Free TUTORIALS (On-line resources)
• Village Dances • Morris • Clog •
An On-line Introduction to Traditional English Dances
Learn how to get the most out of workshops, ceilidhs and dance performances.
Please note that this resource includes Quicktime movie files which may take a while to download.
Content includes video clips, music notation (pdf), text and diagrams
plus notes for callers, for musicians playing for the dances and for teachers
• Folk Fiddle Tutorials •
These Web pages prepared by Geoff Bowen for Yorkshire Dales Workshops provide help with learning to play folk fiddle music. They includes video clips, sound recordings and music notation, with information and advice on basic techniques and approaches to learning. See below for an accompanying folk fiddle book which you can buy on line.
PDF library (Free download) Yorkshire Fiddle Tunes and Dances
Geoff and Liz Bowen
A selection of tunes and dances from Yorkshire traditions.
PDF library (Free download) The Fiddle in Southern England
A selection of fiddle tunes from the Southern English traditions.
PDF library (Free download) Dances and Tunes from Provence, Morvan and the Alpes
A collection of 19 detailed dance descriptions with specific tunes from musician and puppeteer, Gilbert Carrère.
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How to Play Folk Fiddle - Book + on-line resources
by Geoff Bowen. ISBN : 1 897925 01 8
This publication is an introduction to the fiddle playing traditions of England, Scotland, Shetland and Ireland. It includes helpful suggestions for complete beginners on the instrument, as well as detailed information on regional and individual styles, musical interpretation, and performance technique, for more experienced players. Accompanying audio and video resources are available free on this site.
Traditional Dances of Brittany I - Danses Bretonnes Traditionnelles I
Traditional Dances of Brittany II -Danses Bretonnes Traditionnelles II
DVD videos of 17 Breton dances in English et en Français
taught by Yves Leblanc with Mike James on the melodeon
enseignées par Yves Leblanc avec la participation de Mike James à l’accordéon diatonique
Music and Dances from Sweden - Book & CD
from a number of contributors including Haxornas Brygd, Emma Tibell, Felicity Paterson, Lennart Melgren
An anthology with the music and dance notation of 25 dances and 55 tunes covering a variety of Swedish traditions and with an accompanying CD.
Tunes, Songs and Dances from the 1798 Manuscript of Joshua Jackson
North Yorkshire cornmiller and musician
New edition - Volume 1
Published and presented by Bowen & Shepherd.
Joshua Jackson was a North Yorkshire cornmiller and musician who compiled a book of one hundred and fifty pages containing more than 500 handwritten tunes, songs and dances. This book presents a selection of 190 tunes, songs and dances from the 1798 Manuscript. There is also research on the family history, and Music & Dancing in Jackson's time, together with detailed dance descriptions. Some of the tunes, songs and airs in the Manuscript can be found on 'The Millers' Jig' CD.
New publication - Volume 2 Mr Joshua Jackson . Book 1798
Published & presented by Robin & Rosalind Shepherd
This volume contains over 300 tunes from Joshua Jackson’s book including country dance tunes, 4/4 & 3/2 hornpipes, reels, jigs, minuets, allemandes and marches, many of which are accompanied by dance instructions. A variety of songs are also included amongst the pages, romantic, patriotic and humorous.
The Miller's Jig : Magnetic North (YDW CD 005)
Dance tunes, songs and airs from the 1798 North Yorkshire cornmiller and musician, Joshua Jackson. The material from this CD can be found in the music and dance book of the 1798 Manuscript.
produced with support from Heritage Lottery and Arts Council funding
Songs from Home - CD
Yorkshire Folk Songs arranged for community choirs - book of notation and lyrics plus a learning CD
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