As part of our Clog and Percussive Dance Weekend, there’s a pretty unusual and special tutor’s concert promised, with dancer/musicians Hannah James (Jig Doll) & Nicola Lyons (4Square), joined by Indian tabla player & percussionist Manjeet Rasiya!
Hannah James (Lady Maisery) is a rarity in folk music – a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. She has been causing a stir across the folk scene – in all the right ways – with her ground breaking project JigDoll, which combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way.
Nicola Lyons is a dancer and fiddle player who began her folk career with the Fosbrooks in Stockport, where from an early age she learned to clog dance in addition to playing both classical violin and folk fiddle. Nicola was a dancer with The Demon Barbers for several years, performing at many of the major UK folk festivals as well as taking part in their acclaimed folk and hip-hop dance show, ‘Time Gentlemen Please’. She is currently a member of alternative folk quartet 4Square who have appeared at festivals in the UK and Europe, including Fairport’s 2009 Cropredy Convention, before an audience of 20,000.
Manjeet Singh Rasiya (Tabla) is widely recognised as one of the UK’s finest & foremost Indian percussionists. He has used his flair and creative innovative rhythms with Latin and Afro-Cuban drumming. He has worked, recorded & toured with renowned musicians from India and elsewhere including the late legends Shri Jajit Singh, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pepe Habichuela, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, Marian Faithful, Sir Andrew Llyod Webber to name a few as well as taking part in collaborative work on the World Music stage.
Manjeet has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, at Highgrove for HRH The Prince Of Wales, for the Indian Ambassador in Sweden, the Indian High Commission & for Sir Elton John.
Manjeet has also appeared on The Jools Holland Show and performed percussion arrangements for films including “Bride and Prejudice” and “Alexander The Great”, for the West End musical, “Bombay Dreams” and “Rafta Rafta” at the National Theatre.