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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.

JUNE 2018


Sat 2nd  BRIDPORT CEILIDH with UP & RUNNING in Dorset.  A previous badge-winner was delighted with the SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)


Sun 3rd  CPRS danced HAREWOOD MINUET (from the HAREWOOD COLLECTION) during the tea break.


Wed 6th  HAREWOOD play in the interval at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB - and are on TOP OF THE WORLD.


Wed 13th  RAT ON A STICK played for the dancing at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB - and took them on a trip to BARLEYLANDS  (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)


Fri 22nd  BRIAN WINDER may have restored the CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS tradition of the annual barbecue.  No barbecue this time, but a gathering to dance in Brian’s garden in GREAT BADDOW.  Sibby called AUGUST (from the forthcoming HAREWOOD HEIGHTS collection) with Anne playing the tune DANBURY PALACE (her own composition)


Sat 23rd  NORWICH FRIDAY FOLK SATURDAY DANCE in Bawburgh followed by a long drive to Danbury (stationary on A12 for 90 minutes because of a serious accident). Nevertheless, an enjoyable event on the whole, with an appreciative group who enjoyed, inter alia, NORWEGIAN FLOWER (from the CLUB SANDWICH collection)


Tue 26th  CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS flowed beautifully in CANTIGA MINUET (from the MADAME VASNIER collection)


Friday 29th  CBM CHARITY dance with WIDE GLIDE BAND in GREAT WILBRAHAM.  The programme began with DARLINGHURST DASH (from the MADAME VASNIER collection)

JULY 2018

Sunday 1st  The month began with another session for CPRS.  The moves included DIVIDE THE RING and a video recording of BURSLEDON TROT (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection).

Saturday 7th  ANNETHEBAND at ELT in MILE END - great family event with inter alia SWEDISH MASQUERADE (from the BARN DANCE collection). The organiser wrote: I have had numerous positive comments from both young and old. You set the level just right for the people who were there so that the children as well as the older folks were all able to participate. Your instructions/directions were very clear and your assistance throughout the dances was so helpful. One of the older ladies who couldn’t actually participate told me you were brilliant and she would recommend you to anyone!

Sunday 8th  My contributions at SUNDAY OCCASIONALS included ROCHFORD ROMP (from the LATEST NEWS collection) and HOFFEDD MISS HUGHES played by HAREWOOD.

Thursday 12th  Good numbers at TOUCHSTONE FDC; and an early celebration of CAPODANNO (from the MADAME VASNIER collection).

Saturday 21st  July  RON & GILL celebrated their Ruby Wedding at Histon.  The evening began with DARLINGHURST DASH (from the MADAME VASNIER collection).  WIDE GLIDE BAND were, as ever, great - sadly they will be disbanding next year.

Wednesday 25th July  MUSICMAKERS (with occasional augmentation by ANNE) played DING DONG (from the NOW & THEN collection) at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB.

Tuesday 31st July  CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND returned to ESSEX YACHT CLUB with CLOPTON BRIDGE (from the BARN DANCE collection)

Saturday 4th  August  SIBBY’s 15th visit (and ANNE’s 1st) to BROKEN HURST in Swanley (Kent) ended with the SEASIDE DANCE.

Thursday 7th  August  The father of St George made a musical impact with the dance GERONTIOS (from the BOX SET collection) at BILLERICAY FDC;  ANNE played flute for FLIPPERTY.

Saturday 11th August 2018  HAREWOOD played at SLACK FOLK with a set that began with SEND IN THE CLOWNS.  Then it was a dash from COLCHESTER to WIDFORD where SIBBY’s contributions to CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS’ Summer Dance included CUTTY SARK.


Saturday 25th  August 2018  The bar staff joined in the dancing at PITSEA BOWLS CLUB as SIBBY called and ANNE played PAVILION WALTZ.

Saturday 1st September 2018  Off to Norfolk for Freda’s dance in ST OLAVE’S.  As Peggy Hazell came from these parts, we included her version of TRAFALGAR SQUARE in the programme.

Tuesday 4th September 2018  SIBBY called YE OLDE SMACK (from the GALLIMAUFRY collection); ANNE played for AUGUST (from the HAREWOOD HEIGHTS collection).  All this happened at MARKS TEY FDC in Essex.

Wednesday 5th September 2018  BRIAN BORU began the HAREWOOD set in the interval spot at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB.  This Irish tune was followed in a medley by GREENSLEEVES and THE SPOOK WITH THE SMOKER’S COUGH !

Saturday 8th September 2018  Heather & Iain asked for DANCE OF THE PANTOMIME COW at their Silver Wedding dance with WIDE GLIDE BAND.  The enthusiastic gathering at HISTON obliged with loud moos and screams.

Saturday 15th September 2018  HAREWOOD HAPPENING was a great success from the start with MENA’S MINUET.  Thanks to all the callers who helped and to Chelmsford Folk Dancers for use of their urn.  HH2 has been booked for 21st September 2019.

Saturday 22nd September 2018  The inaugural performance by MANORCROFT was exceptionally well received in THORLEY, Hertfordshire. The programme ranged from VIRGINIA REEL to ORCADIAN STRIP THE WILLOW with a lecture on the history of barn dance during the interval.

Saturday 29th September 2018  Sibby’s 9th time, and Anne’s 1st, at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Harvest Supper Barn Dance in BLACK NOTLEY began with HAPPY CLAPPER and included a HAREWOOD spot during the interval.  Next year’s event has already been booked.

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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