When we're out playing we so often get asked how we've ended up doing what we do, how did we get started in this style of music and dance, what's it like being in a band; where the High Lonesome sound came from and how come it is accompanied so often by the still-growing phenomenon of Appalachian step-dance.
As any of you who have come to a gig will know, we are passionate about the music, the singing and the dance and will, given half a chance, spend the whole evening telling you the answer to all of the above, and more... and now we're pleased as pleased can be to show you a short film all about Buffalo Gals Stampede - the band and the dancers - and the history of our great loves, which we do hope you will share.
See our new documentary film right here on your screen: click now!
Has that got your toes itching? Or maybe you're more of a singer? A musician? ...or all three.
Well now is the time to give it a go. Our band leader, Kate Lissauer, has been instrumental (pun intended!) in setting up Old Time Country Music workshop weeks and Dance Weeks in the beautiful privacy of La Fuente in Andalucia, Spain.
Designed to be non-profit to keep the costs low, Kate and her fellow teachers and workshop leaders have quietly been developing an honing a series of holidays of a lifetime; music, voice and dance in a private casa, with solar-heated pool, surround by like-minded people in the foothills of the mountains -take a look
As well as offering Dance Weeks and Music Weeks to all who would like to join us we have been lucky enough to enjoy a growing friendship with the local Sorbas music and dance revivalist, The Cuadrilla del Maestro Galvez. A common and bonding interest in breathing new life into traditional and sometimes neglected art forms. Our music weeks always include a visit from the Cuadrilla as well, this spring, lessons in banjo and guitar from renowned multi-instrumentalists Dave Bing, Ben Townsend and Joff Lowson.
Our own Kate Lissauer will be hosting voice workshops with Rose Ardon - and we promise, hand on heart, they are the most supportive and non-threatening singing sessions you will ever experience.
The next La Fuente Old Time Country Music week - with Percussive Step Dance classes too - taught by our very own Sibs Riesen and beginners ukulele from our own Sue Clare - will be held 23-30th May so we do hope you will consider taking trip to sunny Spain: we haven't even had time to mention the social life, showcase, party and delicious food. click here
So... back home now: coming up is a busy and very exciting spring with some early opportunities to not only catch the Stampede in action, but to join a workshop, before the show, with the Stampede dancers in March - at the David Hall in Somerset.
For full details, see the gig list section: but heading your way in the next few weeks...
28 February - Buffalo Gals Stampede at the IVFDF 2015, Exeter click here
7 March - Buffalo Gals Stampede @ The David Hall, South Petherton
13 March - Buffalo Gals @ Goatshurst Village Hall, Somerset
14 March - Buffalo Gals @ Tintinhull Village Hall, Somerset
24 April - Buffalo Gals @ Dilton Marsh Village Hall, Wiltshire
25 April - Buffalo Gals @ Seend Community Centre, Wiltshire
More news about Buffalo Gals return to Live&Local midlands territory soon - plus our upcoming appearances at Priston Festival, Golowan and Cornish Bluegrass festival.
Watch this space...and follow the gig list on this page
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