alex Cumming, on vocals and accordion, at The Pack Horse Inn, Old Birtle. It amazes me that so much music can resonate from only two people. It's clear that these two are not only professional and highly skilled at their craft, but have done a lot of rehearsal, performance, and study together.
It was a very apt venue, a rustic country pub, with real fires and real ale. So, for me anyway, there seemed to be a real synergy between the music and the venue. Also, because it was a short notice performance, and on Monday night, it wasn't overly busy. Which made it feel even more cosy and personal. They performed numerous sets, of which I can't remember many titles, mainly because I was just so chilled absorbing the music, but also because the morning after there's a bit of a merge of tunes in my head.
Aside from their excellent musicianship, Alex is quite an entertaining compare too: getting numerous laughs from the audience, without being daft or puerile. More importantly, his skills on the accordion were mesmerising, and confidence in delivering a song, validated. Nicola's craft on the fiddle is equally mesmerising, with a real soulful range of tones, timbres, and tempos. They played a few of her own compositions, which were well crafted and performed flawlessly. Nicola also did a hauntingly beautiful Gaelic solo piece which silenced the pub, until the applause of course.
All in all, I feel quite privileged to have known about it, and blessed to have attended. I hope a wider local audience is blessed with their performance again soon...
I love the Britannia Coconut Dancers - and we've been going to their Easter Saturday parade every year for a few years now, in all weathers. Nothing better than catching the bus to Bacup and getting off at the Travellers rest around 9am, following the dancers down into Bacup, where there are pies and beer a-plenty.
The dancers and the band are brilliant and their tune is the best earworm you can get; you'll be humming it all over the Easter Weekend, with a perky nod of the head and a jolly smile on your face.
Britannia Coconutters Easter Saturday Parade
Starting at the Travellers Rest on the road from Whitworth at around 9 am, the 'nutters will dance down into the centre of Bacup, for a display in the town centre at lunchtime, then they split into groups and parade around different parts of the town.
The Black Nan Folk Band?
Second meetup of the "House Band" possibly The Black Nan Band. We're getting a set together for the dancers to dance to, and musical interludes. You can find the dots and chords Here!
Super Awesome Clog Dancing For All Ages And Abilities in Littleborough - Pat Tracey's Old Lancashire Routine
It's getting on for Easter and the green shoots of our cloggin' are definitely budding. Just a little more nurture and nourishment and there's blossom around the corner.
We're on our second dance: Pat Tracey's Old Lancashire Routine which is a really exciting dance, and has great provenance in these here parts ;0)
So, come along old and new, learn some steps and drink some brew!