Mike Moroney, Bernadette Berry and Siobhán Dillon have been playing music together in some form or other, all their lives together and nearly all of that on the folk scene. All three are vocalists with a that gift for harmony that seems innate in musical families. All are multi-instrumentalists and their repertoire covers all the ranges of their folk experience, from The Silly Sisters in the early days (before Siobhán was born) to contemporary bluegrass ballads.
Mike and Bernadette are well-known on the NZ folk scene as organisers, musicians and dance-callers and Mike's Kiwifolk internet presence has been the hub of the NZ folk community on the internet for nearly 20 years.
Mike plays most things with strings and hails from bands such as the Pioneer Pog 'n' Scrogging Bush Band, The Chaps, Catgut and Steel among others. Bernadette was the lead singer of the Celtic ensemble, Teud and both she and Siobhán were half of the highly respected a capella group, Rhonda and the Ravers. Bernadette is also a fine player of the appalachan dulcimer, in the style of Neal Hellman, and more recently has taken up concertina while Siobhán is a fiddle player, guitarist, (newly) a mandolin player and dancer (Irish, Jazz and Swing).
In many Middle Eastern and European countries traditional dance is still popular at special celebrations - weddings, birthdays etc... Specific dances relate to specific pieces of music and when the music starts up the guests just get up and spontaneously fall in - this used to happen in NZ when bands played the Gay Gordons and other such numbers. In this workshop you will learn a few simple Israeli, Greek and Turkish dances that will later be played at the barndance so that you can 'spontaneously' leap up and show how it's done. Hopefully others will join in. (Special thanks to the fiddle club who have learnt these for your enjoyment).
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