Saturday, 29 December 2012

Happy New Cornish Dancing Year!

Bledhen Nowydh Da! Happy New Year!

Saturday January 5th is a BIG day for Cornish music and dancing!

A spot of FUN FIT EXERCISE in the morning to work off a few festive calories at the first Sparking Saturdays Cornish Dance Workshop of 2013, and in the evening, a choice of 'Degol Stul' at Heartlands, Pool or Corncrow at Looe Folk and Acoustic Club!

Sparking Saturdays Cornish Dance Workshop - 10-12 noon

Liskerrett Centre, Liskeard

A chance to pick up a selection of simple Cornish social dances in time for the evening's 'Degol Stul' - furrys, serpents, circular & couple dances. No partner required: wear comfortable clothes & shoes for dancing. 

10:00 - 10:45 - Beginners / refreshers - simple Cornish social dances
11:00 - 11:45 - Intermediates / advanced - Cornish set & step dances

Bring scoots/hard shoes to try out a step dance or two in the 2nd half.

Family friendly - all over 14 welcome, or 10 plus if accompanied by a participating adult.

£4.00 (under 18's £2)

Degol Stul - Twelfth Night - 6pm-11pm

Chi an Bobel, Heartlands, Pool

'Big Nos' presents over Twelve Bands for Twelfth Night in a celebration of Cornish 'Nos Lowen' dancing from 6pm at Chi an Bobel, Heartlands, Pool.  Tickets £8/£6 on door (u11's free) with food availble.  Info on 01209 31 32 33 or

A perfect opportunity to try out some of the dances learnt at the Sparking Saturdays Cornish Dance Workshop in the morning, and pick up a few new ones!

And a chance to pick up a copy of the new Howl ha Loer Nos Lowen Dancebook by Ian Bruce & Jaz Hicks:
Howl ha Loer Nos Lowen Dancebook by Ian Bruce & Jaz Hicks

Corncrow at Looe Folk and Acoustic Club - 8pm-11pm

The Jolly Sailor Inn, Princes Square, Looe PL13 2ER

Corncrow's first performance of 2013.  The duo play mainly traditional songs and tunes in a distinctive style which is informed both by Cornwall’s enduring musical traditions and it’s prevailing folknik spirit.

Kim Guy sings, and plays guitar & recorders, and Steve Hunt sings, and plays guitar & bouzouki. Their music features on several UK folk compilation albums, and their own mini-album CD, Sweet Nightingale.

"I reckon they’re going to go places, because I really like their stuff!" Mike Harding. BBC Radio 2

More info here.

Two fine choices for the evening in two different parts of Cornwall, both guaranteed to have you smiling, singing, and either tapping your toes, or stomping your feet!

Enjoy :D

Monday, 24 December 2012

Nadelik Lowen!

Nadelik Lowen onen hag oll! Merry Christmas one and all!

Wishing you all a Sparkling Christmas 2012!

Here's to much Cornish dancing, music & merriment in 2013!

Card created by Celia Lister - Calligraphy and Lettering Art

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Mr Martin's Reel

Here's a great challenge dance between the musicians and dancers - Mr Martin's Reel.

Collected from Mr Hedly Martin of Morval near Looe back in 1980, and often danced in the kitchens on slate floors at family parties.

The dancers form a circle, with hands placed on the shoulders of the person on either side of them (if this is difficult for individuals, or if it makes it easier for the dance, holding hands, or across the forearms also works).

Nos Lowen with Dalla at Liskerrett Centre - Mr Martin's Reel
Shuffle to the right for seven (onan, dew, tri, peswar, pymp, hwegh, seyth), stank-stank, to the left for seven, stank-stank, to the right for three (onan, dew, tri), stank-stank, to the left for three, stank-stank, to the right for two (onan, dew), to the left for two, right for two and left for one and stank-stank.  Repeat in time to the ever-increasing speed of the music!

Perfect for small people and big people, and a fine way to learn some Cornish counting and stamping too!

Here's a clip of this with some big people who spoke little English, and no Cornish at Lorient Interceltique Festival with Dalla...

And here's another clip of lots of big people dancing this in multiple circles (fun tip...once you feel comfortable going in the usual direction of right first, try going left first instead in your circle... it'll confuse a few people at first...looks great from the outside!):

The tune is the King of Sweden (Mygherten Sweden), and you can find the dots in Fooch here.

Cornish band, Dalla, have a great recording of this tune on the Rooz CD, available from Kesson, the Cornish Music Portal or CD Baby.

The full story of Mr Martin's Reel is on the an-daras portal, where you'll find oodles more Cornish folk art stuff!

Happy Cornish Dancing :D