As part of our Clog and Percussive Dance Weekend, there’s a pretty unusual and special tutor’s concert promised!
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.
JigDoll is a project that’s constantly evolving; we don’t know for sure, but Hannah may be using tonight’s performance as a platform to try some new material…
“JigDoll brings to the scene a fresh, hyp- notic and invigorating experience, fusing the old and the new to create something which, while authentically personal, is to be seen as but a staging post in a life of perpetual wide- eyed adventure.” – Froots Magazine
Fellow Clog and Percussive Dance Weekend tutors Nicola Lyons & Jim Molyneux will also contribute spots to the evening:
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.
Jim Molyneux studied at Chetham’s School of Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is the co-founder of 4Square (with Nicola) and also a member of the “genre-busting cinematic folk septet” The Fair Rain (formerly The Old Dance School). In 2008 Jim made it to the Grand Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, televised on BBC2 to 1.1 million viewers!