Season's Greeting to all our Buffalo Friends ...
That will be the 'season' of music Festivals and summertime touring - oh hooray!. Also a warm welcome indeed to our new mailing list members. Quite a few of you have recently joined our mailing list and we really appreciate you giving us a little space in your Inbox. We know how much unwanted email people get and that your time is precious, so thank you!
The spring's light evenings started with the pleasure of touring in the glorious South West, being hosted by the village communities of Goatshurst and Tintinhull in Somerset, followed a jump just over the border to Dilton Marsh and Seend in Wiltshire. Thank you all for such fun-filled evenings and friendly receptions. The work that your promoters put into making these gigs a success is noted and appreciated by us.
Most of us will be in southern Spain in late May for our specialist workshop holiday week!
Our special guests at La Fuente Old-Time Music Week click here this May are Dave Bing and Ben Townsend from West Virginia, teaching banjo and fiddle. Additionally, Sooz will be teaching ukulele, Johnny takes two banjo classes, one for beginners, and one for his unique fingerpicking style. Kate is joined by Rose Ardon in leading a community singing group, and may help fiddle students. Joff teaches guitar and Wernick method jamming. Plus Sibs will teach our first percussive dance class!
The May holiday week is fully booked now but, fear not, we have another one planned in late September. As well as Kate, Johnny, Joff and some of the other Gals, our guest teachers will include Beverly Smith and John Grimm. La Fuente is a wonderful place. In addition to filling your desire to learn and share music, song and dance in a beautiful environment, you will no doubt want to take advantage of the solar pool, the great food and wine and the many opportunities to walk the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The dates for the next La Fuente Old-Time Music week are September 26 to October 3 and you can find out lots more, or enrol, by going to www.lafuenteholidays.com Enrolment has begun so if you'd like to know more please just get in touch, making sure we have your phone number, through the website or email@example.com
If you're not able to join us in Spain in May then we do hope you'll come up and say 'howdy' at one of the upcoming gigs before we depart (see 'Gigs & Events' list on this page) The Gals are saddlin' up and headin' north(ish) to visit the good folk of Worcester, Redditch, Chesterfield and Worksop:
May 3rd: Worcester Arts Workshop 7.30pm click here
May 8th: Upper Town Social Club, Derbyshire 8pm click here
May 9th: Whitwell Community Centre, nr. Worksop 7.30pm click here
This is also the first opportunity of the summer season to see the new Buffalo Gals 'Stampede' show; all 10 musicians and dancers will be at:
Feckenham, nr. Redditch at 7.30pm on Sunday 10th May so book your Stampede tickets now.
When we return from Spain we will be heading full on into the festival season, so keep an eye on the website'Gigs & Events' list for details of the following festival gigs:
24 June: Golowan Festival in Penzance, Cornwall click here for details & ticket
3 July: Frome Festival in Somerset
18 Sept: Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Newquay - Buffalo Gals on Friday night
19 Sept: Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Newquay - 'Stampede' on Saturday night
20 Sept: Priston Festival, Nr. Bath, Somerset - 'Stampede' gig
Kate Lissauer has a special (special because she doesn't appear solo very often) festival appearance all of her own at the Stonehaven Folk Festival the weekend of July 10-12. Click here If you're in Scotland or have been looking for a reason to visit this extraordinary, stunning and most special part of our great island then this surely has to be it.
Kate will be participating in the American music concert programme, as well as teaching beginners' step-dance (Yes, it should be Sibs, but Kate will have to manage on her own somehow). And as if that wasn't enough...Johnny Whelan will be teaching clawhammer banjo workshop there too.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Just announced: Buffalo Gal Sibs is to run a percussive step-dance workshop during the Frome Festival, on Saturday July 4.
To be held at the Merlin Theatre from midday-1.30pm, this workshop in Appalachian flatfoot dancing is open to all - even complete beginners - as Sibs will teach the basics, up to the four sounds for more advanced dancers. The focus will be on dance as a percussive instrument, although the joy of flatfooting is that it allows the dancer to 'freestyle' to the music - meaning you get to make it up as the mood takes you.
Only £7 (£5 for students) Get in touch with Sibs to know more at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for giving us this space in your busy lives, for continuing to come to our gigs, for buying our CDs and for adding to the joy of being a Buffalo Gal. We hope to see you soon; we're always happy to hear from you - so drop us an email or come up and say 'hi' any time you're in town.
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