COVID-19 Note: Our regular Folk Music & Dance Weekend has had a little edit for 2020 in view of COVID-19. Sadly we won’t be catering for dancing this time, but musicians can enjoy a long weekend with David Bradley exploring playing for dancing, and Dorothy Seedhouse will expand her usual provision to provide a weekend of straw craft suitable for all to enjoy. Click here for Halsway’s COVID-19 Guidance for your visit.
Musicians, led by David Bradley, will enjoy a relaxing weekend exploring playing music for dancing – both Playford style and Contra. The focus will be on playing as a band, and performing tunes in an interesting and danceable fashion. Players of all instruments are welcome (though some tunes will be outside the keys of G & D). You will need to be able to read music (this is sent out in advance of the weekend).
Straw for All is a weekend of straw craft led by Dorothy Seedhouse.
Do you remember corn dolly making? It was very popular at one time but now you don’t often hear about it. There are still some skilled enthusiasts keeping the traditional alive and enjoying all the different ways you can use natural straw for craft work. Why not come along and try your hand? Plaiting straw to make traditional corndollies or straw hats is easy to learn and can produce stars and Christmas tree decorations too. Marquetry, with natural gold or dyed straw, can produce lovely Christmas cards as well as pictures. Plain boxes or frames can be transformed into truly personalised gifts.
Who’s it For?
Music: Players of any instrument who can read music. If in doubt contact David via the Manor.
Straw craft: Workshops are designed to be fun for both beginners and those with some experience, offering the chance to learn something new and to develop existing skills.
David Bradley is an experienced musician and band leader in the field of folk dance, folk festivals, folk holidays and barn dancing. His current bands are Narrow Escape and Ad Hoc, having previously run Mixolydians for about 40 years. He has played for many top callers from Pat Shaw to Geoff Cubitt. His main instruments are accordion and piano.
Dorothy Seedhouse was introduced to straw work by Eric Walton at a folk camp nearly 20 years ago. She left at the end of camp with an armful of spare straw and the loan of a textbook. Since then she has explored most aspects of straw work and passes on her love of the craft by teaching and demonstrating. She is co-editor of a magazine – The Corn Dolly Newsletter – and has been the secretary of the Guild of Straw Craftsmen for some years.