'Stepping Across the Atlantic'
A JOURNEY IN THE SONG, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT TRADITIONS OF SCOTTISH AND CAPE BRETON STEP DANCING.
WORKSHOPS & DISCUSSIONS
SONG, DANCE, MUSIC
1pm: Puirt-à-beul with Eilidh Munro and Màiri Britton
Puirt-à-beul (lit. ‘tunes of the mouth’ or mouth music) are vocal dance tunes generally in the form of strathspeys, reels and jigs. Join Mòd Gold Medalist Eilidh Munro and Màiri Britton who will be sharing a selection of vocal dance tunes for you to learn. The workshop is the perfect introduction to puirt-à-beul for those new to genre or without previous knowledge of Gaelic. There will also be discussion of the influence of the Gaelic language on phrasing and rhythmic emphasis in traditional music, song and dance. Book now.
2pm: Scottish Step Dance with Sophie Stephenson and Màiri Britton
Step Dance is a form of percussive dance, with origins in Scotland, which has had a strong tradition in Cape Breton where Scottish emigrant communities settled. Whether as part of social dance or solo performance, step dance is about retaining the close links between music and rhythm. Sophie and Màiri have both travelled to the Canadian Maritimes to research and learn about the dance traditions. They will teach strathspey, reel and jig steps to have you dancing in no time! Accompanied by live music and open to all levels of experience. Book now.
An exploration of the social and cultural context of step dance in Cape Breton and Scotland led by Mairi Campbell, Sophie Stephenson and Màiri Britton with an opportunity for questions and discussion. Book now.
4pm: Fiddle Workshop with Màiri Campbell
Award winning performer Mairi Campbell will deliver a workshop on playing for step dancing. The workshop will cover aspects of
bowing technique, rhythm, tempo and style required to give your playing the lift needed when playing for dancing. Best suited to intermediate/advanced level players who are happy to learn by ear. Book now.
Join Gaelic trad group Huradal and Mairi Campbell for a intimate accoustic gathering where you will be treated to Gaelic song, music, step dance and spoken-word poetry. Book now (£10/£5).
SATURDAY 2ND MAY 2015
ST. ALBERT THE GREAT CHAPLAINCY
24 GEORGE SQUARE, EDINBURGH
(access via Middle Meadow Walk)
1PM: GAELIC PUIRT-À-BEUL WORKSHOP
2PM: STEP DANCE WORKSHOP
3PM: STEP DANCE DISCUSSION
4PM: FIDDLE MUSIC FOR STEP DANCING WORKSHOP
(Workshops: £8/£4 each or £20/£10 for afternoon)
8PM: CONCERT (£10/£5)