Workshop – Virtual Ceilidh Calling Masterclass
In these times of no proper ceilidhs, callers have the time and the chance to hone their skills for the new normal – the Zoom Ceilidh!
Fee Lock & Martyn Harvey – two top callers – one southern and one northern, one woman & one man, and both morris dancers. They’re combining to give tips & warnings, dance ideas & technical advice and their individual suggestions for some things that don’t often get talked about! There will be plenty of time for Q&A. And a tea/coffee/bar break too.
We will cover adapting your ceilidh dances and calling for Zoom (or other video conferencing software), and the technical challenges:
1. Good/bad calling
2. Adjusting dances to suit a Zoom/virtual audience
3. The dreaded time lag
4. Working with a new band
5. Where to choose to film
6. Payment & tax
Fee Lock (Hastings, Sussex) – Fee Lock spices up her unerring eye for what the dance floor wants by pogo-ing up and down between cut-glass enunciations. Favourite after danceable favourite spiked with unusual new dances make for an entertaining evening. Fee works closely with the band in advance of each gig, often travelling the length and breadth of the country to hear them play. This exceptionally tight planning leads directly to fabulously feels-good, feels-right music for each dance. Do not miss.
Martyn Harvey (Kendal, Cumbria) – Martyn’s one of those lucky callers who’s steeped in years of dance experience. Best calling practice from the likes of Hugh Ripon, John Lagden and Tom Cook. Technically his calling is very sound and he manages to get dancers through dances they didn’t even think that they could manage. He always keeps an eye on the dancers and is quick to capitalise on any opportunity to get people laughing. And he wears a black hat.
Please complete this online form: Register for the Workshop – Virtual Ceilidh Calling Masterclass; you will receive a confirmation email immediately (check your spam/junk/promotions folder!). We will send you a Zoom link a couple of days before the event. Open to all – you don’t have to be a member of a team in The Morris Federation.
If you enjoy this event, then it would be wonderful if you could send a donation, small or large, to either or both of:
– Fee’s choice: Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green
– Martyn’s choice: Great North Air Ambulance