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…
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:
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 🙂
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.
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.
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 PortuguesefromAndré Dias, so come on down for the 8pm workshop to acquire a little sashay in your hips and a sparkle in your eye.
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!
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.
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.