|Loose Knit Band Big Session Winter Reunion|
Traditional ceilidh dances, barn dances and folk dances are a great way for people of all ages to get together and have fun.
Whether it's for a wedding, fund raising event, family birthday party or any of the many other occasions when people of all ages like to get together, the jaunty jiggy tunes of traditional folk dance music always seems to set every generation's feet tapping and quickly put a smile on everyone's face.
With the summer coming and the weather getting warmer, the season of fetes and weddings is rapidly approaching so it's an ideal time for ceilidh, barn dance and folk dance musicians to get together over a weekend to celebrate their music and for those musicians in bands to rehearse tunes together at the beginning of their busy season. There is probably no bigger gathering of traditional English folk tune musicians at this time of the year than the Loose Knit Band Sidmouth Folk Festival reunion when musicians that have played together during the Sidmouth Folk Festival in the Loose Knit Band Big Session get together again to play the tunes they love throughout the whole weekend!
Since prominent member of the Loose Kit Band, organiser of the weekend and talented piano accordion player Martin Hughes is also the band leader of BarnBuskers Ceilidh and Folk Dance Band, in which I feature as soprano saxophone player, and with at least two other members of BarnBuskers Ceilidh and Folk Dance Band also being present, it was an ideal opportunity for us to join in and share some tunes while having lots of fun with around fifty other traditional dance musicians.
|Saturday pre-session carvery at the Balfour Inn, Sidmouth|
So if you are a musician that enjoys playing mainly traditional English music and are looking for a friendly big session during the Sidmouth Folk Week this August 2014, why not check us out. Whilst many of us play in professional ceilidh, barn dance and folk dance bands, the Loose Knit Band Big Session particularly welcomes newcomers and less experienced musicians too. Just buy a drink at the bar and join in. You are sure to be made welcome. (See my Facebook account for more photos of the 2014 Loose Knit Band Winter Reunion). See previous articles on this blog about Loose Knit Band Big Sessions).
If you are looking for a barn dance, ceilidh dance or folk dance band for your wedding, fund raiser, birthday party, fete or other social gathering, I'm sure Martin will be delighted to help in his capacity of band leader of the BarnBuskers Ceilidh, Barn Dance and Folk Dance band by checking our diary and discussing arrangements. (See contact information on the BarnBuskers.com website).
If you just love listening to the jiggy, jaunty sounds of traditional English folk dance, barn dance and ceilidh tunes, we always love to have an audience at the big session at the Balfour Inn. Perhaps we'll see you there next time we get together for the Loose Knit Band Big Session during the Sidmouth Folk Week in August 2014 or at the 2015 Loose Knit Band reunion at the Balfour Inn, Sidmouth.
If all that seems too long to wait, Martin Hughes (link to personal website) usually runs a very friendly traditional tunes session at the Bell Inn, Ash, Martock, Somerset twice a month (check with Martin or pub before attending to avoid disappointment as circumstances can change). Acoustic musicians are all welcome, just buy a drink at the bar and join in or listen as we play. (They tell me meals are good there too). Perhaps I'll see you there :-)