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Tuesday 1st January 2019  The year gets off to a great start at OTFORD FDC. The programme included MIDNIGHT HAZE (to be published in the HAREWOOD HAZE collection later this year) with Anne playing her original tune on descant recorder.  Another caller at this event has asked Anne if he can use some of her tunes for dances he has written.

Thursday 3
rd January 2019  Anne played MENA’S MINUET(from the HAREWOOD HEIGHTS collection) for the dancers at TOUCHSTONE FDC.
We are booked to call again on 2
nd May.

Friday 11th January 2019  BECKENHAM FDC - always a pleasure to visit this club (coffee offered on arrival!).  The evening began with GERONTIOS (from the BOX SET collection) and included ENNA (from the HAREWOOD HEIGHTS collection) with Anne playing her tunes on flute.

ednesday 16th January 2019  Another good evening at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB with RAT ON A STICK - a three-piece this time with a fiddler augmenting box and guitar.  The programme included JIM JAM JUMP (from the 2011 collection).

riday 18th January 2019  Janette will be running the London Marathon this year.  As part of her fundraising, friends gathered at RAYLEIGH MILL HALL to enjoy an evening that included BARLEYLANDS (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection).

Friday 25th January 2019  BURNS NIGHT at RAF WITTERING for MANOR HOOSE CEILIDH BAND.  They knew how to STRIP THE WILLOW.

Tuesday 29th January 2019  BILLERICAY FDC cancelled their meeting this evening; heavy snow predicted.

Saturday 2
nd February 2019  BURNS NIGHT at ABBEY SCHOOL, Woodbridge.  7th year for Sibby, 3rd year for MANOR HOOSE CEILIDH BAND.  This was possibly the best one ever - from the start with GAY GORDONS to the final AULD LANG SYNE.

Tuesday 12th February 2019  YE OLDE SMACK (from the GALLIMAUFRY collection) featured at CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS.
Wednesday 13th February 2019  GRAND CEILIDH CLUB with CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND.  Another great evening - and a great vocal rendition during the SEASIDE DANCE by the impromptu GCC choir.

Friday 22
nd February 2019  Third event for SNAC in Grays, Essex.  The HAPPY CLAPPERs (dance in the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection) included the latest member of the ANNETHEBAND fan club!

Sunday 3rd March 2019  The SUNDAY SAUNTER in WIDFORD was revelatory, including the visit to DOLPHINARIUM (from the NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN collection)

Wednesday 20th March 2019  Anne augmented RAT ON A STICK for the NETHERWYKE JIG (from the forthcoming NETHERWYKE DANCES collection) at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB.

Saturday 23rd March 2019  COTTON REELS played for the OWLS BARN DANCE in SIDCUP - beginning with VIRGINIA REEL (included in Sibby’s FAVOURITES collection).

Saturday 30th March 2019  CHINGFORD FDC dance with FOREST BAND - augmented by ANNE for MENA’S MINUET (from the HAREWOOD HEIGHTS collection) et al.  Lesley and partner came; their first time at a folk dance.  Lesley says they intend to come to as many of my dance evenings as possible.

Tuesday 2nd April 2019  Lesley and partner came again - this time to BILLERICAY FDC where a gallant attempt was made at Ron Coxall’s PORTCULLIS.

riday 12th April 2019 2nd visit to LAINDON COMMUNITY CENTRE - this time with Anne - and a packed hall.  THREE AROUND THREE was much enjoyed, especially by those who opted for the renaissance-style turn.

ednesday 17th April 2019  First time for MANORCROFT at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB: the music was delightfully played and caused many feet to tp in anticipation for
BUTTERED PEAS (included in Sibby’s BARN DANCE collection).  Anne (half of Manorcroft) also starred in the interval spot as half of HAREWOOD and a beautiful original arrangement of SCARBOROUGH FAIR.
Wednesday 17
th April 2019  First time for MANORCROFT at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB: the music was delightfully played and caused many feet to tp in anticipation for BUTTERED PEAS (included in Sibby’s BARN DANCE collection).  Anne (half of Manorcroft) also starred in the interval spot as half of HAREWOOD and a beautiful original arrangement of SCARBOROUGH FAIR.

Saturday 27th April 2019 First time for HAREWOOD at ST ANDREWS FDC dance in Enfield: ROCHDALE COCONUT DANCE featured as a prelude. As the evening progressed, bunnies congregated across the stage (and some joined in the dancing!).  Message from organiser: Thanks for a delightful evening of music on Saturday evening.  It was great to have such a professional band. Everyone appreciated the chance to dance to a band with a different range of instruments.  It was lovely to  dance to some of your own compositions.  We all enjoyed the musical interludes.

Sunday 28
 April 2019  FLAUTISTA played as the star guests at the HIGHWOOD COMMUNITY CHOIR concert with jazz and pop selections including Kerenza’s arrangement of YOU RAISE ME UP.

Monday 29th April 2019  HAREWOOD HAZE (book 31 in the Palantir series) is published today.  It features original dances (by Anne & Sibby) to original tunes (composed and played by Anne & Harewood).  Some of these dances will be included in one of Sibby’s workshops at Broadstairs Folk Week in August.

Wednesday 1st May 2019  CARPE DIEM - an afternoon social gathering in Basildon - were seized by VIRGINIA REEL.

Thursday 2
nd May 2019  Dancers at TOUCHSTONE FDC enjoyed Roger Diggle’s
ROLL IN THE HEY at the start of an evening that also premiered NETHERWYKE BUBBLE (from the NETHERWYKE DANCES collection; with an original tune played by Anne on penny whistle).

day 4th May 2019  NETHERWYKE DANCES (book 32 in the Palantir series) is published today.  It features original dances (by Anne & Sibby) to original tunes (composed and played by Anne & Harewood).  Some of these dances will be included in one of Sibby’s workshops at Broadstairs Folk Week in August.

Saturday 11
th May 2019  12th year at SHOTGATE COMMUNITY HALL - always a great evening, especially with
SWEDISH MASQUERADE in the programme AND with Anne playing for PAVILION WALTZ.
Next year’s event is already booked - for 25th April.

ednesday 15th May 2019  On the 298th anniversary of the first day Britain had a Prime Minister,
LADY WALPOLE’S REEL started the evening at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB.  Music came from Musicmakers, with Anne joining Dennis & Christine for MIDNIGHT HAZE.

The CDSS (the American equivalent of EFDSS) has included two of Sibby's dances in an article published in May 2019 detailing the history and development of the 'Dolphin Hey'.  The dances are WINDHOVER (from the Inscape collection) and DOLPHINARIUM (from Nineteen to the Dozen).

The article is in the CDSS online journal https://www.cdss.org/programs/cdss-news-publications/cds-online

Saturday 1st June 2019  Pitsea Bowls Club enjoyed HAPPY CLAPPER (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE COLLECTION) and Anne’s delightful PAVILION WALTZ (from COBALT).  

uesday 4th June 2019  MARKS TEY FDC danced PUDDINGSTONE (from the TRIFOLIA collection) - which is appropriate as the nave at St Andrews Church (the club meets in the Church Hall) is partly constructed of puddingstone.

aturday 8th June 2019  The usual manic evening of reeling at GREAT HORMEAD - where there were many DASHING WHITE SERGEANTs!

ednesday 19th June 2019  The heavy rain did not deter the dancers at BANWOOD FDC - the regulars were there and several newcomers.  They loved Anne’s MEDLEY of Shaker’s Hymn/Early One Morning/Rochdale Coconut Dance/Rakes of Mallow - and the dance MEDDLING (first ever performance).

aturday 22nd June 2019  Multi-event party in BILLERICAY - 60th wedding anniversary and 90th birthday.  The inter-generational span made a barn dance the best entertainment for the evening - and ANNE & SIBBY began with VIRGINIA REEL.

uesday 25th June 2019  One negotiates the WIDFORD ROUNDABOUT en route to CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS - where one negotiated the WIDFORD ROUNDABOUT!

Friday 28th June 2019  Chelmsford Folk Dancers Midsummer Lawn Dance - at the Winder residence in Great Baddow - welcomed the warm weather and GERONTIOS (from the BOX SET collection).  CUTTY SARK (from the CLUB SANDWICH collection) was included in the programme to mark the 173rd anniversary of the patenting of the saxophone.

aturday 29
th June 2019  Return visit to Bawborough for the NORWICH FRIDAY FOLK SATURDAY DANCE. As ever, a high standard of dancing; and also a high standard of musicianship as Anne played for MENA’S MINUET.

Tuesday 2nd July 2019  BILLERICAY FDC made PILGRIMS PROGRESS (from the forthcoming TRIFOLIA collection) to music played by Anne.

Saturday 6th July 2019  Great evening at great notley for CiGN: cartwheels in CLOPTON BRIDGE; octogenarian Jennifer as a HAPPY CLAPPER; and mexican waves in MARCHING TO NETHERWYKE (with Anne on flute).

ednesday 10th July 2019  On this day in the year 1040, a long-haired beauty rode naked through the streets to force her husband, Earl Leofric, to reduce heavy taxation on the people of Coventry. On this day in 2019, dancers at the GRAND CEILIDH CLUB re-enacted the event (not nakedly!) in Hugh Rippon’s LADY GODIVA’S GALLOP.

TRIFOLIA - book 34 in the PALANTIR series published. 12 dances devised by Sibby with specific dance clubs in mind, all to original tunes by Anne.

Wednesday 24th July 2019  On the first full day for a new Prime Minister, the GRAND CEILIDH CLUB danced NEW PARLIAMENT HOUSE JIG (also known as Changing The Prime Minister) - a dance by John Colville from Australia.  MANORCROFT provided the music for dancing, with ANNE & KERENZA entertaining the assembly with wonderful flute duets during the nterval.

Thursday 25th July 2019  Party night at TOUCHSTONE FDC and the dancing stars danced the WIVENHOE STARS (included in the TRIFOLIA collection) to the tune ‘Runsell Green’  written & played by Anne.

Friday 26th July 2019  BECKENHAM FDC: always a great evening, with a high standard of dancing.  We started too soon (!) with AUGUST from the HAREWOOD HEIGHTS collection.

Saturday 27
th July 2019  Long session at Rawreth Village Hall for a family birthday party: barn dance from 2-5pm (inclding PAVILION WALTZ from the COBALT collection); DJ from 5-9pm with favourite tracks for new septuagenarian Glynis.

Saturday 3rd August 2019  16th visit to Brocken Hurst, Swanley for yet another great evening there. We began with VIRGINIA REEL (from the FAVOURITES collection), and later in the programme Anne thrilled all with her playing of the flute.  Next year’s event is already booked!

BROADSTAIRS FOLK WEEK August 10th to 13th 2019

Saturday morning: welcome dance with DAMPIER’S ROUND.  WASHINGTON QUICKSTEP was the first.

Saturday evening: anglo-scottish dance with DAMPIER’S ROUND - from JAMAICA to ST ANDREW’S FAIR.

Sunday’s midday workshop with NARROWLIFT featured favourite dances, such as Pat Shaw’s MARGARET’S WALTZ

Sunday’s afternoon workshop with DAMPIER’S ROUND consisted of dances to tunes associated with programmes or adverts on television - the GOGGLE BOX group from the BOX SET collection. It began with CUTTY SARK to the tune ‘Yakety Sax’ that was featured at the end of every Benny Hill Show.

Monday’s workshops were the Harewood Sessions, with Anne supported by Dampier’s Round.  The first one (HAREWOOD HAZE) included HAREWOOD FLIP; the second (NETHERWYKE DANCES) - more challenging - had everybody doing the HAREWOOD DODGE.  Festival Dance Director Madeleine described Anne as ‘brilliant’, and Dampier’s Round thought the tunes so excellent they intend to use them in workshops they run in Worcestershire.

Monday evening was in celebration of the BFW originator, Jack Hamilton.  Sibby and NARROWLIFT had horses dancing BARLEYLANDS (it’s on youtube somewhere).  One of many comments received said “wonderful calling .. thank you so very, very much for the fantastic Jack’s Night you did, your expertise in calling the right dances for such a special evening was wonderful, everyone said it was one of the best, the atmosphere was brilliant

The workshop on Tuesday with NARROWLIFT included the creation of a square dance sequence beginning with half a BUCKET OF WORMS!

Saturday 31st August 2019  ST OLAVE’S VILLAGE HALL for a special dance in remembrance of Freda McIntyre - and the programme included one of Freda’s favourite dances, HANDEL WITH CARE (by Gary Roodman).

Tuesday 3
rd September 2019  BILLERICAY FDC started in ZEALAND and ended in PORTSMOUTH via HAREWOOD.

Saturday 7
th September 2019  First visit to BURNHAM CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB for a barn dance in a marquee in a car park!  It was a great success, right from the start with VIRGINIA REEL.  The club plans to have a repeat next year, perhaps with a barbecue as well.

Sunday 8th September 2019  FLAUTISTA played an excellent set, beginning & ending with "English Country Garden".  The organiser said "Just wanted to thank you again for playing for us today, it was magical !  I know those attending the festival this afternoon had a real treat.  Thanks for your kindness & generosity, your Flautista enhanced our flower festival."
(Suzanne Gaywood, St John's Church, Danbury, Essex, September 2019)

Thursday 12th September 2019  Our first visit to DULWICH FDC in London included visits to PORTSMOUTH, TURKEYand WASHINGTON.  Anne’s playing was much admired, especially in MENA’S MINUET.

uesday 17th September 2019  Urgent phone call this afternoon: caller scheduled for tonight injured, so off we went to Widford for CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS.  We began with CLYWD (by Bill & Milly Chadband) and looked back to AUGUST (from HAREWOOD HEIGHTS - to the tune DANBURY PALACE written & played by Anne). Best wishes to David for a speedy recovery - by Saturday hopefully!

Saturday 21st September 2019  It was AUGUST in september at HAREWOOD HAPPENING with David; Eric conducted a trip on DALLAS ROUTE; Suzanne made all the dancers STEP STATELY; and Sibby travelled to PORTSMOUTH.

Saturday 28th September 2019  Another great harvest supper & dance at BLACK NOTLEY, starting with VIRGINIA REEL (one of our FAVOURITES) and featuring Anne playing HAREWOOD LANDLER.  Next year’s event is already booked for September 26th.

Tuesday 2nd October 2018  A goodly number at BILLERICAY FDC included a potential new member. We also had a new dance, with ANNE playing her composition: RUNSELL GREEN.

Sunday 7th October 2018  WIND UP THE BALL YARN was just one of 20 items at CPRS.

Wednesday 10
th October 2018  Afternoon session at LAINDON COMMUNITY CENTRE: packed floor from the start and much panache in SWEDISH MASQUERADE.  

Saturday 13
 October 2018  Another packed evening at St Michael’s in Daws Heath - eager dancing from the start with VIRGINIA REEL.  In the interval, HAREWOOD entertained, KILLING ME SOFTLY! 

Wednesday 17th October 2018  CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND excelled at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB, and the dancers excelled in STOKE GOLDING - memories of the club’s eggheading strip the willow.

20th October 2018  ANNE & SIBBY at Christ Church, Billericay did the GRAND CHAIN dance and played BRIAN BORU in the interval spot (which was much appreciated - except by one lady who just could not stop talking!)

Sunday 4th November 2018  The final meeting of CPRS (Castle Point Running Set) included a 5-couple 20-minute session with a BUCKET OF WORMS.

Saturday 3
 November 2018:  Sibby’s 8th event for SINGLES CONNECTION at Shotgate included PAVILION WALTZ.

16th November 2018:  Sibby’s 2nd event for WESTERN DANCE CENTRE with Anne included BARLEYLANDS from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection.  
Almost all the dancers chose the ‘roll’ option.

Saturday 17th November 2018:  Sibby’s 3rd event for BILLERICAY OPERATIC SOCIETY with SLOW LORIS included the SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE.  As one would expect, given the dancing prowess of the attendees, the timing of the “Oi!” was spot-on.

Friday 23rd November 2018:  Sibby’s 6th event for BASILDON & DISTRICT RAMBLING CLUB with Anne included HAPPY CLAPPER from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection.  When Anne & Sibby joined in stripping the willow, someone called us whirling dervishes!

Saturday 24th November 2018:  Farewell WIDE GLIDE BAND!  Their final booking at SAWBRIDGE ended with STOKE GOLDING COUNTRY DANCE and many best wishes for their various new ventures

Tuesday 27th November 2018:  Karen & Mike celebrated their ruby wedding at CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS.  Elizabeth made one of her wonderful cakes; and Anne played for WRITTLE RUBY - a new dance devised for K&M and included in Sibby’s HAREWOOD HEIGHTS collection.

Wednesday 28th November 2018:  RAT ON A STICK now perform as a two-piece; Mike & John play great music for GRAND CEILIDH CLUB. Sibby & Liz demonstrated ROSA and then incorporated a viennese waltz reverse turn in the final 8 bars.

sday 29th November 2018:  TOUCHSTONE FOLK DANCE CLUB enjoyed an evening of great variety, with Anne playing for Sibby’s RUNSELL GREEN - one from the forthcoming HAREWOOD HAZE collection.

Friday 30th November 2018: Anne’s flute trio, FLAUTISTA, performed the lunchtime concert to a packed audience at Chelmsford Cathedral.  The programme included a delightful arrangement of the Flower Duet from Delibes’ Lakme.  The composer Eric Withams was there and has offered to write a work especially for the trio.


HAREWOOD HEIGHTS (palantir book 29 with dances by Sibby & Anne Skinner and music by Anne Skinner & Harewood)

SEASONAL SIBBY (palantir book 30 with seasonal dances by Sibby & Anne Skinner and music by various artists including Harewood & Anne Skinner)



Monday 31
st   The year ends on a high at the CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS NYE event.  My calling contributions included TRIP TO BAVARIA; HAREWOOD played their WALKING IN THE AIR medley ending with JINGLE BELLS. The club committee commented “It was a superb evening with a great party atmosphere

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