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For beginners and those who find the usual session a bit too fast
More details at Norwich Slow Session including music notation for download
All melody instruments welcome.
You hear it a lot these days – the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts – and yet there’s really no better way to describe the musical essence of Good Lovelies. Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks – immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right; however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony – powerful and pure, organic and inspiring – that elevates Good Lovelies from impressive to peerless.
A new BBC 4 TV Programme - For Folk's Sake: Morris Dancing and Me will be shown on Sunday 31st March at 2.55am and Monday 1st April at 9pm
I have just heard about this programme and hope you see this message before Monday 1st April as, judging from the BBC trailer for the programme (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p074rfsv ) it looks like it could be worth watching. It seems to cover a bit of Morris history, the usual speculation about origins (is it called Morris because it sounds like “mores” when pronounced in a Chaucerian fashion?), as well as an insight into the challenge of learning the mysteries of the “one, two three hop” double step. It raises the question of how to save an ageing generation of Morris dancers from extinction and wonders whether the solution is to encourage people other than men to dance the Morris (no, really, it does! Imagine, whatever next?).
Moulton Morris Men at Thaxted Ring meeting 2014
As the programme goes to Thaxted to interview dancers as well as audience you can imagine how some of the issues are addressed but it also goes to Bampton and meets a young dancer from Moulton Morris.
The BBC press release for the programme goes as follows;
BRILLIANT international singer and multi-instrumentalist Sofie Reed is coming to Maldon, Essex early next month for the latest in a successful series of concerts in the town's historic Blue Boar Hotel.
Sofie grew up in Ludvika, Sweden, but now gigs worldwide from her base in Buffalo Creek, Colorado, USA. She is currently touring in Europe and agreed to extend the UK leg of her tour to fit in BATB Promotions' latest Maldon show. Sofie left Ludvika, Sweden, aged 18 in 1987 and settled in Minneapolis, USA, where Sheila Charles - daughter of the legendary Ray Charles - hired her as a backing singer. That led to recording sessions and performances with her ex-husband, fingerstyle guitarist Preston Reed, before she quit Minneapolis for Colorado.
She's a self-taught one-woman-band who sings, plays harmonica, mountain dulcimer, lap steel guitar and other instruments - all the time stomping her foot on an old wooden wine box to provide a strong beat. Over three decades, she has evolved as a vocalist, composer and one-of-a-kind musical visionary, with a style that encompasses roots-blues, folk-blues and Appalachian roots.
For more information about Sofie Reed, along with video and audio clips, visit www.sofiereed.com