A popular winter break of folk dancing, music and fun for all abilities, led by a friendly and experienced team who’ll make sure you have an enjoyable stay!
“A friendly relaxed atmosphere, and lots to do – for me, a perfect Winter ‘pick-me-up'” Participant
There will be music workshops every day led by our Musicians in Residence for the week, Moira and Peter Gutteridge. At the same time, for those not playing, (and at other times of the day), there will be an opportunity to try out various crafts under the expert guidance of Pat Morse.
Madeleine Smith and Ted Morse will be leading the social dancing and there will be other activities some chosen from including Clog dancing, Longsword, Rapper, Handbell ringing, Maypole and even Try a harp!
Madeleine will lead us one evening in a “Playford Ball” and if you like to dress up please come with appropriate clothing. Burns Night is close enough for us to celebrate it so one evening will have a Scottish flavour and if you can muster a little tartan to help with the atmosphere so much the better!
There will be at least one session where callers and aspiring callers will have the opportunity of working with the band- help will be on hand to help those new to calling who want to have a go.
Our last evening will be a ceilidh and offers of “turns” will be gratefully received.
Who’s it For?
Everyone! The week offers a varied programme including folk dance, music and song, and all levels of experience are welcome to come and join a fun and sociable winter folk break. Bring instruments if you have them and would like to play.
Ted & Pat Morse are well known to visitors to Halsway, as ever-popular hosts and tutors. Ted plays accordion, percussion and tuba, and teaches Morris, sword and country dance – always with an emphasis on enjoyment and getting everyone invoved! With Pat (who will be offering craft workshops), he’ll be hosting the week and making sure that everyone can get the most from their stay.
Madeleine Smith is a knowledgeable and experienced caller, who is passionate about getting people dancing. From ceilidh to clogging, she teaches a variety of styles and is keen to help and encourage dancers to develop their dancing, and not to just focus on learning ‘the figures’. She also sings and plays recorder, piano and celtic harp, so expect her to feature in music workshops too!
Moira and Peter Gutteridge are two-thirds of Worcester-based dance band Dampiers’ Round. They will be leading music workshops as well as playing for dancing. Multi-instrumentalists both, between them they play fiddle, harp, guitars, mandolin and flute (and probably more besides). They lead a popular ‘Arranging for Folk Musicians‘ course here at Halsway – together with Madeleine – and enjoy helping players of all instruments and abilities to discover and develop their skills playing together in mixed-instrument ensembles.