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. The next is planned for February 2021, which we will be hosting in Great Hucklow.
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.