3–5 augusti 2017
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Bèlè dance mouvements with Stella GonisStella Gonis and her group invite you to a course in bélé dance. You will learn some traditional moves from different kinds of bèlè-song dances that are the origin of several popular Martiniquan styles. The bélé dance is a dialog where the drummer, singer and dancers are communicating through the music. The "bèlè" itself is a huge tambour drum, other elements is the"tibwa" (two wooden sticks) played on a length of bamboo, "chacha" (maracas), "lavwa" (singer), "lavwa deye" (choir or "answer") and the of course the dancers! Come let your body get mezmerised by the rythms!
Skinframeboat workshopDuring the daytime and into the evening there will be held an open workshop at the festival site for those who want to take part of the ancient knowledge of boat building. Early skin boats evolved in prehistoric times for hunting and fishing. Animal skins were used to cover a skeletal framework of bones or wood, these boats could carry one or two people and have been used all over the world. These include the seal skin kayaks of Greenland, Currachs of Ireland and the Celtic nations and the early saami watercraft of the North. David Hart is a Traditional skills tutor from Cornwall in the UK and lives on a boat. He has been building and using skin on frame boats for the past 14 years, replacing the original animal hide with canvas and tar. David will be building a skin on frame boat over the course of the festival with our local Salix. With many hands she may even float before the end.....
English/ UK folksong with Martha TilstonSinger and Songwriter Martha Tilston is performing on the Urkult stage again and we are happy to have an opportunity to invite Urkult visitors to join a course in English folk singing. Martha is the daughter of the folk legend Steve Tilston and stepdaughter of Irish folk performer legend Maggie Boyle.Traditional folk song has been a strong thread throughout her family's musical traditions yet even when Martha explores other genres with here music, she always carries the essence of english folk close to her heart. In this course she will teach you a couple of traditional folksongs, explore singing techniques and look at how to tell a story through the folk song. You will also get to hear about the singing, the histories and subjects reflecting this tradition.