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March 2021

Talk – Morris Music – a history – Taborers Society (LIVE on Zoom)

Saturday 6 March @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Morris Music - a History - or "Whatever did the old dead guys ever do for us?" A talk by Stephen Rowley on the history of morris music, followed by a discussion chaired by Andy Richards including how to obtain tabor pipes for anyone wanting to learn. Click on the link below to book a place and you will be sent a Zoom link to access the event.

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Workshops – Clog Stepping for Intermediate – Melanie Barber (LIVE on Zoom)

Sunday 7 March @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Three's a Crowd

2 consecutive workshops on 7th & 14th March. Melanie Barber will teach the Whitby Toesday Waltz for Intermediates, comprising of ten steps, which she wrote for the Whitby Folk Week Community Facebook Group in 2016.  As it's an intermediate workshop, participants should have a good basic knowledge of clog techniques such as shuffles, swanees and crunches. A series of two 1.5 hour teaching sessions (over Zoom) to build to the performance of a clog stepping routine. Click on the link below to book a place and you will be sent a Zoom link to access the event.

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Talk – Sussex Bonfires – Keith & Heather Leech (LIVE on Zoom)

Sunday 7 March @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Sussex Bonfire

Keith Leech will talk about the history of Sussex Bonfires and why they are so big in the county compared with elsewhere. There will be time for Q&A. Keith is a Founder of the Hastings Borough Bonfire Society and a member of the Sussex Bonfire Council. Click on the link below to book a place and you will be sent a Zoom link to access the event.

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Talk – Clogs in Britain & Beyond – Michael Jackson (LIVE on Zoom)

Saturday 13 March @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Clogs in Britain and Beyond

Michael Jackson will briefly cover the history of clog making in Britain.  He will consider European influences on British clogs, and vice versa, as well as comments of wooden footwear around the world. Heritage clogs and wooden shoes, and clog-making tools, will be used to illustrate the talk, plus photographs and other old pictures. Click on the link below to book a place and you will be sent a Zoom link to access the event.

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Workshop – Fiddle Playing for Morris – Sarah Matthews (LIVE on Zoom)

Sunday 14 March @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Sarah Matthews

Sarah will go through a selection of well known and loved morris dance tunes of different styles and traditions, and talk through some of her thoughts and ideas on how to give life to these ancient pieces. Ideas to be covered / discussed / developed: speed of the tune; relationship of the music with the dancer(s); use of the bow in order to achieve lift, space, energy, drive; use of ornamentation; use of double stringing. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Click on the link below to book a place and you will be sent a Zoom link to access the event.

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