A fun and informal ceilidh – all members of the public, whether experience folk dancers or not, are welcome to join participants in the Halsway Folk Taster Weekend for this informal dance event.
The Ceilidh will be lead by tutors Jenny Read – an experienced folk dancer, musician, teacher and performer who loves getting people up and dancing, and discovering that they can do more than they expect!
Ed Rennie – a founder member of the Devon Squeezebox Foundation who is passionate about helping people get started – and keep going! He has published a number of tutorial books and CDs, runs beginners workshops at venues including Halsway Manor and festivals including Sidmouth Folk Week.
Matt Norman works with all aspects of traditional English music as a performer and teacher. His relaxed and friendly style puts participants at their ease. Matt performs in two bands: Gadarene combines 17th and 18th Century English tunes with modern dance beats; The Bristol Ceilidh Quartet plays for social dances. Both bands have performed at folk festivals and events across the UK. Matt is also a solo performer playing mandolin, fiddle and piano, for dance and also on stage.
Harper and singer, Steph West fell in love with the clarsach/folk harp while at university. She currently plays with her European bal / swing band Midnight Patisserie and her singer-songwriter duo with drummer Paul Radmeyer. Steph is currently working on English trad repertoire for the harp, bringing out a book in 2019.