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Balfolk: French and Breton Dance Night

Thursday 25 Nov 8pm–10pm, 2021


Prices per person:

  • Dance: £5
  • Sorry too late to book for dinner!

In addition you want to stay the night do call us in advance.

  • B&B £40 - please contact us if you would like to book accommodation.

Please note that meal and accommodation bookings must be made in advance.

We ask that ALL visitors to take a lateral flow test before attending the event.

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), Richard Heacock (violin) and Chris Green (guitar).

Join us for dancing from 8pm. B&B also available.

The Team

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.

Chris Green (Guitar) is one half of Green-Matthews. Chris began playing guitar at the age of eight and plays most things with fretted strings or keys. Largely self-taught, he’s worked in a variety of musical genres including folk, theatre and early music. He’s a regular musician at Shakespeare’s Globe and one of the musicians on BBC’s Poldark series. He is a writer and composer having adapted The Wind in the Willows (2017) for GreenMatthews as well as A Christmas Carol: In Concert (2018). He has also recently released his first solo album Switched-On Playford, which fuses 17th-century dance music with electronica, using a blend of early instruments, synths and loops. He’s also working on a new live score for the 1922 silent film Nosferatu. www.chrisgreenmusic.co.uk