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A message from Adrian Bull

I Co-Host the 'Roots and Shoots' radio show on Phonic.fm based in Exeter. I specialise in playing all things folk(ish) and am particularly keen to promote local artists and events/clubs. If you are a musician and would like me to play some of your music on the show, or even come on as a guest, then I would love to hear from you. I am also keen to have promoters, folk club organisers on the programme.


Dartmoor Step Dancing Project - Message from Project Coordinator Lisa Sture - Taking Steps: Discovering & Enjoying Our Dartmoor Stepdance Heritage
You may be wondering ... Why are we doing this project?

Stepdancing is a form of dancing where the feet tap out a rhythm to music and is allied to, but not the same as, clog dancing and a forerunner of Tap Dancing. Specifically what defines the tradition has not been studied. However, it was a popular social pastime, as well as a competitive activity involving prize money, something that would have been keenly fought over.

It is reported that at one time there were pubs on Dartmoor where 'everyone' was stepdancing, and there were a good number of villages across Dartmoor that held an annual stepdance competition.

These days it is not often that you will see someone stood on the traditional small board doing Dartmoor Stepdancing. If you go to the 3rd Monday music session at the King's Arms, S Zeal you may do, if you go to the Annual Dartmoor Folk Festival you definitely will, but apart from that it is a rare sight. How things have changed!

The Dartmoor Folk Festival was started by renowned Dartmoor folk musician Bob Cann in 1978. He wanted to help revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor, and in particular, the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area. It has done well, and for the last 33 years there have been both stepdancing workshops and a competition. During this time the number of stepdancers has grown, and interest has grown too.

How did the decline of stepdancing happen? It happened before mobile phones and the distractions of modern technology. Les Rice used to say it was when World War II started in 1939. This, along with many other thing,s like whether women competed in the competitions, we don't know. So research is the focus of the first part of the project. We are searching out all the records we can find across the country to do with Dartmoor Stepdancing, so we can so piece together more facts, steps, stories and music of the tradition.

We are hoping to find people who remember stepdancing from more than 30 years ago, or who knew the older stepdancers, and record their memories. These interviews will enrich our knowledge and inform the development of stepdancing into the future.

www.dartmoorstepdance.org.uk
This is the year we invite you to join in the fun!
dartmoorstepdancing@gmail.com telephone 07971148531


November at The Bicton Inn - 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU - Click on link for more information

Thursday 2nd November 8.30pm - Bicton Folk Session
Saturday 4th November 5.00pm - Martin Weller
Saturday 4th November 9.00pm - Los No Boss
Sunday 5th November 5.00pm - Nigel Challis
Thursday 9th November 9.00pm - Open Mic Night
Saturday 11th November 5.00pm - Reefs of Moonshine.
Sunday 12th November 5.00pm - Fire Exit featuring Martin Nichols
Thursday 16th November 8.30pm - Open Folk Session with Becky Brooks
Saturday 18th November 5.00pm - Sarah Corser & Megan Edlin
Sunday 19th November 5.00pm - Guy Somerfield
Thursday 23rd November 8.30pm - Bicton Folk Night
Saturday 25th November 5.00pm - Music Saturday Artist to be announced
Sunday 26th November 5.00pm - Tim Royce & Steve Songi
Thursday 30th November 9.00pm - Ladies Night


Filing Room Sessions - “An eclectic music show for musicians, music fans and music event organisers” Read more..
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The Mike Harding Folk Show - an hour plus show of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music every Sunday at 5.00pm and also available 24/7