Sheffield Eurosession is open to all. Anyone who wants to play can lead a tune or join in at their own level and the musicians are always happy to take requests for dances. The session is run by a small group of volunteers. If you’d like to offer help or make suggestions, please do so! Sheffield Eurosession is aligned with both traditional and balfolk styles and we are willing explore \any kind of dance originating within Europe, without being too fussy about how to define this. Sessions so far have been influenced by Breton, French, Portuguese, Scandinavian, Klezmer, Basque and Bulgarian traditions.
Sessions are normally monthly, starting at 8pm if there’s a themed pre-session workshop, or 8:30pm if not, and the evenings continue to 11pm and beyond.
(Note that there is normally a pre-booked musician for the workshop).
We also hold extra occasional gigs with bands and teachers from other places. Here are the next few dates coming up after our summer break
Salmanazar are an exciting collaboration between three highly experienced and talented musicians all the way from Alsace:
Cédric Martin: diatonic accordion (Duo Expire, Big Jeans)
Philippe Laussine: electroacoustic hurdy-gurdy
Sébastien Benoit: bagpipes and whistles
Based around the dance rhythms of Western Europe, in particular Central France, their repertoire weaves between traditional melodies and innovative compositions. Their music is gutsy, vibrant and highly danceable: you won’t be able to sit still!
Thursday 13 December: Eurosession and Sbrando Workshop
Inspired by Eurosession’s semi-resident Italian, Martina, we revisit a crazy Italian dance: if you can triumph in the challenges of keeping your balance whilst dramatically changing your body angle, and tune your ear to listen for the changes in direction and style of the dance, then you’ll be rewarded with the joy of achieving communal success! Expect a certain amount of chaos or uncertainty along the way; isn’t everything more fun when it goes wrong?! And if you’re in the mood, bring festive treats to share.