Roguery English Country Dance and Music Weekend, including the Rogue’s Ball

Fri 26th-Sun 28th April, 2019, Hobart Tasmania

Rogue’s Ball

SAT 27th APR ’19, 7:30-11:30

From the USA via the National Folk Festival, for the first time in Australia, the Roguery trio is composed of three highly versatile veteran musicians that have come together to enchant dancers and listeners alike. Their arrangements range from strictly traditional to soaring flights of imagination and improvisation. They have recorded 6 CDs, and have become favourites at events throughout the USA and England. The band’s varied influences include English, contra, early music, classical, Breton, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Galician, French, Balkan, jazz-fusion, Greek, and a variety of song traditions.  See: rogueryband.com.

Concert, Singing Workshops, Music Workshops, Dances and Dance Workshops

A whole weekend of roguery, with fantastic workshops and dances:

ACTIVITYTIMEARTISTSDESCRIPTION
Friday 26th April
Roguery in concert7:30-9:30pmRoguery, perhaps with demo danceFrom the USA via the National Folk Festival, for the first time in Australia, the Roguery trio is composed of three highly versatile veteran musicians that have come together to enchant dancers and listeners alike. Their arrangements range from strictly traditional to soaring flights of imagination and improvisation. They have recorded 6 CDs, and have become favourites at events throughout the USA and England. The band’s varied influences include English, contra, early music, classical, Breton, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Galician, French, Balkan, jazz-fusion, Greek, and a variety of song traditions.
Saturday 27th April
English Country Dancing: Lyrical to Boisterous, Silly to Sublime11:00-1:00Brooke Friendly and RogueryExperience the variety of texture and mood as well as the qualities of movement and phrasing distinct to English country dances old and new.  No dancing experience or partner required.
(Lunch)1:00-2:30
Impropriety – the dances of Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett2:30-5:00Brooke Friendly and RogueryEnjoy a whole session focusing on the dances of Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett, published in Impropriety volumes 1-6, and perhaps some new, unpublished dances. Come dance to the great tunes—old and new—that have inspired the figures, phrasing, progressions, and nuances that are the signature of this duo’s work.  No dancing experience or partner required.
(Dinner)5:00-7:30Brooke Friendly(with a callers’/organisers’ table for anyone interested in chatting about dance calling or organising.)
Rogue’s Ball – English Country Dance + Contra7:30-11:30pmBrooke Friendly and RogueryRaucous to serene trad-inspired music by Roguery (USA).  A dance party with English country dance, contra, and ceilidh style dances.  All dances taught.  No dancing experience or partner required. 
Sunday 28th April
Singing in a Circle10:00-11:30Shira KammenSing rounds, canons, catches, and other forms using musical imitation from the 12th to 17th centuries. The pieces will range from the simple and sweet to the complex and rich. For anyone who likes to sing, experienced and otherwise.  Shira is one of a rare class of musicians that elevate the musicianship of those around her with her astonishing virtuosity and imagination. She is constantly performing and teaching nationally and internationally with the elite of the music world.
Beyond Boom Chuck: Accompaniment10:00-11:30Dave BartleyExpanding the kinds of backup done by rhythm players, for dances and other settings.  It is difficult to count the number of bands of which Dave Bartley is a member.  He plays mandolin, guitar, cittern, and numerous other plucked string instruments.  He can provide a quiet foundation, inject a fiery driving rhythm, or pull wicked licks out of thin air
Galician music10:00-11:30Jim OakdenLearn some wonderful tunes from Celtic Spain with some cultural background, including some commentary on playing them for dances.  Jim is a master multi-instrumentalist.
Dancing the Whole Dance10:00-11:30Brooke Friendly and  Deanna DeversExperience dancing all roles in a dance. Enjoy a variety of fun, accessible English country dances while we play with global/positional terminology — a great way to build community and learn (and dance) the whole dance.   No dancing experience or partner required.
(Morning tea)11:30-12:30
Popular Music of the English Renaissance12:00-1:30Shira KammenExplore the wit, humour and melancholy of the High Renaissance in England. We’ll look at dance melodies, ballads, madrigals, rounds, drinking, love, and newsworthy songs from a number of different sources: ‘Pills to Purge Melancholy’, Ravenscroft, Playford, Shakespeare’s plays, among others.
The Broad Church of Contra Music12:00-1:30Dave BartleyTo its Celtic base, modern contra dance music adds inspiration from all sorts of genres – Quebecois, Cape Breton, rock and roll, jazz, techno and even TV theme songs and symphonic music.  Dave Bartley has written hundreds of tunes and played with numerous bands in various genres.  He’ll use this workshop as an excuse to indulge in an eclectic menu of tunes and influences.  All musicians welcome, with no intent to play for dances required.
Not Everything in 3 is a Waltz12:00-1:30Jim OakdenExplore the mysterious world of mazurkas, hambos, bourees and more.  Jim started playing piano and clarinet at an early age and stumbled into early music from the classical music scene, from whence he discovered the world of traditional and ethnic music. Having diverse tastes (or a short attention span), he performs on an absurd number of instruments, from accordion to zurna (to name a few). A dancer himself, he specializes in playing for dancers in a bunch of bands and genres.  This workshop is best for music readers.
Dance Here Now12:00-1:30Brooke Friendly and Deanna DeversDance, laugh, and experiment as we focus on dancing rather than dances. Build learning, helping, and partnering skills.  Be ready to accept mistakes as an opportunity to get better at recovering. Dance more, worry less. No dancing experience or partner required.
(Lunch)1:30-3:00Brooke FriendlyBrooke Friendly will lead a callers’/organisers’ chat, focussing on the topics from her two Sunday morning workshops. People may have some specific questions about what they experienced in that morning.
Rogue’s Farewell3:00-5:00Brooke Friendly and RogueryA final chance to dance to the raucous to sublime music of Roguery, featuring the English / American connection – exploring the blurred area between what is defined as English Country Dance and Contra (American) dance (and a little dash of Scottish) — figures and styling that have crossed genres.  No dancing experience or partner required.

See weekend schedule below.

Further details to be confirmed (and this page revamped after the Cygnet folk festival)!

Tickets: trybooking.com/BADSB