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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Scottish Country Dancing & More

October 12, 2005 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM): WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER ****** IN THIS ISSUE: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE (SCDM) * Tonight * Dance Requests * Photos * October Birthdays * Member News CALENDAR PAGE: * Current month: * Upcoming months: AUSTIN BALL 2005 SAN ANTONIO BALL 2006 ODESSA, TX: CELTFESTEXAS APRIL 8-9, 2006 DEBY BENTON-GROSJEAN, FIDDLER SMITHFIELD FAIR RETURNS TO ANDERSON FAIR LOUISIANA: HIGHLAND GAMES CANCELLED NEW ZEALAND: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING ******** SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE: TONIGHT: Ten in attendance; it was good to have DENNY LOGAN join us. A thank you to TED HIRTZ for bringing some Robert Burns' poems and songs to share! We mostly visited and had a relaxing evening and only danced a few selections: Irish Romance, Tam O'Shanter, Barley Bree and Waltz Country Dance. DANCE REQUESTS: I'm taking requests for dances between now and the end of the year; so far requests include: Peat Fire Flame, Luchenbooth Brooch, Culla Bay, The Black Cat, Blairmormond, Cherrybank Gardens, Castle in the Air, Dancing Career, Dream Catcher, Glasgow Regatta, Mairi's Wedding, Sheena's Buckle, The Rocking Horse, Pelorus Jack and Shores of Solway. Let me know what else you'd like to dance! PHOTOS: I do plan to finish editing and posting Houston ball photos, photos from the ranch party last August and new photos on many of the member pages so check the website during the next week! OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS 23 - Nana Sisk 25 - Susan Kelm 29 - Ray Kelm MEMBER NEWS: * CAROLYN MADDOX has posted some Houston Ball photos at * ALICE RHOADES writes in part on or about Oct. 6: Just wanted to say "hi" and let you know I'm still alive, no thanks to getting stuck in a 22 1/2 hr. drive to a funeral in Waco during Hurricane Rita. I've still been having trouble with an injury to my ankle I sustained over Labor Day Weekend, so have been trying to lay off it for a while. I'm going to Germany this weekend for a little over a week, but will be back later in October. (Dianna's note: Alice plans to join us for the Oct 29 Harry Potter/Halloween party.) * COME DANCE WITH US! WEDNESDAYS 7-10 pm website: NEW DANCERS WELCOME - Families welcome (children must be accompanied by parent / guardian). COST: $5 for those 14 and over; $2.50 those under 14 ($15 maximum per family) - fourth consecutive Wednesday free. Location: Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th St. (Heights), Houston, Texas (3rd building on left traveling east from Heights Blvd. -2 story red brick - entrance recessed about 15 feet from street – dancing upstairs). MAP: PHOTO OF HALL: ************* CALENDAR PAGE details on all items listed below can be found on the webpage at: current month: for upcoming months: THE COMING WEEK: 13 THURSDAY * Celtic Chorus of Houston * BURNS CLUB Topic: Witches, bogles and other spirits of Celtic origin. * Blaggards at Beverly Pub 14 FRIDAY * MURDER THE STOUT at Beverly Pub * Blaggards at Brian O'Neill's Pub SATURDAY & SUNDAY * GAELIC IMMERSION WEEKEND OCT. 15-16, 2005, TULSA, OK * International Accordion Festival in San Antonio 10/15- 16 * League of Celtic Nations Festival in Amarillo 10/15-16 16 SUNDAY * Men of Houston Morris Dancers * BARN DANCE 17 MONDAY * International Folk Dancing for beginners. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS * Huntsville, TX: Sam Houston Celtic Society Meeting 18TUESDAY * Strings n' Things WEDNESDAY: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE! ************* AUSTIN BALL: DECEMBER 3, 2005 St. Andrews Ball, 7:30 pm, St. Paul's Lutheran School, website: 3501 Red River, after party at same location *********************************************** SAN ANTONIO BALL 2006 Date: March 25, 2006 San Antonio, Texas: Bluebonnet Ball Musicians: Mimi Rogers and Allison Hicks Time: evening Location: to be announced For more info: John Roby John also writes:The International Folk Culture Center at Our Lady of the Lake University has been closed, so, we are looking for another permanent hall for the ball as well as weekly classes. John Roby 726 E Woodlawn San Antonio, Texas 78212-3134 210-737-0239 evenings 210-567-8059 days 210-567-8104 fax ************ ODESSA, TX: CELTFESTEXAS APRIL 8-9, 2006 Dianna's Note: Scottish Country Dancing & More have been invited to participate! from Faith Vedder President, West Texas Festival of the Celts ************* DEBY BENTON-GROSJEAN, FIDDLER fiddler at last Saturday's Houston ball gave us some delightful music and visited with most of the group at the after party. She mentioned that more about her music could be found at and I checked the page and found the following: Beyond the Shore Fiddler Deby Benton Grosjean. Deby's exciting fiddle technique and compelling arrangements takes the listener on a journey "...navigating traditional and uncharted celtic fiddle tunes..." The unique combination of well know artists blends on occasion with the sounds of the sea and takes you away from the drum of daily life. Features Gourd artists William Coulter, Barry and Shelly Phillips. she has appeared on many other recordings including Celtic Requiem (Windham Hill), Green Woods (Real Music), Celtic Tidings (North Star), The Priest and the Acrobat (Orbital Arts), Celtic Echoes (Harper Grove), The Offering (Wild Dove), and Gourd Music's Celtic Sessions, The Crooked Road and Music on the Mountain. She joins Gourd label recording artists on two film scores, A Midwife's Tale (Laurie Kahn- Leavitt) and Not for Ourselves Alone (Ken Burns) viewed on PBS. Deby co-produced music for an ecological documentary recently viewed in Boston, Fishing for the Future (Compass Light, Inc.). Thrice, Deby has recorded for NPR on the program "Echoes" hosted by John Diliberto. She is recently published in a music book along with forty great fiddlers of our time in Mel Bay's 2000 Fiddle. Deby is author of a new book that will be released later this year by Mel Bay Publications, Celtic Encyclopedia Fiddle Edition (MB98248). ************************ SMITHFIELD FAIR RETURNS TO ANDERSON FAIR Greetings, friends -- This is just a 'heads-up' that the acoustic group Smithfield Fair will be returning to the legendary and historic Anderson Fair on Saturday, November 12th, 2005 for one show only. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 9:00 p.m., tickets are $10 and advance seating is advised as seating is limited. Smithfield Fair is touring this season as a quartet for concerts with the addition of the group's long-time studio bassist/vocalist Bob Smith. Bob's strengths are immediately apparent in the combination of rhythmic thunder he and drummer Frang Bladen create. The quartet will be focusing on material from their last two internationally released albums - Winds of Time & Swept Away. Both albums have received exceptional critical review. Please pass this information on to any and all you know who are interested in great acoustic and vocal music. Anderson Fair is located at 2007 Grant, Houston, Texas and can be reached for ticket and concert information at 1-713-528- 8576 - or at their website at Thanks for your help in getting word of this show out and our very best to you all. Cheers! Dudley-Brian Smith Smithfield Fair/Stevenson Productions ************* LOUISIANA: HIGHLAND GAMES CANCELLED IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART THAT, DUE TO THE LACK OF HOTEL ROOMS IN THE GREATER BATON ROUGE AREA AND BEYOND FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS, WE MUST TELL YOU THE 2005 HIGHLAND GAMES OF LOUISIANA HAVE BEEN CANCELLED; WE WILL BE BACK IN 2006 See you Nov 17-19, 2006 ************ NEW ZEALAND: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING from Pat Reesby, who sent some photos, responding to my request for info on other dance groups who subscribe to the newsletter and writes in part: New Zealand summer school at Nelson (January 2005). . next summer school (Auckland) the following one, in Dunedin, and also an Easter school next year at Kaikoura. Pat writes: "I've been to two of these so far, and they're most enjoyable." The Island Bay, Wellington SCD club was well represented at the Nelson summer school. Pat also writes: Romaine [Butterfield] devised the dance 'Catch the Wind' which appears in RSCDS Book 45. Her inspiration was the romance, leading to marriage, between Iain Boyd and Noeline O'Connor, who also belong to the club. Dianna's Note: I plan to post her photos on the website, which include photos of Pat Reesby, Hisako Ewing, Prue Wilson, Linda Pears, Romaine Butterfield, Helen Ainsworth, Xiaowen Yu (Wellington region junior scholarship winner), Noeline O'Connor, Iain Boyd. Pat danced with us at Scottish Country Dancing and More when we first started! *************************** Dianna Dianna L. Shipman Scottish Country Dancing and More Houston, Texas web page: phone: 713-522-1212
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