Folk Dance Festival Launch Barn Dance

Folk Dance Festival Launch Barn Dance

Postby Gavin Skinner » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:03 pm

Folk Dance Festival Launch

Barn Dance

The Brewery Band with caller Phil Bassindale
Avon Gorge Room, University of Bristol Students' Union
Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LN

Monday 18th October at 8pm

£6 full price / £4 students and concessions

Tickets will be available from the Union Shop and from the IVFDF Bristol 2011 Freshers Stall in the Anson Rooms at the UBU on 7/8 October and include a raffle for free Butcombe Beer.

It's time to dance. On Monday 18th October 2010, head up to the Avon Gorge Room on the 5th floor of the Students' Union for a barn dance with top local ceilidh stars, The Brewery Band, with caller Phil Bassindale. If you've been to a folk festival before, you may have already experienced the fun of a massed high-energy folk dance with people who are hopping, ranting and swinging around together to loud traditional music. Never been to one before? It doesn't matter. Barn Dances, or Ceilidhs (normally pronounced 'kay-lees') always have a 'caller' who describes how each dance works, so anybody with little or no experience can normally get up to speed and learn lots of new dances throughout the event, and meet dozens of other like-minded folk.

The barn dance is being supported by Rag Morris and Folk Club. Rag Morris are the University of Bristol's mixed morris dance side; they take their name from the colourful ragged shirts they wear while they're performing traditional dances from the Cotswold hills, at events around Bristol and across the country. Rag Morris will be performing with their uniquely energetic shambolic precision at the interval spot in the middle of the barn dance. Did you hear that morris dancing is dying out? Not here it isn't! Rag Morris are one of the most active and best-supported university morris sides in the country. They practice every Thursday in the UBU, and all are welcome to pop along to find out more and try it out. Bristol University Folk Club meet almost every Monday evening at the Ship Inn on Lower Park Row for a folk music and song session. If you'd like to join in, bring your instruments, your voice or just turn up and listen, but take your fingers out of your ears!

This event is a curtain-raiser for a whole weekend of dancing which will be happening in Bristol next year, and you're invited.

The Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival is the UK's national student folk festival, and the country's longest running folk festival. IVFDF has been held at a different university each year since the first one in Leeds in 1951; in 2011 it returns to Bristol for the first time since 1957, to celebrate the festival's 60th Anniversary. Although it's aimed at students, it has become one of the most eagerly-anticipated annual folk dance events in the country for energetic dancers of all backgrounds. The festival is run by and for members of university folk dance clubs from across the nation, but there is an open invitation to everyone, whether student or non-student, dance enthusiast or beginner, to meet up somewhere different once a year and enjoy a packed weekend of music and dancing, ceilidhs, workshops, sessions, dance displays, a morris tour around the city streets and more!

Artists booked for the festival include top folk dance bands Tickled Pink, Trinculo, The Molecatchers, The Bristol Players and the Dalriada Scottish Country Dance Band. The festival will be based at the University of Bristol Union in Queen's Road, Clifton and will take place from the 25th to the 27th of February 2011. The festival is being organised by members of the University of Bristol's Rag Morris and Folk Club, Nonesuch Morris and Bristol Morris Men. Tickets will be available soon through the festival website.

Festival Sponsors for IVFDF Bristol 2011 include Butcombe Brewery, the University of Bristol Alumni Foundation and the English Folk Dance and Song Society; media sponsors are fRoots Magazine; and the Scottish Dance will be supported by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
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