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American Square Dance Classes
Newton Poppleford American Square Dance class Basic and Mainstream levels.
We teach basic and mainstream levels every Thursday afternoon from 2.00pm - 4.00pm (except August) at the Village Hall, Station Road, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth EX10 0ER.
Newton Poppleford American Square Dance class Plus level.
We teach Plus level every Friday morning from 10.00am - 12.00 noon (except August) at the Village Hall, Station Road, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth EX10 0ER.
Please contact Jean Stickland telephone 01395 568155 or Janet Bulpin telephone 01297 33019 if you are interested in joining us.

Music Performance Weekend Workshop - Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JD. With Mahrey and Phil Berthoud
Would you like to perform in public but nerves get the better of you? Would you like to improve your performance skills? Have you had little/no experience performing in public, or some experience and wish to extend your performance skills?
If so, come and join Mahrey and Phil for an unpressurised, friendly and fun weekend workshop.
Saturday 30th September 9.30am to 4.00pm and Sunday 1st October 10am to 4.00pm.
Cost £90 for the weekend more details on website or the Harbour House website or telephone phone Mahrey or Phil on 01548 853593

Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau:
Storytelling Start-up: 17th September: starting to tell stories, for beginners or those with little experience
The Heart of a Story: 15th October: improving narrative and story structure, for beginners and improvers
Through Different Eyes: 12th November: exploring character in story, for beginners and improvers
Spirits of Place and Time: 10th December: exploring environment and historical time, and honouring story sources, for beginners and improvers

Storytelling Sunday: Storytelling Start-Up - Sunday 17th September, 10am – 4.30pm, The Mansion House, Totnes

A one-day workshop all about starting to tell stories. This day is for beginners to storytelling, or those with little experience.

We will work with one of the Grimm’s stories (a wonder tale) to look at story structure, character, and idiosyncrasy; walk the story, considering environment and audience; and work with techniques for remembering story and gaining confidence. By the end of the day, you will have had the opportunity to tell at least one story that you can take away and make your own.

Storytelling Sunday: The Heart of a Story - Sunday 15th October, 10am – 4.30pm, The Mansion House, Totnes

Looking in detail at the narrative and structure of story, this day is for beginners and experienced storytellers alike.

What are the fundamentals of a really good story? We will explore this using ancient Arthurian myth, considering character, description, action and emotion throughout a story, and the ‘hero’s journey’. Playing with individual stories, we will share tips and tricks for strengthening story structure, and explore pace and balance in telling. This workshop will help you develop confidence in speaking and telling, through understanding of the material and the story sequence.

Storytelling Sunday: Through Different Eyes - Sunday 12th November, 10am – 4.30pm, The Mansion House, Totnes

This workshop will explore story from the perspective of different characters, and from members of the audience. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike.

We will use a Norse myth to explore how different characters might live, feel, and act, and discuss how this can enrich our telling. We will then walk individual stories from the perspective of the villain, the hero, the maiden and any number of other human and non-human characters, and share our findings! Used with care and measure, these techniques can bring empathy and integrity to a telling. I hope you’ll find different perspectives to use in your own stories.

Storytelling Sunday: Spirits of Place and Time - Sunday 10th December, 10am – 4.30pm, The Mansion House, Totnes

This workshop considers the context of stories: the all-important small details that set the scene. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike.

All too often, stories are told from an indeterminate time and place, ‘once upon a time somewhere in the world’.  How about placing your story in historical time, and actual place? What would they be?

We will play with story in different times and landscapes, talk about honouring the source of a story, and discuss the ethics of telling stories from other places and traditions. We will also (weather permitting) go out into the countryside to explore how to become closer to the landscape of the story you’re telling, and look at the use of detail in storytelling.

For more information visit website

Folk Dimensions North Devon Workshop - Saturday 21 October 2017 - 10.00am - 4.00pm St. Mary's Church Hall, Appledore, North Devon. Why do you play in sessions? ... (or at least take your instrument along and hide at the back!) Is it because you want to have fun, socialise, or to join in with the tunes you've been practicing at home for weeks? For many this is often not the reality. The reality is more like feeling anxious, confused, mouth dry, heart racing,
not sure of the etiquette, intimidated by the standard and speed... a far cry from enjoying yourself!

If this is your experience then Folk Dimensions is the course for you. Like you, Chloe and Sarah are both on that 'confidence' journey and have found ways that work so effectively that now they are active members on the sessions scene, successfully running five North Devon sessions between them. As such, Chloe and Sarah are able to sympathetically address these issues, and by giving you the tools and techniques to overcome your hurdles you too can be sitting on the inner circle of a session smiling, laughing and jamming with the best.

Both with extensive experience as performers and educators, Chloe Bixand Sarah Chedzoy provide a safe and supportive workshop environment for you to explore and stretch your playing for folk sessions and performance, helping to develop a more confident, more dynamic you.
Go to website for more information - telephone 07428 707 193 or email

Exploring Folklore Weekend - Friday 27 October 4.00pm — Sunday 29 October 4.00pm, 2017 Halsway Manor, National Centre for the Folk Arts Halsway Lane, Nr Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD - Tel: 01984 618274 eMail - visit website for more information.

A diverse weekend for anybody who wants to explore or learn more in the field of folklore – as student, participant or exponent. From calendar customs to black dogs, rites of passage to foodways, folklore to fakelore. With collectors old and new, mummers, hobby horses, and the Folkore Society. Talks, hands-on sessions, films, exhibitions, entertainment, question sessions and discussion.

The weekend features Doc Rowe’s collection including his presentation ‘Blood, Booze and Bedlam’, the world famous Potterne Mummers, Mark Norman on Black Dogs, Tom & Barbara Brown on The Hunting of the Earl of Rone and Caroline Oates offering an introduction to The Folklore Society.

JS Arts Workshops

JS Arts Workshops

Here is a view of the courses we will be running in 2018. Pre-bookings have been healthy for next year so please let us know if you have an interest. Even if the course is fully booked we do take names for reserve lists.

Tutor for all courses - Stewart Hardy

23-25 February 2018 Mixed Instrument Fully booked
16-18 March 2018 Fiddle 6 places remaining
18-20 May 2018 Fiddle 5 places remaining
8-10 June 2018 Fiddle 6 places remaining
20-22 July 2018 Mixed Instrument Fully booked
7-9 September 2018 Fiddle 6 Places remaining
19-21 October 2018 Mixed Instrument 4 places remaining
9-11 November 2018 Fiddle 4 places remaining

Courses run from 1.00pm on Friday till 5.00 Sunday. 
2 workshops Friday      (total 3 Hours)
4 workshops Saturday  (total 6 Hours)
4 workshops Sunday     (total 6 Hours)
Informal evening session Friday and Saturday evening

The cost per weekend is £325 which includes tuition, accommodation & all meals, snacks etc.  A deposit of £60 is required to reserve a place.  The remainder of the fee is due 4 weeks before the start of the course.

Our courses are fully residential, which means that once you have paid your fee, you have no need to worry about forking out extra for B&B or meals. All meals, teas, coffees, snacks and fresh fruit are provided in the cost. Special diets are catered for provided due notice has been given.All bedrooms are en-suite, towels are provided.

The tutor provides both the dots and MP3s of what they intend to use for his teaching, this is usually sent at least a week in advance, sometimes earlier. The tunes never have to be learnt but we do like people to listen to and be familiar with the tunes as it is through listening that the aural tradition is passed on.

We only take 9 students per course, as this number allows the tutor to best meet the students needs, in this type of workshop. The level of skills can be fairly wide from lower intermediate to quite advanced, there is something for everyone. If you are unsure then just give Jo a ring and she will help. The courses cannot cater fairly to absolute beginners.

For more information email or telephone 07713760266

Historical Dance Classes Lively historical dance, Playford and other periods, in Barrington Court (National Trust), near Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0NQ. Usually 2nd & 3rd Sundays, 1-4 pm. £5 donation requested, free entry to NT property.

Details from Ann Hinchliffe, telephone 01935 472771 or email

Worth coming along even once for the experience of dancing on a sprung oak floor in a Tudor Great Hall!

Irish Dance - North Devon
I have been Irish dancing for 12 years and reached advanced level. I have performed in numerous shows and public demonstrations. I have recently moved to this area from East Anglia, where I ran and managed my own dance school, and so I'm very keen to continue my passion for Irish dance here in the north Devon area, by either offering lessons or getting involved in some groups or doing some demonstrations/displays. If you would like any further details please don't hesitate to contact me - telephone 07977698939, or email.

Bodhraphonics Celtic drumming for all
We run Bodhran and drumming workshops for groups, clubs, schools, social events and festivals, where people can learn to play a Bodhran or hand drum, and play along to live Celtic and English folk music.
Workshops are lively, informative and good fun. We specialise in group workshops, clubs and working with people with learning or social disabilities. Drums, live music and PA provided. CRB checked, good rates.
For more information, please contact Bruce 07770 567639. Newton Abbot based, and can travel. See also Bodhran Tuition