Broadstairs Folk Week began as a celebration of English traditional dance – and there will be lots of opportunities to keep dancing at the festival in 2020.
You can dance your socks off at Broadstairs Folk Week – some of the best dance and ceilidh bands in the business come to the festival and 2020 will be no exception.
In 2020, the special Country Dancers’ programme of workshops and dances will once again be created by Dance Director, Madeleine Smith and take place in the marvellous St.Peter’s Church Hall, a ten minute walk from the Festival Campsite.
Brooke Friendly is one of the callers coming to Broadstairs Folk Week in 2020.
Brooke Friendly is an energetic, community-oriented teacher with strong programming skills whose specialties include dance choreography. She has attended dance events and music camps throughout North America, England, and, most recently, Australia.
“Brooke brings an unusual number of strong qualities to her country dance teaching. These include: her passion for dancing; her strong sense of the dance, choreography, movement style and phrasing (she is a beautiful dancer); her friendly (she is well-named) yet commanding personality; her ability to convey directions concisely and clearly; and her creativity and her sense of humour and whimsy.
To add to that, she has a strong sense of what makes for a good community, a crucial quality for country dance leaders. She makes the learning experience fun and relaxing.” (Jacqueline Schwab, country dance teacher and musician, member of the band Bare Necessities)
Brooke’s visit to Broadstairs this summer from the US of A is not to be missed!
Returning to Broadstairs is Sibby, whose repertoire of calling ranges from barn dance through ceilidh to club level and advanced – including playford, contra, Scottish and originals.
Sibby is an avid collector of dances and has over 15,000 notations in his database. His own dances are an eclectic mix of styles. Whatever the occasion, Sibby adds humour and originality to the favourite standards of the folk-dance world.
Charlotte Rich-Griffin is a folk-dance caller based in the Oxford, with experience in calling for ceilidhs and contra dances; calling for absolute beginners right through to die-hard fans. Cutting her teeth at Warwick University Folk Society, she now calls up and down the country.
Also returning in 2020 to play the all-important music is Dampier’s Round; Moira leads the band, usually on her purple fiddle or her electric Camac harp. She arranges and writes some music and is the one in charge at workshops. Peter plays guitar, bass foot pedals and sometimes flute.
Last but not least is Moonlighting: Meg, Bill, Thomas, Jane & Alan, are well known members of Momentum and Meg’n Mor’ Bands. Their leader Meg Winters is the hugely popular organiser of the Alcester Contras and certain to get the right music to lift your feet!
The Country Dance programme will take place at St.Peter’s Church Hall from Saturday 8th August to Tuesday 11th August with all-inclusive ticket for dances and workshops of £84 per adult or £119 with camping. The Festival minibus shuttle can drop dancers at the venue to save their feet for dancing – although it is only a short walk around the corner from the campsite. Also included in this ticket is the first ceilidh of the festival on Friday 7th August at the Pavilion on the Sands with Swing the Bridge and dance director Madeleine Smith calling and welcoming you to Broadstairs, and Jack’s Night on Monday 10th August in memory and celebration of the festival’s founder, Jack Hamilton.
Other dances at Broadstairs this year are the ever-popular Family lunch-time ceilidhs; a late night ceilidh with the Cock n Bull Band on Saturday 8th August; a plunge into the world of Klezmer dance and song with Fran and Flora on Wednesday 12th followed by an early evening ceilidh with the Bristol Ceilidh Quartet: Kay Anderson’s Appalachian clogging workshops; Tim Walker’s Mediaeval Dance Workshop on the afternoon of Thursday 13 August and the final Late Night ceilidh on Friday 14th with festival favourites, Banter. All of these dance events plus concerts are included in the Festival Week ticket, – £204 per adult or £259 with camping.
We hope this has whetted your appetite for a summer of dance at Broadstairs!
The full programme will be available in the Souvenir Programme, published in mid-June. You can buy one by clicking on the button at the top of this page.
The Late night ceilidhs and dances are held at the Pavilion on the Sands; this lovely venue is also home to our popular lunchtime family ceilidh and dance and music workshops.
Folk Week would not be the same without Morris sides – possibly slightly quieter, but whether they are in shows or busking around the town, come rain or shine, the Morris sides carry on regardless.If you are a morris side who is keen to perform at Folk Week – please do get in touch as soon as possible. Morris sides work hard but also have a lot of fun at the festival.
On Saturday 8th August, there’s the exciting BIG PARADE – a spectacle of sound and colour as musicians, dancers, and a host of colourful characters that leaves from Pierrremont Hall at 5.30pm and progresses down the High Street,along the seafront to the Bandstand where many of the sides dance in the Bandstand Show.