We are now into June, and I realise that I have been very remiss in that I have not written anything about this year, so far!
I have continued to teach weekly classes at my usual venue in Penwortham which has been fun, and it was lovely to see some new faces joining us.
I have also had a couple of talk bookings, one with the Crosby Rambling Club which was interesting as there were men in the audience and I have several costume changes, the other with the Longton Women's Institute. These are always a treat for me as I get to dress up and strut my stuff under the excuse of "educating and entertaining".
The video below is the introduction to my Oriental piece at Crosby Rambling Club.
In March I also had my hafla which was good. I tried a few changes this time to try and make it more interesting, including warm-up's at the start of each performance set, and having a caterer. It made a nice change, but there are still things that I would like to improve - fingers crossed for next March!
On top of all this I have taught several workshops over in Cumbria. These began last year with the hopes of holding them every month. Whilst we haven't been successful in that score, they are still continuing and I am hoping that they will become busier.
On the 10th June we took part in Penwortham Gala. Sadly, the procession still wasn't running so we had to take to the stage. It was a very hot day for audience and performers alike; whilst the performers had some shade backstage and onstage, the audience were in full sun. As a result, the front of the stage became sun-blasted and too hot to stand on, but it was fun.
Photos by Philip Welsby