2017-2018 Eurodance Programme

Ketton Showtime EuroDances

Friday October 13th
Emily and the Simons

The Northwick Arms Hall, Ketton
8 pm. £10.
Contact 01780 720 521

Emily and The Simons are an Anglo-Belgian Balfolk trio. They perform original music centred around Emily’s compositions, drawing inspiration from life's encounters and the energy of the dance-floor. With a wide repertoire ranging from exquisite, sensual mazurkas to joyful, driving bourrées, their music transports the imagination, stirs the feet and uplifts the spirit.

Friday January 5th 2018

Stamford Arts Centre 01780 763 203
7.30 pm £10

This new trio of experienced musicians explore the roots of their respective instruments (hurdy-gurdy, diatonic accordion, bagpipes) giving them a new dimension. The character of their music is always drawn from the dance rhythms of Western Europe and especially central France.
Philippe Laussine (hurdy-gurdy), Sébastien Benoît (bagpipes, whistles), and Cedric Martin (accordion).

Winter EuroDance Weekend
February 23-25 based at Brewery House, Ketton

Friday February 23rd 2018

Stamford Arts Centre 01780 763 203
7.30 pm £15 (under 18s £6)

Legendary folk band Blowzabella return to Stamford Arts Centre as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. They make an inimitable, driving, drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional dance music. Many of the tunes they've composed are "standards" in the modern British/European folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world. Bands across Europe who experiment with folk music often cite Blowzabella as a major influence. Blowzabella is Andy Cutting - diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya - vocals, saxophone, clarinet, whistle; Paul James - vocals, border bagpipes, saxophones, whistle; Gregory Jolivet - hurdy-gurdy; David Shepherd - violin; Barn Stradling - bass guitar; Jon Swayne - border bagpipes, saxophone.

Saturday February 24th
The Eel Grinders

The Northwick Arms Hall, Ketton
11-1 and 3-5 Instrumental and dance workshops. £10
8 pm. Bal. £10.
Contact 01780 720 521

The Eel Grinders have over twelve years experience playing for dance, specialising in both British and French traditions. Their music moves with grace and style and is delivered with sparkling virtuosity on border pipes, whistles, trumpet, accordion, fiddle and percussion. Their music has been featured on Radio 3's Late Junction program. Expect elements of classical, traditional and jazz, with richly textured arrangements and powerful harmonies executed with a sparkling virtuosity. The Eel Grinders will teach traditional French Dance workshops - with the stylish dance variations from the Morvan region a speciality, as well as string and orchestral music workshops.

David Faulkner : English bagpipes, whistles, trumpet; Lawrence Morgan-Anstee : English bagpipes, whistles; Helena Torpy: Violin, percussion, voice; Steve Turner : Accordion

Friday June 8th

The Northwick Arms Hall, Ketton
8 pm. Bal. £10.
Contact 01780 720 521

Colin-Tampon, meaning the sound of Swiss drums, are three fine traditional singers and multi-instrumentalists drawing their repertoire from traditional French songs and dances. They take us back to a time of singing for every occasion and where every opportunity was good to sing. The three members of Colin-Tampon (Catherine Paira, Sylvain Piron and Georges Haibach) come from the East of France. They specialise in traditional singing for traditional dances. They bring with them a range of local instruments - Flutes, diatonic accordion, psaltery, nyckelharpa, bagpipe, epinette de Vosges and recorder.