We continue to play regularly at public and private dances (for all forthcoming events see the Diary). Hopefully we'll play at some more Folk Festivals in the not-too-distant future - festival organisers please note!
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. There have also been workshops lead by professional folk musicians. In addition to the Lockton weekends we have also had a joint weekend 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 a further weekend is planned for November 2018 at the Sill Youth Hostel in Northumberland.
We hope to organise more of these weekends away, and also to 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.