Tuesday, 5 August, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:00

Cloggin Waltz with Georgia...

Hopefully we'll have this dance finished by the end of this session.....  It's a Sam Sherry/Welsh/Heinz57 Waltz built modular and taught by Georgia... It's good fun and involves trying not to kick your partner (often)....

The Con Club
20 Peel Street
Littleborough
OL15 8AQ
United Kingdom
Saturday, 16 August, 2014 - 12:00 to 13:00

Family Fun Day Dance Out

I know we're a few dancer down on this day, so let's try and get some more in!  It's a family fun day raising money for some worthy charities.  It's gonna be a good dance out ;0)

Littleborough Cricket Club
Denhurst Road
Littleborough
OL15 9LD
United Kingdom
Sunday, 7 September, 2014 - 12:00 to 14:00

Dance Out Music and merriment At Ellenroad Ring Mill

A dance out at Ellenroad Engine House.  Also music session if you're all up for it?   Let me know in comments below if you can have it?  If we can meet at the venue at 12 to have a run through....

Ellenroad Engine House
Elizabethan Way
Newhey
OL16 4LE
United Kingdom
Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:00

Sam Sherry Cloggin' Waltz Practice With Georgia and the Oakenhoof Crew

Wow, I hardly feel like I've come up for air since Rushbearing, but here we are (gulp, gasp)!  Georgia will be carrying on with our new dance, which is done in pairs, and is right good fun.  We're about one third through it now, and I reckon we could have it done intime for our next dancxe out on the 16th of August....

There is a video of the dance below, and the tune is Man On The Moon, but we may change it to Home Over The Fell.....

The Con Club
20 Peel Street
Littleborough
OL15 8AQ
United Kingdom

The other day I was at the Wake of my mates Mam (Bless ya Linda, you were one of the great characters of life, and the World's a duller place without you). Anyway, it's a reasonably sad fact that as we get older we see our old friends less and less, and more sad is the fact that it tends to be at occasions such as funerals... It's always good to catch up with the old posse though, and we all have the boisterous banter like we always have. Now, I could tell my mates anything, and get a bit of a ribbin', but when I told them about “clog dancing” and “morris”, I was a freak!

 

I love a good ale driven debate with my old buddies though, because we all have our sides, and score points with laughs, agreement, and “I'll drink to that”, with the occasional “bollocks!” There's no anger, just banter and a good laugh on the journey.

 

Now I'm not an organised, career driven kind of guy: who gets in to something, because they think they can get something out. I kind of see things as like a theme park of cool experiences: where I get on, and really enjoy the ride. Sometimes in life the ride becomes mundane, so I probably wont go on that one as much any more, and will either join the queue, for another adventure, or, help create a new one. On that note though, I'm not some hedonistic invertebrate, just out for kicks, I like to fully engage, immerse, into my life’s adventures.

 

My argument with the boy's that day, that won me kudos, and also kudos for the way of the morris, was that Morris, clog dancing, and taking part in English tradition was like taking the red pill in the movie the Matrix. If your unfamiliar with The Matrix, there's a video below, but watch the film sometime too, it's great. That by taking part in English tradition, you are in fact snubbing the controlling influences of mainstream entertainment, and are in fact living a true life. I highlighted, in a previous blog, the mass Americanisation of our culture, and that we've all stood by and let it happen by neglecting our own. Don't get me wrong, America itself has a fantastic local and traditional culture, which too is neglected. In all western countries, they get the same music by the same artists, pretty much, and it's because the record labels, TV companies, news stations are all the same companies all over the World, i.e. The Matrix.

 

It's our duty, having taken the red pill, to make sure our kids and friends don't go and see all this, listen to this, mainstream by the yard cold porridge, mass produced musical pap, but that they go and support local artists, especially the folk ones, and encourage events in their areas, in their locals, at their schools: to make sure all these bedroom, and shower singers, have a real outlet, that's not cold porridge karaoke, but is our culture passed down to the next generations.

 

So, I don't think I'm gonna get clogs, or bells on many of my mates, but I have won most over to the cause. I do think though, that if the next generation could be more involved in traditional music and dance, it would ensure their life's get-togethers are all year round, and all life long, and a celebration of that life itself, and everyone knows that if we all play together, we all stay together!  

Tuesday, 22 July, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:00

Post Rushbearing Cloggin Clog

Hi All, Congratulations on a fantastic Rushbearing.  As you all probably know, Helen and Robyn aren't going to be with us for a few weeks, but we're gonna take the lead, from some of our younger members and see how that pans out..  This week, Georgia, Chloe, and Molly will be going over Sam, and Pat dances, and starting something new.  I'm sure it's going to be great fun ;)

 

The Con Club
20 Peel Street
Littleborough
OL15 8AQ
United Kingdom

So pleased I had the wisdom to have booked today off.....4 days of Rushbearing bliss....dressing the cart, singing and dancing in fields, fresh onion soup n sexy jackets (oh and the odd ale); a fun filled celeidh night with wonderful friends on a hot night, thank you Nicola and Alex for great music (oh and the odd ale); a storm to add extra atmosphere and then a rather wet time in the park after dressing the cart, but enjoyed the singing and dancing and admiring such talented and fun musicians and dancers and enjoyed taking part; an evening of merriment with wonderful music - a cracking jammin session learning n playing a range of traditional songs...(oh and the odd ale) and later on discovered the joys of Jim Beam with dandelion n burdock - thanks Wodge n Michelle! I was so thankful for a quiet day on Sunday (as if!) .....marching through Littleborough with the cart strumming away alongside talented musicians..great...and then the celebrations in the square.... Watching such great variety of people drumming, singing, cloggin, belly dancing, swords, sticks a swinging...and a joy to have taken part with the Littleborough Oakenhoof Cloggers and the Black Nan Band ...felt the support from the locals and the other performers.....a quiet but important part of proceedings - of the young ladies laying the rushes at the church door, and finally undressing the cart ready for next year but not forgetting fun at the Con Club after to celebrate a fantastic time (with the odd ale) ...and fittingly strumming the guitar and singing down the canal on the way home .....seemed right. Today, I may not have the odd ale.....but reflect and be thankful for something special x

Rushbearing 2014 Schedule

Thursday 17th July. Rushcart dressing:

Key:

Oakenhoof / Black Nan Band – optional

Oakenhoof / Black Nan Band - required

Start

Element

Finish

17.00

Cart moved to Lock 35

18.30

18.30

Guests arrive at Lock 35 (bring some food to share if you can) (sharp turn near the Bird I’th’ Hand – if you prefer, drive up past the lock, turn round and come back the other way, apparently it’s easier)

 

18.30

Music and dancing from Black Nan Band and Oakenhoof dancers (free and easy)

20.30

 

Cart moved or stored? Not sure what was decided…

 

 

Friday July 18th. Rushbearing activities:

 

Start

Element

Finish

16.00

Cart moved to Littleborough Cricket Club

16.30

19.30

Guests arrive at Cricket Club (free entry – open to those involved in the Rushbearing and their friends and family)

 

19.30

Final dressing ceremony

20.00

20.00

Ceilidh in Willow Room At Cricket Club

22.00

22.00

Cart stored at Cricket Club

 

 


Saturday July 19th. Event in Hare Hill Park

 

Start

Element

Finish

9.30

Breakfast available in the Cricket Club

10.00

10.00

Final dressing of cart

12.00

12.00

Move the cart from Cricket Club to Hare Hill Park via back lane

12.30

12.00

Event / party in the park:

17.00

 

CHARITY STALLS

Helen Poutard

Lifeboats

Marie Curie Nurses

Pennine Pet Rescue

Bleakholt Animal Rescue

Help for Heroes

Palestine Solidarity

Peace group

Elaine Walker- arthritis

 

 

 

ATTRACTIONS

Tricks4Treats Dog Display Team

Tantara Taiko Style Drummers

Paul Cheeseborough

Magic and Punch and Judy

Donkey Rides

Climbing Tower

Bouncy Castle

Littleborough Band

Morton Sports

Cowie’s Fun Fair

 

 

 

Dance Sides (Band stand)

1.00: Chameleonic Drummers

1.30: Thieving Magpies

2.00: Raving Maes

2.30: Al Kabili

3.00: Littleborough Oakenhoof Dancers

Turn and turn about as above until 5

 

 

 

Traders

Greenwood’s BBQ

Mrs J’s Pastries

Pextenement Cheeses

Jenny Hodgkiss- Capture Design

Tabatha Louise Firth- tattoos

Pamela Green –upcyled gifts

Lizi Pickup-Pendle Pottery

Liz Humphreys- all sorts

King Olive

Star Tree Studio

 

17.00

Cart returns to Cricket Club for overnight storage by reverse route

 

18.00

Drinks and ad hoc performances in the Cricket Club

 

 

 


 

Sunday July 20th. Rushbearing parade and festival in Littleborough square

 

Start

Element

Finish

9.30

Breakfast At Cricket Club

10.00

11.30

Cart pullers, dancers and musicians gather (all sides except Coconutters and Rossendale Clog Heritage, who will meet us in the square at 12.30)

12.00

12.00

Cart departs from Cricket Club onto Calderbrook and then Hare Hill Road, into village square

13.00

13.00

Dancing and music in the square:

17.00

 

Sides:

10 min slot (ish) each, with the exception of Littleborough Band, who will do 1 half hour slot (schedule subject to change on the day)

Chameleonic Drummers

Britannia Coconutters

Littleborough Oakenhoof dancers / Black Nan Band

Nicola Beazley’s folk big band

Raving Maes

That’s All Folk

Littleborough Band (enter time expected)

Thieving Magpies

The Beezums

Little Folk

Rossendale Clog

Wardle Folk

Al Kabili

Richard Parkes

Rossendale Mummers

 

17.00

Offering of Rushes to Holy Trinity Church

17.10

17.10

Cart Dismantled at Conservative Club car park

18.00

18.00

Cart returns to Birks Lane via low loader

 

 

Tuesday, 15 July, 2014 - 20:00 to 22:00

The Black Nan Folk Band Jam

This is our last rehearsal before rushbearing.  I think Cliff is going to come down and give us some advise on arrangement and dynamics.  If we can get as many musicians as possible together, It will be a great jam.  Also we might try and get some little splinter groups together, to "Busk The Boro"...

 

The Con Club
20 Peel Street
Littleborough
OL15 8AQ
United Kingdom
Tuesday, 15 July, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:00

Last Dance Practise Before Rushbearing

Well Summer is now well and truly under way, and it's our big weekend: The Awesome Littleborough Rushbearing Festival....    This will be our last full rehearsal before this weekend...  We'd love as many of our dancers as possible this weekend, so come an down and enjoy this brilliant run through....

There's also loads going on starting from this Thursday.  I'll post it all on here... I'm as excited as a kid for Christmas about this weekend, it's gonna be brill' ٩(●̮̃•)۶

The Con Club
20 Peel Street
Littleborough
OL15 8AQ
United Kingdom

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