NEWS: A new French/Breton Session in BRISTOL : Sunday 28th September
This will be at the Small Bar, 31 King Street, BS1 4DZ at 8pm, upstairs.
It’s hoped that this can be a regular monthly session (4th Sunday) and this one is intended to see whether it works. We have the excellent fellow and piper Phill Butler to thank for setting this one up. See you there.
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Our Bath Session meets on the first Sunday of the month, 8 pm, at THE ROYAL OAK pub (The one in Lower Bristol Road, BA2 3BW ). We play and dance to French and Breton tunes: traditional tunes and newly composed ones that fit the dances. There are dances in couples: bourees, waltz, schottische, mazurka and polka, and also Breton dances in lines (no partners).
We usually have border bagpipes (french-style), hurdy-gurdy; accordions, melodeons, and concertina; fiddles, whistles and recorders. Everyone is welcome to join in or watch and listen.
This session was started by the renowned piper, Andy Letcher, and met in Bristol for many years. We moved to Bath when we found this pub. It has a welcoming attitude, famously good beers and ciders and a good wooden floor for dancing.
The session was the springboard for that great local band “Cyser” which played inspirational music until Giles and Trudi moved abroad. You can watch Cyser here. and listen here. Some of us are involved with “Hot Springs” who organise the Grand Bal de Bath. The next Grand Bal is planned for 31 October – 2 November 2014.
Some of us have been playing and dancing in the street as part of Bristol’s “Make Sundays Special” : watch the videos here.
Everyone is welcome to play, dance or listen.