Thursday 9 July, Virtual Eurosession and Music Workshop with Emily Bowden

 BY SUSANNAH DIAMOND

Ready for another virtual Eurosession?

On Thursday 9 July, you have another chance to join our virtually mediated, Eurosession get-together.   The basic plan is the same as last time, but this time we’ll have a music workshop taught by the wonderful Emily Bowden.

Times: 8:00-9:00pm Music workshop;  9:00-10:30 pm Open session. 

Venue:  We’ll connect via Zoom:
 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81090728815?pwd=aEE5SnFadkVWOEhiQm02RGVsWEIvQT09

Meeting ID: 810 9072 8815
Password: balfolk

Times: 
8:00 – 9:00pm Music workshop  
9:00 – 10:30 pm Open session. 

Important: If you plan to share a tune, please use a computer and not a phone/tablet, and check out how to turn on the Original Sound feature in your Zoom settings before the session.

NB. This event is free, but if you enjoy the evening, and can afford to do so, please donate to Age UK’s Coronavirus emergency appeal:  https://donate.ageuk.org.uk/public/donate.aspx?content=coronavirus-a

About the workshop:

Emily is a musician, composer and teacher from London. She began her musical life as a classical violinist, and fell in love with folk music and improvisation in her early twenties. Her compositions have become core repertoire for the Anglo-Belgian Balfolk Trio, ‘Emily and the Simons‘. 
In this workshop, Emily will teach one or two of her wonderful tunes, with tips about working with other musicians to create a marvellous experience for dancers.  All are welcome, although confidence with your instrument and with learning by ear will be helpful.  Bring your hunger for playing, and come drink your fill!

The rest of the evening should provide the same experience as the two previous months’ – marvellous musicians, delicious dancing, and a bit of chatting:

Everyone:
To switch views between one musician and all participants, see top right on your screen, or https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362323-How-Do-I-Change-The-Video-Layout- Please mute your audio when you are not speaking / playing, and use the Chat feature for background communication. There are also likely to be intermissions for general chat and catching up.

Musicians:
A few of our session regulars will be on hand to get the music going. One person (or device) will broadcast at any one time; wave your instrument when you want to play, or use the ‘raise your hand’ feature, and the lead musician can choose/nominate the next player. 
When you’ve been chosen to lead, select Original Sound (top left) when you want to play, and turn it off again for normal voice transmission. 
NB. Mute your audio when you are not the lead musician and are just playing along at home. If you think you know the genre of dance that you might be playing, tip the dancers off at the start of your tune – thanks! 

Dancers:
Get your dance shoes on; if you have a danceable space, book it for the evening, There may be some experimental attempts to dance the right genre of dance at the right time (albeit half a beat behind!). More important is to dance as though no-one is watching, or as though you can cheer up everyone else who is watching! Or turn your video off if you feel freer dancing in private.

Eurosession is an inclusive and caring space for all.
Invite your co-space-sharing mates / family / teddy-bear along if appropriate 🙂

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh

Thursday 11 June, Eurosession and Halling workshop

Ready for another virtual Eurosession?

On Thursday 11 June, we will be offering another wonderful virtually mediated, Eurosession get-together.   The basic plan is the same as last time, but this time the dance workshop will be taught by Lucy Huzzard, of the fantastic Third Beat Collective.

Times: 8:00-9:00pm Dance workshop;  9-10:30 pm Open session. 

Venue:  We’ll connect via Zoom: details to be provided nearer the time.
 

Important: If you plan to share a tune, please use a computer and not a phone/tablet, and check out how to turn on the Original Sound feature in your Zoom settings before the session.

NB. This event is free, but if you enjoy the evening, and can afford to do so,
please donate to Age UK’s Coronavirus emergency appeal: https://donate.ageuk.org.uk/public/donate.aspx?content=coronavirus-a

About the workshop:

Lucy Huzzard will be bringing the attitude and energy of this Norwegian competition dance to the confines of your kitchen/living room/shed. This traditional dance ranges from walking with attitude, to spinning on your head, and Lucy will be focusing on some tricks and flair to add to your next dance-off. Expect a fair workout! (No head spins thankfully!)

Wear comfortable clothes, shoes that can turn easily and ideally with springy insoles for additional comfort. This workshop will be a great way to free up the body from crouching at computer screens, and reward yourself with some zestful stretches. Lucy has trained in Sweden and is part of the Third Beat Collective; this workshop is not to be missed!

The rest of the plan is basically unchanged from last time – marvellous musicians, delicious dancing, and a bit of chatting:

Everyone:
To switch views between one musician and all participants, see top right on your screen, or https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362323-How-Do-I-Change-The-Video-Layout- Please mute your audio when you are not speaking / playing, and use the Chat feature for background communication. There are also likely to be intermissions for general chat and catching up.

Musicians:
A few of our session regulars will be on hand to get the music going. One person (or device) will broadcast at any one time; wave your instrument when you want to play, or use the ‘raise your hand’ feature, and the lead musician can choose/nominate the next player. 
When you’ve been chosen to lead, select Original Sound (top left) when you want to play, and turn it off again for normal voice transmission. 
NB. Mute your audio when you are not the lead musician and are just playing along at home. If you think you know the genre of dance that you might be playing, tip the dancers off at the start of your tune – thanks! 

Dancers:
Get your dance shoes on; if you have a danceable space, book it for the evening, There may be some experimental attempts to dance the right genre of dance at the right time (albeit half a beat behind!). More important is to dance as though no-one is watching, or as though you can cheer up everyone else who is watching! Or turn your video off if you feel freer dancing in private.

Eurosession is an inclusive and caring space for all.
Invite your co-space-sharing mates / family / teddy-bear along if appropriate 🙂

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh

Thursday 14 May: Virtual Eurosession and Workshop

Ready for another virtual Eurosession?

On our usual Eurosession evening on Thursday 14 May, there will be another opportunity for a virtually live, experimental Eurosession get together, even if we can’t all hold hands…   

The basic plan is the same as last time, but this time we’ll begin at 8pm for our first ever technologically mediated dance workshop.

Times: 8:00-9:00pm Dance workshop;  9-10:30 pm Open session. 

Venue:  We’ll connect via Zoom at:
Meeting ID: 898 4621 7463
Password: waltz
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89846217463?pwd=K2RxcVUvWWtaMG9QN01kWkhjYVo5Zz09
 

NB. If you plan to share a tune, please use a computer and not a phone/tablet, so you can access some important additional Zoom functionality.  

About the workshop:

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We’ll share the Danse des Sept Sauts, a dance from the Basque that is danced with others, but not holding hands – so it’s perfectly reasonable to learn it as solo individuals during this time of physical distancing.  We have danced it at Eurosession before, and it’s a good opportunity to revisit it.  It has a simple structure, with just enough complexity to be intriguing, and you can dance this as gently or energetically as you choose. If you’d like to attempt to connect brain cells and body into some kind of working order, then do join us!

Here’s a snippet of the music: 

And if you’d like to learn the tune, check out both the dots and the play-back on: https://abcnotation.com/.  

NB. This event is free, but if you enjoy the evening, and can afford to do so, please donate to Age UK’s Coronavirus emergency appeal.

The rest of the plan is basically unchanged from last time – marvellous musicians, delicious dancing, and a bit of chatting:

Everyone:
To switch views between one musician and all participants, see top right on your screen, or https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362323-How-Do-I-Change-The-Video-Layout- Please mute your audio when you are not speaking / playing, and use the Chat feature for background communication. There are also likely to be intermissions for general chat and catching up.

Musicians:
A few of our session regulars will be on hand to get the music going. One person (or device) will broadcast at any one time; wave your instrument when you want to play, or use the ‘raise your hand’ feature, and the lead musician can choose/nominate the next player. 
When you’ve been chosen to lead, select Original Sound (top left) when you want to play, and turn it off again for normal voice transmission. 
NB. Mute your audio when you are not the lead musician and are just playing along at home. If you think you know the genre of dance that you might be playing, tip the dancers off at the start of your tune – thanks! 

Dancers:
Get your dance shoes on; if you have a danceable space, book it for the evening, There may be some experimental attempts to dance the right genre of dance at the right time (albeit half a beat behind!). More important is to dance as though no-one is watching, or as though you can cheer up everyone else who is watching! Or turn your video off if you feel freer dancing in private.

Eurosession is an inclusive and caring space for all.
Invite your co-space-sharing mates / family / teddy-bear along if appropriate 🙂

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh

Thursday 9 April: Virtual Eurosession

Missing the Eurosession vibe? 
On our usual Eurosession evening on Thursday 9 April, there will be an opportunity for a virtually live, experimental Eurosession get together, even if we can’t all hold hands…

When: 8:30-10:30 pm
We’ll connect via Zoom, at https://zoom.us/j/227901420,
Clue for the password: the most common Scandi dance we do

NB. If you plan to share a tune, please use a computer and not a phone/tablet, so you can access some important additional Zoom functionality.
Also Eurosession will not be recording this session. Please don’t share recordings without explicit permission from those involved.

Here’s the plan for marvellous musicians, delicious dancing, and a bit of chatting:

Everyone:
To switch views between one musician and all participants, see top right on your screen, or https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362323-How-Do-I-Change-The-Video-Layout- Please mute your audio when you are not speaking / playing, and use the Chat feature for background communication. There are also likely to be intermissions for general chat and catching up.

Musicians:
A few of our session regulars will be on hand to get the music going. One person (or device) will broadcast at any one time; wave your instrument when you want to play, or use the ‘raise your hand’ feature, and the lead musician can choose/nominate the next player. 
When you’ve been chosen to lead, select Original Sound (top left) when you want to play, and turn it off again for normal voice transmission. 
Mute your audio when you are not the lead musician and are just playing along at home. NB. If you think you know the genre of dance that you might be playing, tip the dancers off at the start of your tune – thanks! 

Dancers:
Get your dance shoes on; if you have a danceable space, book it for the evening, There may be some experimental attempts to dance the right genre of dance at the right time (albeit half a beat behind!). More important is to dance as though no-one is watching, or as though you can cheer up everyone else who is watching! Or turn your video off if you feel freer dancing in private.

Eurosession is an inclusive and caring space for all. Invite your co-space-sharing mates/family/teddy-bear along if appropriate 🙂

Cancelled: Thursday March 12: Eurosession and workshop: musical communication

Sorry folks, we are cancelling tonight’s event to help people to stay well for longer in the current context.

All the best, Eurosesh xx

Note different venue and timings for March!

Venue: Crookes Social Club, S10 1TD
8pm:       Eurosession will open early for balfolk music offers and dance requests
9:30pm:  Workshop for both musicians and dancers
10pm-11pm: More Eurosession

So in our March get-together, you can settle in from 8pm for Eurosession tunes and dances. We’ll take a break at about 9:30pm for a workshop on musical communication involving both musicians and dancers, and then free up for more open Eurosesession after the workshop.

Communication between musicians and dancers
Illustration by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Photo by Ben Reid.

The workshop will be led by experienced dancers and musicians within Sheffield Eurosession. The aim is to focus on the relationships between musicians and dancers through the medium of simple melodies.
We will explore our capacities as musicians and dancers to attune to others within the room, and to generate and respond to different feelings or impulses within the framework of a traditional dance tune and form.
This workshop is for both musicians and dancers – so grab your instruments and/or dance shoes and your curiosity, attention and playfulness for a journey beyond melodies and into musical communication. The workshop will use simple tunes and dances, and newcomers to balfolk are welcome to join either as musicians, dancers or both!

Contributions: £5 donation if you can afford it. Newcomers free. All welcome.

See you soon, Eurosesh xx  

Thursday 13 February: Portuguese workshop and Eurosession

Although the formalities of Brexit are fast unravelling the formal ties with our European allies, we can still come together to enjoy the wonderful dances from multiple European traditions.

For February, we’ve an exciting offer of Portuguese from André Dias, so come on down for the 8pm workshop to acquire a little sashay in your hips and a sparkle in your eye.

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Image from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLpeiIjZFz8

We’re planning to pack in the Regadinho (a stylish mixer), Repasseado (a lively mix of greeting and celebration), and Mazurka Cabo Verdiana (which returned somewhat sassy from a lengthy trip to Cape Verde).  We’ll have music from the ever versatile Jo Veal on clarinet.

To be followed at 9pm by our usual open Eurossession of offers and requests.  
Normal venue: Upstairs in Shakespeare’s. 
£5 if you can afford it. All welcome!

All the best, Eurosesh

Swedish Dance Workshop (Boda)

This January, we’ve shifted Eurosession from our usual Thursday to next week (Thursday 16th) instead, so we can welcome the lovely HesterandRolf Dahlstrom from Stockhom for a Scandinavian dance workshop.

Hester and Rolf have many years’ experience performing and teaching dancing and will be looking at a variety of traditional dances, particularly Boda, in which a lifting musical style is used to create a pendulum of balance between the partners.   Music will be provided by fantastic fiddle player Nicky McConkey.

And instead of Shakespeares or Hagglers… just to keep you on your toes…  we will now be in the lovely Sheffield Yoga School on South Rd in Walkley.
Please bring indoor shoes or danceable socks to wear so we can keep it nice and clean, and bring instruments for a session after the workshop. Magic.

4 January – New Year Bal with ‘Trois Pas D’Ici’

Sheffield Eurosession are delighted to welcome Trois Pas d’Ici – a great new trio of three young women from the south of France.

Booking form available here – reserve your place now

This young French trio play wonderful traditional music from Poitou in the south of France, as well as Auvergne and Sweden. With two driving fiddles and diatonic accordion, they produce some great dance music from their region of Poitou including the Congo, Avant-deux, Maraichine and Bal Limousine. But they also play standard balfolk dances such as bourées, mazurka, scottish, valse, etc. and some less known such as Rond d’argentons or Bourée 3 temps from the Morvan region. And to top it all they also sing in harmony for dancing – a beautiful experience.

As they say “hear our strings (vocal and steel), bellows, keys and bow.” with Nina Lachia and Marie Peyrat both on violin and Lucile Marsac on diatonic accordion, as well as voices and bellows. Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/3pdchttps://fr-fr.facebook.com/3PasdIci/

Programme:

4pm-5.30pm Poitou dance workshop £5

6pm-7.30pm join us at Blue Moon cafe for dinner https://www.bluemooncafesheffield.com/

8pm-10.30pm bal (a mixture of balfolk and Poitou dance) £10/8

10.30pm onwards music session for all. Bring your instruments!

Thursday 12 December: Polska Polishing and Eurosession

Yes, it’s election day; so go and cast your vote, and then come dance the tension away whilst awaiting the outcome.

In the darkness of December we’re turning to Nordic inspiration, where musicians have created haunting music through the long dark nights of winter, yielding a characteristic pulse for communities to come together and dance

Megan Hatto has offered to share some of her expertise in dance to unlock some of the mysteries of the polska, whilst Jamie Huddlestone has offered to play for the workshop, and so this dream-team will share some of the polska magic with your soul. Whether you are already a svictaholic or completely new to polska, the workshop will improve your capacity to respond to a musical lilt, and develop a more relaxed turning technique with a partner. 

Megan Hatto studied traditional dance in Sweden and contemporary dance in London, and is experienced both as a performer and as a dance teacher.
Jamie Huddlestone is a multi-instrumentalist with a keen interest in Scandinavian music. Expect hypnotic complexity and skilful playing.

8pm: Dance workshop – bring shoes that slide and turn easily.  Partners not required – we change partners to help everyone get up to speed.
9pm: The Eurosession commences for offers and requests.
Venue: Upstairs in Shakespeares, Gibraltar St, S3 8UA.

All the best, xx Eurosesh  

Thursday 14 November: Schottische Variations and Eurosession

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Warm up on a cool Autumn’s evening with Eurosession!  

We’ll be exploring Schottishe variations in the workshop this week, deconstructing the basic framework, and rebuilding it with inspiration from various traditions. Along the way we’ll consider the trade-offs between creativity and connection; and explore the possibilities of directionality, musicality, breaking the frame, and learn a little more about leading and following.
Dancing led by Susannah Diamond, and music with Sol Loreto-Miller.

Workshop 8-9pm, then free open music and dance session.
£5 for the workshop if you can afford it, nowt if you’re skint.
Venue: upstairs in Shakespeares Pub, Gibraltar St as usual.

All welcome.
x Eurosesh