Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Scoot Lyskerrys & Kescana at Lowender Peran 2014

Keslowena oll! Congratulations all!

After a series of five "Kan ha Dons" Cornish dance workshops in the Liskerrett Centre to pull together a set for the FEAST funded "Kan ha Dons" project, plus a couple of street dancing spots, eleven Scoot Lyskerrys dancers and four musicians were able to make it over to Perranporth to perform at Lowender Peran:

Top row: Sally, Jaqi, Carmen, Pauline, Anna; Middle row: Ros, Anne
Bottom row: Carlton, Jerry, Norman, Mike, Janet, Peter, Anita 
And here we are with our wonderful singing chums, Kescana:

Here's a few pics of the dancing Old Hand-in-Hand to warm up after a Nine Brave Boys serpent dance...

Newlyn Fisherman's Reel...looks like we may have acquired a new musician for next season...

Our street-dancing chums, Hevva with a wonderful Cornish set dance; Hevva represented Cornwall at this year's Lorient Interceltic Festival...

"Can we do one for the children...?" - "Of course, how about Bolingey?" And we're joined by the Bolingey Dancers in yellow. Great to see Lerryn (my original step dance teacher from back in the Asteveryn days, and now a proud mum with two gorgeous children) dancing again with sister, Demelza.

Polperro Furry, with Hevva's Ian & Jaz stepping in for us. Really proud of Jaqi & Jerry leading this one for us!  Watching in the top right hand corner are Jo & Simon Harmer, two "Southern Stepping" chums from Sidmouth, who remarked at how different the dances were compared to the standards at English festivals (no border Morris, nor Apalachian)...welcome to Lowender Peran, Cornwall's Celtic Festival by the beach!

Bolingey for all once again, this time with audience participation (including Jo & Simon!)...there's a couple of variations on this dance, always fun when groups come together from across the Duchy.

A final  pre-Kescana run-through on the grass.  The Scoot Lyskerrys musicians, Carlton, Sally & Norman were fabulous playing the tune "Oll an Gerriow" about 100 times as we finally figured out "Gwari Pymp"!

A final run-through of the set with Kescana.  Pilchard-packing for "Parra Hearn", taking a very simple "Hedley" serpent into a 2-couple set.  This was the one dance that needed 12 people at least, so big thanks to Jaz from Hevva for stepping in at the very last minute (otherwise we'd have played the alternative choreography for a half-set).

Our gorgeous singers, Kescana...same again soon, please!

Meriasek, at the pause after the quick jiggy section.

Lining up for Gwari Pymp, Game of Fives: a departure from the traditional kabm pymp, with traveling steps to the right, instead of the left.  

Meriasek in the performance: this song is both mesmerising & moving...

...and after the performance of this Breannick Furry/Coinage Hall Flame Serpent for the song, Meriasek, quite a few remarked at how moved they felt at the slow Coinage Hall Flame Serpent refrain (#goosebumps - that was how I felt seeing Tros an Treys dancing the Miner's Lament).

Gwari Pymp, heading out for a clap-jump.

Such creativity from all of the groups in the "Kan ha Dons" project....and for Scoot Lyskerrys, it was the first time to perform out as a "group", and in front of such a gathering of experienced traditional Cornish dancers (no pressure then!).

A great day, topped by the culmination of the Brass Project with "Lost in Space" and a splann "nos lowen" of mixed up Cornish dancing called/led by the one & only Ellie Allen! Ober da, Ellie!

And for anyone making it back for the beach ceilidh, here's the massive serpent that grew at the Watering Hole...there should be more beach ceilidhs around Cornwall!

We'd like to do it all again, please. Quite soon. With the Scoot Lyskerrys members who couldn't join us this time. And Kescana!  And so we shall.  Watch this space...

Chons da, Lowender Perran on the move to Newquay - we hope to see you there!

Dha weles skon :D

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Cornish Dancing in the Far East...CDS Esedhvos Troyl/Ceilidh in Torpoint

A 'splann nos lowen' of Cornish dancing with Scoot Lyskerrys hosting the quarterly Cornish Dance Society Troyl/Ceilidh as part of the Esedhvos in Torpoint.

The 7-piece band played a fantastic foot-stompin' set for lots of new-to-Cornish-dance dancers from Torpoint & the local area, including Gorsedh Kernow participants from across Cornwall, as well as familiar 'Sparking Saturdays Cornish Dance Workshop' participants & friends from Liskeard & Callington.  Meur ras oll for joining us!

Dances were a mixture of Cornish social & set, from furry dances to serpents, Mr Martin's Reel (with excellent counting in Kernewek up to 7!), an Old Hand-in-Hand, Six Hand Reel, Ros Vur and one of our favourites, Newlyn Reel!

It was great to see Zero2vintage from Liskeard leading one of the "Hedley" serpent dances to Jim Stacey's tune...

...and the champions of the Tregajorran Furry were a couple of girls, who discovered that you can dance this as a couple, dancing under one another's arches, rather than two couples, with the ones going under & then the twos going under.  This variation will be known in future as the Torpoint Tregajorran Furry!

Here's our marvellous musicians...

Wind section: Sally, Elke & Carlton. Note the clever use of embroidery rings & stockings to make smart-functioning diffusers - good works, Carlton & Sally!  Carlton was our brilliant sound engineer & generously provided the PA for this event.  Huge thanks, Carlton!

Squeeze & strum section: Pauline & Steve keeping the rhythm & tunes in check.  

Strings section: Zara & Norman - top fiddling folk!

Meur ras Cllr Mike Pearn, Mayor of Torpoint for allowing us to use Torpoint Council Chambers for this event - what a fantastic venue!  We look forward to returning to the border town soon!

Meur ras Pat Parkins for coordinating this Esedhvos event (and helping us find the chip shop!).

Meur ras Dee Brotherton for the publicity on behalf of Gorsedh Kernow.

Ha meur ras to the ubiquitous Merv Davey - aka Dr Folk - for inviting us to host this Troyl/Ceilidh on behalf of the  Cornish Dance Society, and for making the connections.

That's it for now!  

Dha weles skon! See you soon! 


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

CDS Esedhvos Troyl with Scoot Lyskerrys

Come join us in the far east of Cornwall on Friday 5th September for the Cornish Dance Society Esedhvos Troyl with the "Scoot Lyskerrys Band" as part of the Esedhvos Kernow Torpoint 2014.

A lively evening of foot stompin' fun with a selection of called and led Cornish folk dances: furry dances, circles, sets, couples and a couple of step dances.  No partner required - suitable for all levels & ages.

Doors: 8:00pm 
Donations on the door - BYOB

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sidmouth Folk Week - Cornish Troyls, Workshops, Sessions & Displays

Dydh Da! Good Day!

Last week was #speakcornish week, and Kemysk made a #10sFylm singing "Happy Birthday" in Kernewek to our Anna...

WOMAD last weekend has been absolutely bryntin!  I've picked up the Pizzica dance from Salento in the far south of Italy from the beautiful Anna Cinzia Villani, along with the Kopanitsa steps from the amazing Turkish singer/dancer Cigdem Aslan.  Lovely to see our Welsh neighbours 9 Bach too!  Huge thanks to fRoots magazine and the WOMAD team for the best ever World of Music and Dance festival!

Maybe we'll see some Cornish music and dance there in the future...

Keslowena Sidmouth!  

It's the Diamond Anniversary for Sidmouth Folk Week beginning on Thursday.

I'll be dancing out with Kemysk Cornish Dancers over the weekend: dance displays, a Saturday morning workshop and a Sunday late afternoon Troyl in the Anchor Gardens.

Thursday and Friday, I'll be running Cornish dance workshops up at the school:

  • Thu 11:15 - 12:45 - Cornish Social & Set Dances 
  • Fri 11:15 - 12:45 - Cornish Scoots, Broomsticks & Challenges
  • Fri 15:00 - 16:30 - Reeling: the Cornish picture in association with the Instep Research Team

Full details of the workshops can be found in the full Sidmouth programme and on the Cornish Dancing Diary page

Monday and Thursday sees the return of the evening Steppin' Time up in the Rugby Club, and I'm aiming to get up there to share a few Cornish step dances with our friends in Southern England.  Musicians and dancers of any persuasion are most welcome!

And there's a good chance you'll find our 'Scoot Lyskerrys' sax player, Carlton out busking Cornish tunes on the sea front too...might join him for a spot of foot-stompin' fun over the week.

That's all for now!

Dha weles skon! See you soon!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Wild Cornish Dancing in Illogan - Youth Nos Lowen

Yep - with Cornwall's best boy band, GorVagas & best mermaid band MorVoren!
Plus special guests...

I've seen both bands pack the dance floor with their funky takes on traditional & contemporary Cornish dance music.  Get yer dancing shoes on & head over to Illogan for some wild Cornish dancing at the first Youth Nos Lowen on Saturday 12th July evening.

All ages welcome - you'll feel young at heart after a night with these fab musicians!

Donations on the door & bring refreshments to share.


It's gonna be hot!!

Friday, 25 April 2014

Keslowena ha meur ras!

What an incredible week for the Cornish, joining the Scots, Welsh and Irish as official members of the UK’s Celtic minorities!  Here's one of the articles if you've not already seen it: Keslowena onen hag oll - congratulations one & all!  

Ha meur ras - and thanks - for joining us for one or more Cornish dance workshops or events this season.   

This morning is the last Sparking Saturdays Cornish Dance Workshop at the Liskerrett Centre before the Vital Spark Festival of the Arts from 10th May.  It would be SPLANN to see you there from 10am!

Alternatively if Callington is closer, the Callington MayFest Dancers are gathering in Callington Town Hall to refresh the Callington Furry Dance amongst other Cornish dances along with Rosie Fierek & the HUGE Callington Furry Dance Band (I'm trying to be in two places at once: just  need a little more sparkly dust!).

And tonight....big celebration time!!!!!!

Big Nos presents...Spring Nos Lowen at St Austell Parish Church Hall, Trevarthian Road (South side), St Austell, featuring the Scoot Lyskerrys Band.

Hope to see you there!!!!

Kernow bys vycken!

Oll an gwella - all the best,

Carmen :D

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

MayFest! MayFest!

Friday night foot-stompin' fun in Callington with a new series of Cornish music & dance sessions in Callington Town Hall in the run up to Callington MayFest on Saturday 10th May, thanks to the support of CAVe.

First night is 28 March, followed by 4th & 25th April & 2nd May.

Dances will include Callington Furry each week, plus a selection of furry dances from other parts of Cornwall, circular, partner, serpents & sets, plus one or two step dances for those up for some fancy footwork. 

All the dances will be taught from scratch and are suitable & adaptable for all ages & abilities.

Rosie Fierek of the infamous Rubber Band will lead the musicians in a specially selected set of Cornish tunes, including Callington Furry.

Doors at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

Refreshments (and raffle) by the wonderful people of CAVe for Callington MayFest.
Meur ras, CAVe! Thanks CAVe!

Look forward to seeing you there :D

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2014! Bledhen Nowydh Da!

Bledhen Nowydh Da!  Happy New Year!

Welcome to a Foot-Stompingly Sparkly 2014!

Hope you've had a 'Nadelik Lowen' & enjoyed the festive season.  

We've been spending time with friends & family, and the huge pumpkin has been a real hit this week, particularly roasted with garlic, rosemary & coconut oil (thanks, Jane!)!

Sparking Saturdays Cornish Dance Workshops enter a fourth year after the very first Cornish dance workshop at the Liskerrett Centre as such creative activity was sparked from the Vital Spark and the dance 'Fer Lyskerrys'.

Since then, lots of the original dancers & musicians have come back, sometimes regularly, sometimes out of the blue, and new folk have appeared, keen to have some foot-stompin fun with Cornish dance.  We've danced out in the streets of Liskeard whenever the weather, inclination or occasion suited, & Scoot Lyskerrys played out for the first 'Big Nos presents...' at Sterts this autumn to great acclaim.  This year Scoot Lyskerrys have been invited to perform at the Spring Nos Lowen in St Austell & as part of the Dance Festival at the Royal Cornwall Show, and to host the Cornish Dance Society Ceilidh on the Friday evening of the Gorsedh Kernow in Torpoint in September.

Last year, the 'Sparking Saturdays' style Cornish dance workshops supported the first Callington MayFest, including the development & launch of 'Callington Furry' through the streets of Callington.  A number of the musicians, dancers & supporters have been keen to continue Cornish dancing in Callington, so the workshops have continued with a focus on Cornish step and the more complex set dances as Kamm Kelliwik:Dons Kernewek.

Festival season for Cornish dance workshops with 'Scoots Kernow' included Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, Yn ChruinnaghtSidmouth Folk Festival & Cornwall Folk Festival.  Watch this space for this years' festival season.

'Sparking Saturdays' Cornish Dance Workshops will be back at the Liskerrett Centre, Liskeard every 2nd & 4th Saturday morning from 11th January for Cornish social, set & step.   Kamm Kelliwik:Dons Kernewek will be back in Callington Scout Hut every 3rd Saturday of the month from 18th January with Cornish set & step.

And it looks like a new series of workshops will begin in Launceston, Cornwall very, very soon once I can figure the best time of the week to host them (either Friday evenings or Saturday mornings), supporting demand from folks in Lanson & the surrounding area, and hopefully Causley at the Castle in June.  More to follow...

A couple of big Cornish dance nights coming up very soon too...Degol Stul - Twelfth Night in Porthtowan this Saturday, & either the Hangover Ceilidh with The Brim in Perranporth, or the AberFest Fundraiser with Ros Keltek in Perranwell on the 18 Jan. Details here in the Cornish Dancing Diary... 

Here's wishing you & yours a sparkly, healthy, happy & prosperous 2014...and of course lots of Cornish dancing!

Dha weles skon! See you soon!

Carmen :D

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