6th March 2014 – Teacher Training Session – Halsway Manor, Somerset TA4 4BD – details for this are still being finalised but should be available very soon
Phew! Another Maypole season draws to a close. There were 24 Maypole events of one type or another in just over three months plus a quite a few that I passed onto colleagues. I had everything from Brownie packs, often as part of their Dancer Badge, to a Family Fun Day for 900 people and a Corporate Team Building Day with 3 Maypoles and 4 of us working with nearly 150 employees of one company.
The book in its draft form has been well received and sold out its initial print run so a reprint was needed before we get the full published version out sometime in the Autumn. One slight delay is because so few were able to take advantage of the free upgrade offer for supplying images. Sales of Maypoles and Ribbons continued as a major activity, often linking with introductory sessions of some sort.
The four teacher training events in Yorkshire, St Albans, Kent and Cambridge all went well and got very favourable feedback so there are plans to ensure that these become a regular feature. If you would like an event near you then contact me and let’s see if we can arrange one for you.
The big increase this year was in interactive performance events whether working with children and parents at School Events, Local Fetes, Hotel promotions, Folk Festivals or students at UAL, formerly Chelsea College of Arts. The event in Chelsea, on May Day itself has provided a possible template for the future and one that can be adapted for festival use.
Schools Events and Teacher Inset sessions continued but with slightly less than in previous years, but then last year had been a big year with the Jubilee and maybe the uncertain financial situation for many schools had an impact as well. These will also be available through the re-vamped Tradamis web site which will be worth a look for other related activities.
Some of the pre-production CD’s were supplied without a track listing. Here are the details I promised:
Quicksilver – Maypole Madness
Track Listing and Tunes
|1||Barbers Pole||Father Kelly*,Sweets of May*|
|2||Chrysanthemum 2||Trallee Gaol (in book), Five Foot Two|
|3||Cobweb||Mr Cosgill’s Delight (in book),Bacca Pipes*|
|4||Plaits||The Banks of Loch Gowna*, Dusty Windowsill*|
|5||Silkstream – Ravel||Bill Cheatems, Fishers Hornpipe|
|6||Silkstream – Parade||Juice of Barley*|
|7||Helter Skelter||Force d’Hercule, Kemps Jig*|
|8||Twister||Morrison’s Jig, The Kesh (in book), Rakes of Kildare (in book)|
|9||Clog Branle||Clog Branle (in book)|
|10||Washerwoman’s Branle||Washerwoman’s Branle (in book)|
|11||Sellenger’s Round||Sellenger’s Round (in Book)|
|12||Chrysanthemum 1||Somerset Polka,Astley’s Ride (in book), Iron Legs|
|13||Ark Lark||Little Brown Jug (in book)|
|14||Circassian Circle||Catharsis, Dinky’s|
* Those marked with an asterisk are available in sheet music form on request
Pre-publication versions of Mike’s new book should be available by Easter. Purchase one of these, fill in a short evaluation and you will automatically get a free brand new one when they are published, hopefully in the autumn.
A brand new CD of Maypole music by Quicksilver is nearing completion and should be available by Easter. Lively and varied and based on tracks from other bands that Mike has been using for years. Quicksilver contain some of the finest musicians in the country and were enjoying themselves; possibly a little different from what you have heard before