Sunday 14th My contributions at SUNDAY OCCASIONALS included UNCLE BERNARD (from the CLUB SANDWICH collection)
Tuesday 1st 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.
Friday 11th 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.
Tuesday 16th BILLERICAY FDC enjoyed CANTIGA MINUET (from the MADAME VASNIER collection)
Friday 19th Another great evening at FULBOURN CENTRE with WIDE GLIDE BAND – raising over £400 for the CBM charity. Dancing began with JELLYFISH (from the SIBBY SEVEN collection).
Thursday 25th Burns’ Night at HAYCOCK HOTEL in Wansford with WIDE GLIDE BAND began with GAY GORDONS (from the FAVOURITES collection).
Saturday 27th Anne played along with SLOW LORIS at RAMSDEN HEATH and the dancers laid eggs during VERA CARPENTER’S WALTZ (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection). They enjoyed it so much, they have already booked another dance in December.
Saturday 3rd MANOR HOOSE CEILIDH BAND (now augmented by Anne on flute) played for the BURNS’ NICHT dance in Woodbridge. As well as adding flute to the sound mix, Anne demonstrated PAVILION WALTZ (tune composed by … Anne! – dance notation and manuscript included in the COBALT collection)
Sunday 4th There was a BUCKET OF WORMS at CPRS!
Friday 9th BANWOOD REEL (from the FESTIVAL FARE collection) travelled from Surrey to Kent for the excellent dancers at BECKENHAM FDC.
Wednesday 14th My contribution to the 40th anniversary dance at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB was SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)
Saturday 24th BILLERICAY LIONS enjoyed HAPPY CLAPPER (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection) and an interval spot from HAREWOOD at their dance at Canon Roche. Next year’s dance has already been booked.
Sat 17th FULBOURN CENTRE with LANTERN BAND for a double birthday celebration – and HAPPY CLAPPER (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)
Wed 21st PRITTLEWELL SQUARE (from the COBALT collection) featured in the programme at BANWOOD FDC
Thu 22nd Lots of fun at TOUCHSTONE FDC – and a programme that included DANBURY PALACE (from the HAREWOOD COLLECTION book)
Saturday 24th With COTTON REELS for a wedding in UPMINSTER. We began with VIRGINIA REEL (from the FAVOURITES collection) and completed 11 dances in two hours.
Sunday 25th HAREWOOD played for some of the callersat SUNDAY OCCASIONALS. Sibby’s calling contributions included HEART OF HAMPSHIRE (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)
Tue 3rd BILLERICAY FDC celebrated CAPODANNO (from the MADAME VASNIER collection) but worry about the implications of the new ‘smart’ car-parking system.
Wed 4th CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND; wonderful dancing of JELLYFISH (from the SIBBY SEVEN collection); and SIBBY wins the raffle prize!
Fri 6th Another manic evening for SIBBY & ANNE with the reelers at THRIPLOW, from the start with GAY GORDONS (from the FAVOURITES collection)
Sat 7th SIBBY & ANNE travel to Gosfield for N.W.ESSEX RAMBLERS. Much enjoyed were GRAND CHAIN (from the FAVOURITES collection) and a display during the interval by the CRAZY CHICKS line-dancers.
Sat 14th The re-arranged dance at ST MICHAEL’S (snow in March) was re-arranged to ST PETER’S (drainage problem at St M). The evening began with VIRGINIA REEL (from the FAVOURITES collection) and featured an interval spot by HAREWOOD.
Wed 25th The interval at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB featured HAREWOOD playing SEND IN THE CLOWNS
Sat 28th The annual SHOTGATE event included an interval spot by HAREWOOD. The dance programme included HAPPY CLAPPER (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection); the concert included ANNIE’S SONG. The next day, a message arrived from Rita: Thank you very very much for an excellent barn dance last night and for the entertainment … and a big thankyou to Anne and her flute-playing and your guitar … it was brilliant. I thought I was listening to a recording and there you were live. It was excellent.
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)
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.
Friday 24th August HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES FAVOURITE opened the programme at BECKENHAM FDC.
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 10th October 2018 Afternoon session at LAINDON COMMUNITY CENTRE: packed floor from the start and much panache in SWEDISH MASQUERADE.
Saturday 13th 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.
Saturday 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 3rd November 2018: Sibby’s 8th event for SINGLES CONNECTION at Shotgate included PAVILION WALTZ.
Friday 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.
Thursday 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 31st 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”