It has once again been a very colourful season for Hadrian Clog, with some wonderful dance opportunities and venues, from festivals and local events to dancing on the world’s oldest railway.
The sun shone down on us at Beverley Festival, and the wind blew hard on us at Morecambe Bay with Rivington to celebrate their 40th birthday party.
Once again our local festival, Music on the Marr at Castle Carrock was such fun, with over 20 people having a go at clog dancing at our workshop. And at its sister festival, Allen Valleys Festival at Allendale another group of would be clog dancers tried their hand (or feet) at the Lancashire Waltz.
Derby Cathedral was a wonderful place to dance in October, showcasing clog dancing at the Derby Festival and then at Hartlepool Festival the maritime theme put us all in the mood for a few hornpipes.
Beamish Museum Christmas evening was a very festive event, dancing in the old traditional Band Hall with morris teams, entertainers and joining in with their ceilidh made for a jolly night. Busking in Newcastle, always a great place and great audience, then at the Sage Theatre to support Demon Barbers, put us all in the Christmas spirit( or maybe that was at the pub?!!)
The New Year started with a team member’s wedding, where even a broken wrist didn’t stop one of our dancers!
Then, through thick snow, we made our way to Tanfield Railway Museum, the oldest railway in the world, built in 1725. After dancing in the tram shed amongst the engines we took a ride on the train where perhaps we made history by being the first ever clog dancers to dance on the oldest railway in the world!!! We also entertained at the waiting room for those ready for the next train.
A day of dance with Silkstone Greens at Corbridge and Hexham was a great opportunity to meet with friends again, as was the hottest ever early May bank holiday dance at Barnard Castle, hosted by Black Sheep. Who has ever heard of using suntan lotion and sunglasses in May in the north?
The Allendale May Fair was also a scorcher and we kicked off the dancing displays in the town square to a very large audience high up in the Pennines at 10.30 in the morning.
Our trip to Gate to Southwell festival was a great team outing, lots of good dance spots throughout the town, a lovely festival site, hot sunshine, amazing ice cream and it was International Gin Day, what more could any clog dancer ask for!!
So we have had a great year, full of unusual venues, lots of colourful people and events, and as ever some great friends, old and new. We are looking forward to our summertime events and another season of clog dancing, music and song.