Hosted by Meg Winters, an all-calling, all-playing, all-dancing week for callers, musicians and dancers to enjoy an Autumn break at Halsway!
Workshops in dance and music take place every morning, with a callers’ workshop every afternoon; you are welcome – and encouraged – to move between workshops!
Each afternoon there is an informal tea dance to give you the chance to try out your skills, by playing in the band or calling a dance or two – or you can simply enjoy the dancing!
Evening dances will include Ted Morse and Audacious on Monday evening, selected callers from the group plus Meg ‘n’ Mor on Tuesday, a concert form Audacious followed by a dance with Ted and Meg ‘n’ Mor on Wednesday, with a farewell dance on Thursday night, played by Audacious and with Ted at al calling!
A packed dance week with an outstanding team, to develop your skills and enjoy your dancing!
Who’s it For?
Callers, musicians and dancers of all levels of experience – if you love folk dance and want to develop your skills – in whichever area – then this enjoyable week is for you! Support will be on offer for those just starting out, while there will be plenty of opportunity for those with more experience to stretch themselves.
Larry Unger & Audrey Knuth – Audacious (USA): Guitar and banjo player Larry Unger and fiddler Audrey Knuth are a Boston based traditional duo who play exhilarating tunes with driving rhythms. Their concerts feature American and Celtic tunes with elements of other traditions including swing and blues. They also draw from Larry’s catalog of original fiddle tunes, which have been featured in several of Ken Burns’ documentaries. Declared a “guitar genius” by Sing Out Magazine, Larry Unger joins fiddler Audrey Knuth for an unforgettable event.
Ted Morse: Ted began dancing with the Oxford Morris Men and Oxford City Folk Dance Club when he was 17, started calling and running barn dances at 19, and has barely paused since! Ted plays accordion, percussion and tuba, is an experienced band leader, teaches Morris, Sword and Country dancing (and more!) and is a regular tutor at Halsway Manor.
Meg’n’Mor: Born out of a previous Halsway residential organised by Meg and named in her honour! Meg’n’Mor combines the highly experienced dance musicians Meg Winters from Momentum on guitar, Heather Bexon from Stowfolk on accordion, and Jane Harrison who formerly played in Alterations on fiddle. Their repertoire, enriched by all three being expert dancers immersed in folk music from an early age, ranges from 1650s English tunes to modern tunes for Contra dancing with strong northern influences as well as Heather’s own compositions.