The culmination of our French Dance Week at Halsway; the team invite you to a public Bal, hosted by Peter Clifton with music from Yannick Minvielle-Debat (singing) Dave Faulkner (bagpipes) and Richard Heacock (violin).
Arrive for dinner at 6.30pm if you wish (must be booked in advance) or join us for dancing from 8pm. B&B also available.
Peter Clifton is an expert tutor of French and Breton Dance, and teaches regularly at the French Dance Stroud monthly events. He has also run workshops at Pentreffest, European music and dance festival (Kinnersley), Shrewsbury folk festival and the Festival des Panards.
Yannick Minvielle-Debat ’s involvement in traditional French and Breton music ranges from singing for dancing in a band, The Wizards of Noz and in a duo with an accordionist, Steve Turner, organising an annual French music festival in Todmorden, teaching Breton call and response songs to running dance workshops for all abilities and ages. She also plays the hurdy-gurdy to the great despair of her husband! Born in France, Yannick now lives in Keighley, Yorkshire within earshot of the heritage railway line featured in the Railway Children. www.frenchdanceschools.org.uk
Richard Heacock (violin) began playing for folk dance with The Vale Islanders Playford group and Icknield Way Morris. He later joined English traditional group Boldwood, and produced their first CD “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.” He discovered French and Breton dance music in 2004 and played in a duo with accordionist Becky Price at Kinnersley, Horsley and Ide. He currently plays in Breton trio The Andro Sisters, and with Paul Hutchinson. Richard is a frequent visitor to Halsway, and has taught and played on the Playing Playford, French Dance and Poldark Dance courses.
David Faulkner (bagpipes) has been playing pipes for over 25 years with groups such as the Eel Grinders and Jon Swayne’s Zephyrus, and performs regularly as a duet with accordionist Steve Turner. He is highly experienced in playing for both English and French dance traditions, and also calls for and leads workshops in traditional French dance. He has toured in Europe, Canada and America. He works extensively as a music educator, and has led many pipe courses in the UK (including Halsway) and abroad as well as working as a community musician for nearly 20 years.