Emma, who’s playing bodhran in the session, brought her brother, Matthew Kitchen, along and he kindly took these photo’s of the French and early music session on 22nd June at the Beverley Folk Festival – thanks Matthew!
We did a workshop/session on French and early music on Sunday morning at Beverley Folk Festival. We had recorders, accordion, percussion and fiddle with Quentin on gurdy and pipes and me on shawm, we ran through Bear Dance, Branle l’Offical and the old favourite Horses Brawl then we did some French bourrées, a Morvan bourrée and Tricotada.
The session was full and we hopefully passed on some ideas and new tunes to those that went.
To finish with, John aired one of his own compositions (composed in France) and people spontaneously got up to dance – always a sign of a good tune!
A few of us went to Les Panards Dansants yesterday which was part of a weekend of French Traditional Music and Dance in Otley, near Leeds. We have a ceilidh next May, in Hessle, which involves a weekend of people from Hessle’s twin town of Bourg de Thizy, France, visiting. So it would be nice to play them some French music and do some French dancing as well as traditional English music and dance.
We have been playing some French traditional music recently as two of the band members have houses in France and have books of french music which are really interesting to play. You can definitely hear the tunes that are perfect for hurdy-gurdy!