SATURDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2021
Workshop 1 – Musique d’ensemble, all instruments – Toon Van Mierlo
Welcome to this online course about playing together. Of course, we would have loved to play “live”, but we will try to make good and interesting alternatives. It is hard to play “online” together so the course will be about arranging folk tunes, variations, make the swing be tight and right and other valuable info. We will also play lots of music, but you will play along with me, rather than all together, because we will have some internet issues otherwise. So, get ready for a more abstract approach of playing together!
Workshop 2 – Singing Workshop – Jeanne Lemoine
During this workshop, Jeanne will teach 2 songs in French from the Haute-Bretagne region, one to dance to. You will learn to link song and body (in movement or not), to serve both the tale and the dance. In this journey, you will explore some ornamentations or variations.
As the workshop is only for one hour, it is recommended to familiarise yourselves with the documents provided and the tune before the day of the workshop.
Workshop 3 Hurdy Gurdy for Beginners– Quentin Budworth
In the beginners’ session, we’ll look at different types of traditional dance tunes from the Les Panards’ repertory and working out lovely ways to play them using different techniques, rhythms dynamics and phrasing.
For more advanced players, we will look at the playing from a slightly different perspective, and we’ll be asking questions like: what do the tunes offer us in terms of being able to use them as the basis for improvisation and variation, to make our playing more interesting and exciting for the dancers, and also for the people that are listening to us. Often after two repeats, tunes can start to get dull on the ear, so we’ll be looking at ways to keep the music fresh, and have fun as well whilst we’re playing.
Workshop 4 – Breton Dances – Peter Clifton
In the workshop Peter will cover a selection of dances from the following:
Laridé, Ridée de Josselin,Avant Deux de Travers, (stepping and couple parts), Kas a Barh and Suite Kef. The workshop will cover basic steps, dance technique and dynamics.
Most learned from Yves Leblanc, who commented on the different variations of the Kas a Barh, listed on his tapes as Basse Bretagne.
The Laridé will use arm movements as taught by Solenn Boennec.
Workshop 5 – Breton music for all instruments – Mike James
Mike has been teaching the diatonic accordion for over forty years, in regular lessons or in special workshops, as well as Breton or Welsh music workshops for all instruments. His aim is where possible to privilege the accompaniment of the dance to reflect the local styles, to bring the playing and the piece to life, through variation, decoration, and an approach that highlights the chords, the accentuation of the dance and, where appropriate, the song. Mike plays on a three row A/D/G diatonic accordion by Castagnari, or a 2 1/2 row classic Hohner from the 1930s in G/C.
Mike will teach a Kas ha barh suite, lovely melodies and as a tribute to our dear friend Yves Leblanc.
This workshop is open to all instruments. The music will be available before the day.
Workshop 6 – Melodeon Workshop – Pascale Rubens
12.30pm-2pm – Preferably for G/C instruments
The melodeon is a rich and limitless instrument with which one can play thousands of tunes, but it is also the prefect accompanying instrument.
During this workshop you will discover the worls of accompanying for dancing, where the chords are, what are the different rythmic options, how to accompany a Chapelloise dance…
We will start from a simple melody which will be available 3 weeks before to then discover its accompaniment.
Workshop 7 – Hurdy Gurdy for Advanced Players – Quentin Budworth
For more advanced players, we will be looking at the playing from a slightly different perspective, and we’ll be asking the question like what do the tunes offer us in terms of being able to use them as the basis for improvisation and variation, to make our playing more interesting and exciting for the dancers, and also for the people that are listening to us. Often after two repeats, tunes can start to get dull on the ear so we’ll be looking at ways to keep the music fresh, and have fun as well whilst we’re playing.
Workshop 8 – Scottish Variations dance workshop – Koen Dhondt
Dancing on musical patterns in scottish : off beat / back beat, syncopation, solo / improvisation…
Are you curious about frequent musical patterns in folk music, and more specifically in scottish? Ready to explore their impact on your way of dancing? Not afraid to and learn to improvise on the music? Then sign up for this workshop! No partner, dance experience nor musical knowledge required.
- Musicality in scottish: dance variations in connection with the music.
- Info and tips to understand folk music: structure, rhythms, melodies, bars, beats, solo / improvisations…
- Listening exercises: Which musical element appears in this song? At what moment does it occur? And how can I predict when it will appear again?
- How to improvise your own variations in connection with the music, during the dance?
Workshop 9 – Fiddle workshop – Mark Prescott
Accessible for all levels of players
Mark will teach by ear and from written manuscript of the tunes, which will be selected from his extensive bal folk repertoire. Mark is an expereinced workshop leader and bal folk performer, having played major festivals across Europe, most recently with Philippe Plard and with his duo Deux Sans Frontières. Depending on the level of students Mark will adapt the focus to include guidance or performance and playing for dance.
Workshop 10 – Melodeon workshop Breton style – Jeanne Lemoine
During this workshop 2 tunes typically for melodeon from Haute-Bretagne will be taught Through these, you will study some favourite techniques of the traditional bouèzous (accordionists) from the North of the Ille-et-Vilaine department.
Since one of the tunes use the “croisé” technique, it is strongly advised to use a 2 rows instrument such as G/C, A/D, D/G even Eb/Bb.
Also, since the workshop is one hour long, it is recommended to familiarise yourselves with the workshop documentation which can be found on the website and to know the tune before the workshop.
Workshop 11 – Bagpipe workshop -Dave Faulkner
Putting the accent into your playing!
Workshop for G bagpipe with an extended range.
We will look at a couple of scottishes by Gregory Jolivet. Looking at how we can make them sound right and the technique we will need to play them. You will need to play a high B and a low Bb.
David has been playing pipes for over 30 years. He plays with Zephyrus, the Eel Grinders, solo, and duets with Steve Turner.
David has much experience in leading pipe workshops and has worked at many festivals across Britain and Europe.
Workshop 12 – Dances from South-West France – Rondeaux and Sauts Béarnais – Jessica Abrahams
Rondeaux of Gascony fall into two broad families – those from the Petites Landes are danced in couples in a cortège and those from the Grandes Landes are danced in small teams, usually not more than 5 people in a ‘chain’. However, for both forms, specific steps need to be learned and they can be also be danced solo very enjoyably.
Sauts béarnais are danced as individuals in a group, there is no partner and also no actual physical contact with other dancers (although of course there is always a group connection) – so these are particularly good to work on solo. The dances are thought to be very old and the footwork is reminiscent of an archaic form of ballet, stringing together a variety of steps which first need to be learned so that one has the vocabulary of basic elements which make up the dances. Sometimes a dance leader will call the steps out just before they happen in the music, so that if you have the basics, a sharp ear and quick reflexes, you can join in without knowing the dance in advance.
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