Postcard from Spain...
Dear Buffalo boys and gals...
Sorry it's been a long time since we were in touch but we have been re-stringing our instruments,tuning up our vocal chords and polishing our shoes ready for the next Autumn tour. But before we finally give up on her, we thought we'd allow Lady Summer one last hurrah by heading on down to Spain where she is beaming over all of us at the La Fuente de Musica Old Time American Music and Song Workshop Week.
This 'learning-holiday' is a glorious,relaxing break for anyone keen to hone their banjo,fiddle,guitar and singing skills in the company of like-minded folk. Along with those of you who signed up after our last newsletter,plus our visiting tutors,Dave Bing,Alice Gerrard and Beverly Smith, we also have a stable full of Buffalo Gals guiding our guests through their,ever-so-gentle,paces to the highlight of the week - a shared showcase,for all.
Please don't be concerned that we are working too hard! There have been at least two gals spotted at the top of a mountain,more good food than you can imagine,a crate of empty wine bottles and plenty of exercise in our private solar-heated pool. So don't worry - we're all OK.
If all of this blantant showing-off is making you wish that you were here then let us assure you, you can be! Join us. We'll be sending regular updates of La Fuente learning-holiday weeks in music and voice as well as dance and now yoga -which we hold throughout the year, in this most beautiful part of Spain.
If you need a final dose of sunshine and laughter before you finally welcome in the chilly winter evenings then the spontaneous amongst you can join the entire Buffalo Gals Stampede dance troupe from 30 October to 2 November here,in Almeria. The El Pilar Dance Festival,30 October-2 November,in the village of El Pilar, was born out of the local dance traditions and explores the social and cultural links amongst dance-forms. It is a fun extended weekend which brings together social and performance dance.
1st November is 'Dia de los Santos'in Spain;a national holiday dedicated to loved ones who have passed away with people taking family picnics to the local cemeteries or getting together for a big family dinner in the evening.This Spanish honouring of the saints of course ties in with the American tradition of celebrating Halloween,the night when all souls are thought to come back and re-visit the earth. We will be celebrating that special Saturday night with a dress-up square dance which everyone can prepare for by coming to the workshop on the Thursday.
Other highlights of the festival include a fiesta on the Sunday with flamenco dancing,ballet and visiting guests from the Sorbas revival of traditional local music and dance.
Workshops will be held in the dance styles of the local area as well,of course, as step-dance sessions taught by our own amazing world-class Stampede dancers.
For details of days/times/prices click on the website gig and events listing here.
For further information about how to get there,where to stay etc. just email Kate Lissauer
or phone direct 00 34 950 165 869
Not wanting to wish the time away, but knowing all good things must come to end - in order to make room for more good things!...the Gals will be packing up their suitcases and heading home in November for our Autumn tour - courtesy of our wonderful friends at Take Artand at Live and Local/Shindig the Gals will be found at the following venues,waiting to welcome you in:
8 November Chilthorne Domer Recreation Centre,nr.Yeovil
14 November Wayford Village Hall,Crewkerne
15 November Kingson Village Hall,Somerset
19 November The Fleece,Bretforton,nr.Evesham
21 November Milleunnium Community Centre,Moreton,Staffs.
22 November Tansley Village Hall,Matlock,Derbyshire
23 November Breadsall Memorial Hall,Derbyshire
We're looking forward to it, so join us - please do.