Come and enjoy the Christmas celebrations at Halsway Manor! We’ll be cooking-up a fine feast of festive delights with plenty to keep you entertained.
We’re planning another glorious Christmas party at the Manor. 2021 was such fun! As well as a lot of dancing, some singing, some playing, we had elves in the grotto and puzzles in the bar. We learnt new Morris dance skills, French couple dancing, with many lovely performances in the bar, and the jig dolls were reunited. All this plus the wonderful food and drink throughout.
The team this time will be Lynne Render as our dance caller and teacher, Linda Game and Hannah Cumming as part of the band and leading the singing and instrument workshops. Gareth Kiddier will host the event, and play in the band. As ever, we love to include your skills and talents if you so wish, especially in the bar sessions in the evening.
So expect enjoyable and varied folk activities – music, dancing, singing, quizzes, crafts, informal performances (bring your party-piece!) and general merry-making. Plus great food, roaring log fires and convivial company. Bring your instruments, dancing shoes, and walking boots too if you fancy a stroll, and prepare for a very Merry folk Christmas!
Who’s it For?
Everyone who would like to have fun at Christmas!
Host Gareth Kiddier with Lynne Render as our dance caller and teacher, Linda Game and Hannah Cumming as part of the band and leading the singing and instrument workshops.
Gareth Kiddier (piano) has been playing on the folk dance scene for in excess of 15 years and is a passionate dancer, all of which shows in his driving rhythmical support of the dance tunes using well considered harmonic chords. When not with ECDB, he may be heard playing most weekends of the year with PolkaWorks and other occasional line-ups.
Linda Game (fiddle) has been playing folk based music for over 20 years since she escaped from the Classical world! In addition to being fluent in a number of styles she is able to take tunes into another dimension with her stunning improvisational ability and rhythmic sense, making her a particularly exciting dance musician! Over the years she has worked with the American Appalachian dance team Broken Ankles and pursued other American styles – Cajun, Texas swing, Old Time – with the band The Kitchen Girls. In addition to other projects she currently plays with The Fold, a Brighton based, international Folk Rock band, and until very recently with the acclaimed contemporary folk trio Zoox (who have now decided to go their separate ways).
Hannah Cumming (fiddle) began playing the fiddle at the age of 12, and her love of folk music spiralled as soon as she could play it. She recorded her first folk CD at the tender age of 13 as a duet with her brother Alex, before starting a ceilidh band together with Alex and pals Jon and Penny Dyer; ‘Dyer:Cumming’s’ are still going strong today! Hannah currently performs as a solo singer/musician, and with bands Dyer: Cumming’s, and the Klezbians – a 12-piece klezmer band born out of a love of Jewish Gypsy music discovered while studying music at Falmouth University.
Lynne Render, will be your caller for this years celebration. Lynne has been dancing most of her life and calling for nearly 30 years. She is based in Loughborough but calls for dances, ceilidhs and workshops at clubs and festivals throughout the country. Her particular interest is American but she calls both American and English styles and is always on the lookout for good dances. She firmly believes that a clear explanation will enable less-experienced dancers to join in. During Covid she began writing dances for people dancing at Zoom events. Although this is no substitute for live dancing they were well-received and hopefully gave people enjoyment at the time. Lynne enjoys dancing herself and still loves to watch Appalachian clogging although no longer joining in!