We continue to play regularly at public and private dances (for all forthcoming events see the Diary).
Every year the band, their families and friends have spent weekends away in remote locations in the north of England. For a number of years now we have been to Lockton in the North York Moors. These weekends include a ceilidh for the village which also raises money for a local project. These include workshops led by professional folk musicians.
In addition to the Lockton weekends we have also had two joint weekends with two other community bands, the Hexham Village Band and the Chorley Cakes band. The first weekend was at Waddow near Clitheroe in 2016 and the second in 2018 was at the Sill Youth Hostel in Northumberland. There were 52 attendees and workshops were led by Dave Ball, David Oliver and Jenny Shotcliff. We still hope to hold the weekend at Great Hucklow at a later date to be arranged, maybe February 2022.
The next was planned for February 2021, which to be hosted by our band in Great Hucklow. However, lockdown meant it was not to be so we held a virtual 3 band weekend via Zoom. The Great Hucklow weekend has now been rescheduled for November 2022.
We also have more occasional day workshops with selected experienced musicians and callers.
Past workshop tutors have included: Alex Wade, Joey Oliver, Robin Dunn, Brian Peters, David Oliver, Martin Dunn, Ian Stephenson, Cath James, Emily Ball, Carolyn Francis, Jenny Coxon and Paul Walker, Sophy Ball, 'Quercus' from Lancaster, Tim Walker, and Michael Jary.
For the future we will be looking out for more great tunes, arranging and re-arranging dance sets, and generally exploring the noble art of playing music for dancers.