Oh Yay, Oh Yay, It's Littleborough Christmas Lights Turn On Celebrations - Spread The Joy!
Enter the Yuletide Spirit with music, dance and merriment!!! We've got two half hour slots; one at 3.30 and one at around 5.30. It's going to be a right good day to launch into the festive season with Oakenhoof joy
Helen won't be there, but we'll be fine without her (she might make the second slot if she can get back from Colne in time). Helen Suggests:
- Parade in, with Dave sweeping at the front to the Rochdale Coconut Dance
- Sam Sherry's Hornpipe
- Kesh Set
- Man in the Moon
- Peacock Dreams
- Robyn with Geoff and Tony
- Flying Dodger
- Old Lancs A Routine
- Yule Clog to In Dulce Jubilo
At 4 - 4.30pm, we need to be on standby, near the performance area, in case Tracey Ray's All Star Dancers need to have a break between their dance spots, so be ready to jump in with a Sam Sherry, Man in the Moon or Old Lancs A at a moments notice...
At the spot at 5.30 (well, 5.35, after the lights have been switched on), we will do one final dance in the square. Then we will parade, leading the crowd, to the Rochdale Coconut Dance, down to the Con Club. At 5.50, we will ceremoniously knock on the door and sing "Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl", getting the peoples to join in, loudly until Bobbie opens the door and lets us in. Then we will have a session at the Con Club :) Happy days :)
Hollingworth lake Craft Fair
This is not a formal performance, but just a Jam. So come in your civvies and bring your clogs and instruments. we'll just do / try whatever we want, musically or dancically. Times to be confirmed, but I'm guessing 11-2.
The Todmorden Illuminated Boat And Lantern Parade
This look a great event, and we've been asked if we want to attend. I don't think we're dancing, but will find out full details and edit this post. There are some Lantern making workshops in advance if you fancy them, I do; CLICK HERE! It can only be even better with a bit of Oakenhoof magic added to the mix
Lantern Making workshops will take place at Roomfield Baptist Church on the following dates:
Sunday 26th 2pm-5pm
Monday 27th 2pm – 5pm
Wednesday 29th 1pm – 4pm
OakenHoof Cloggers Morris Dancing Session 2
Yea, you guessed it. this is our second session learning North West Morris. More importantly we're learning the Littleborough: which is a traditional dance from our very own village. Gordon Monks and Nick Trotter are kindly going to pass down that knowledge to us. It's going to be great fun, and we need to encourage friends and neighbours to come along.. All ages and abilities welcome ;)
Oakenhoof Rapper Session 2
Oh yes, exciting swashbuckling dance this Tuesday. It's our second Rapper session with Tom and Stephanie Besford. There were a few bruised thumbs last time but a real buzz, and everybody loved it, and I'm repeatedly, and excitedly, asked every week "is it Rapper this week?"
So bring it on, Rapper Session Two
The tunes we'll eventually be dancing to are here - http://cloggin.co.uk/content/rapper-set-1
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......
- See more at: http://cloggin.co.uk/content/cloggin-0#sthash.CkAGT3n1.dpuf
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 ;)