Last updated on 19 September, 2014
Petition to protect music venues from new UK planning rules. If you feel strongly, please sign and alert any other musical forums.
The cornerstone of the UK music industry is under threat and we need to protect it. Across the country we are seeing music venues being threatened with closure because of changes in planning laws to encourage more residents to move into town centres. This change in policy was intended to address housing shortages; specifically, offices, car parks and disused buildings across the country can be converted into residences. And right next door to those offices and car parks are the UK's music venues. Music venues are now fighting off noise complaints, abatement notices and planning applications; 12 venues are already under threat, an avalanche will follow if we don't take action.
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More Morris, Better Morris conference
A one-day conference to share effective practice in how to inspire the next generation of morris dancers will be held at Cecil Sharp House in London on Sunday 2 November 2014.
‘More Morris, Better Morris, in schools and beyond’ is being organised by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) with the Joint Morris Organisations.
Sessions will be across a range of morris and sword dance traditions including Cotswold, Molly, North West and Border morris, as well as rapper and longsword.
Workshop leaders, presenters and speakers will include practitioners from across England who are experienced in teaching morris to young people, including: Damien Barber from the Demon Barber Roadshow and the Lock In Dance Show; Will Hampson and Bryony Griffiths; John Bacon, Ann Bacon and David Johns; Dave Leverton from the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England; Laurel Swift and Benjamin Moss; Sue Bousfield; Gordon Phillips and Nicky Stockman; Liam Robinson; and Kim Woodward. More names will be confirmed early September and will be updated online.
The day will include topics such as:
· Delivery in primary and secondary education and links to the curriculum
· Setting up and running groups in out-of-school settings
· What an inspiring morris dance workshop looks like for children and young people and current best practice in dance education
· Safe practice – looking after the bodies of young dancers at different stages of their development
· Kitbag – ideas, information and resources on planning, structuring sessions, writing a CV, insurance and safeguarding issues
Rachel Elliott, EFDSS’ Education Director, said: “This conference offers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about teaching morris dancing to young people, whether you are an experienced morris dancer, a teacher or in a morris side, or just starting out and keen to pass on the morris traditions. EFDSS is delighted to presenting this landmark event in partnership with the Joint Morris Organisations. “The aim of the day is to inspire people, connect them and feed them ideas for the delivery of great morris dancing sessions with young people!”
Conference fee: £20 including refreshments and light lunch
For more details and to book go to website
Promoted by: EFDSS and the Joint Morris Organisations (The Morris Federation, Open Morris and The Morris Ring).
Devon Folk Award 2013 presented to Patricia Reid by Anne Gill, chairman of Devon Folk on Saturday 26th July 2014 during the afternoon dance at Teign Playford, Rydon Hall, Kingsteignton.
Patricia received the award in recognition and appreciation of her contribution to Folk in Devon over many years.
Patricia has been very active in promoting folk dancing in Devon, both for young people by working in schools and with Brownies in the Newton Abbot, Exeter and Exmouth areas, and also for adults. For many years Patricia organised both the Devon Playford Weekend held at Halsway Manor, and the Dartington Weekend held at Dartington Hall.
As well as visiting schools, Patricia organised an Education Day of Dance, Music and Song held in 2002 for 10 to 11 year olds, and she was also instrumental in organising the visit of NYFTE in 2009 to Newton Abbot. She also worked with children in Teignmouth primary schools teaching folk dancing and organised performances during Teignmouth Folk Festival.
As Publicity Officer for Devon Folk, Patricia worked tirelessly to bring folk activities to the attention of the general public---through the press and through radio. Patricia also promoted the work of Devon Folk-in particular the Soundbeam appeal.
Devon County Playford Club
Devon County Playford Club has unfortunately now closed. Please see below the original version of an article published in What's Afoot for which there was not enough available space in the magazine to reproduce in full. This article was kindly provided by June Backway.
So it has come. With dwindling numbers over the last few years, the Devon County Playford Club has now closed. At an extra-ordinary general meeting on 26th April we formalised arrangements for the closure, after over seventy years.
At our last club meeting on 17th May we made the most of our last gathering, dancing to the special music of Gwyn George. We were pleased to be joined again by Muriel Langford, one of the earliest members of the club which began in the 1940s. But although it meant goodbyes for a few, some will still dance at other clubs in the county and at Halsway Manor and elsewhere.
The Minutes of Meetings written in books over the seventy-odd years will not be lost. They are a record of the club and will go to the Margaret Grant Memorial Library at Halsway Manor for safe-keeping. Mrs Grant was a founder member of this special club, for which membership was originally by invitation only, therefore it is appropriate that the books are kept there.
On a positive note, English folk music - dance and song - has been re-discovered by different generations. So perhaps these beautiful dances will someday inspire the revival of a club devoted to them, in Exeter.
Cool Folk - Devon's Folk Arts page for the new mag for younger folk lovers in Devon. Know anything cool going on? Share it here.
Devon Folk AGM 2013
The President of Devon Folk Terry Underhill presented Colin Andrews with a specially commissioned tankard made by Harry Juniper to mark the "100th" publication of the Devon Folk magazine What's Afoot. Colin was thanked for all his dedication and hard work as Editor. A Ceildh planned to mark this milestone in October last year had to be cancelled because of bad weather so the presentation was made at the Devon Folk A.G.M. on the 13th April 2013.
Go to Gallery page Devon Folk to see more pictures
In 1983 Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker created the organisation now known as Wren Music, with the vision of taking the people’s music to the people of Devon. Since then every year has seen major new projects, which have brought communities, large and small, together and they have touched the lives of tens of thousands of people.
There are a few strands that have run though their work during those years. Their links with Newfoundland go back to the earliest days of the organisation, but they have now taken their music to many other countries. Also they have made the collection of Devonshire song collector, Sabine Baring-Gould, a basis for many projects over the years.
Wren has grown and its achievements are a team effort drawing on the expertise of several musicians and other staff. However, it is the combination of Paul’s musical talent and creativity combined with Marilyn’s practical business skills and resilience that have directed and ensured the success of the organisation, even when the going got tough.