Traditional folk music, dance
and customs - Harrogate, North Yorkshire - Chas Marshall's Website
A Harrogate-based clog step dance team
formed in 2002 who perform a variety of routines and steps from
Westmorland, Canada, Lancashire and the North East. The routines
are danced to dotted hornpipes, waltzes, jigs, reels, schottisches
and undotted hornpipes.
Their primary tutor is Jean Smith of
the Instep Research Team, though various workshops and teaching
sessions provide other ideas and inspiration.
There are currently four dancers -
Jeff Garner, Deb Smith, Carol Johnson, Jo Evans - and a musician.
We occasionally have a visit from our "young 'uns", Ben
Clarke and Catriona Barker, when the team's average age plummets!
Practices generally take
place at Park Grove
Methodist Hall in Knaresborough. There is not a regular practice
night - practices are arranged on an ad-hoc basis, but are usually
on a Monday or Thursday.
The current repertoire is based around
18 dances, though not all of these are danced in public. Details
are shown below.
The photo taken by Dave Williams alongside
demonstrates the old Clogarhythm motto "When all else fails
- wave your arms about"! Skipton, Clogfest
For further information
contact Jeff or Debbie on 01423-865086
clips of our dancing can be viewed here:
Folk Week 2010, Clogfest
|North East Waltz Routine
||Michael Turner's Waltz
||There they are - the two
of 'em - on their own. A music hall song composed by Geo. Le Brunn
and E Nevin.
|North East Hornpipe Routine
- a medley of steps from several different dancers
||Tun Dish -
by kind permission of John
|Lancashire Heel and Toe
|Sam Sherry's Hornpipe
|Sam Sherry's Reel
|Sam Sherry's Jig
||The Plane Tree- a composition
by Undine Hornby
|Mrs Willis's "Woodland
||Woodland Flowers and Uncle
Jim's Barn Dance
| Sam Sherry's Easy Waltz
||The Vine Tree - a composition
by Paul Burgess
|Sam Sherry's Original Waltz
||Wenlock Edge - a composition
by Michael Raven
|Alex Woodcock's "Lily
||Lily of Laguna
Music! (Put another nickel in) by Stephan Weiss / Bernie Baum
|Dot Murphy's Hornpipe
||Henry Cave's Hornpipe
|French Canadian Steps
|Pat Tracey's Intermediate
||Harry Gidley's Waltz
Lancashire Irish steps
- a composition by Will Atkinson. Hear
a snippet of the tune.
|Pat Tracey's Slow Hornpipe
||The Steamboat Hornpipe
|Pat Tracey's Number One
||The Malthouse Hornpipe
|Anna Marley Soft Shoe (Pictures
from Clennel Hall May 2007)
||An Ordinary Copper (Theme
music for "Dixon of Dock Green") followed by Maybe its because
I'm a Londoner.
The Clogarhythm Cabaret!
Clogarhythm stages a regular
one hour show, based around our folk music and clog dancing heritage,
for groups of people on the Senior
Tours Canada "Northern and Central England" trips.
This is how their brochure describes Day 5 of the Spring 2011 tour:
"HARROGATE AT LEISURE
- a day at leisure. Your Tour Manager will offer suggestions. After
dinner we will be entertained by local talent".
Our cabaret includes a
variety of dances, both group and solo performances, interspersed
with selections of country dance music, dialect poetry and other
These events generally
take place in the larger hotels in Harrogate and our performances
have taken us to the Hotel St George, The Old Swan and The Crown.
Whitby Folk Week 2010 - Deb, Jeff,
Catriona, Ben, Carol and Chas
Whitby Folk Week 2010 - Ben displaying
his dancing skill and youthful agility
Rain is no deterrent
as Carol and Debbie perform their Lancashire Heel and Toe routine
complete with umbrellas! At the Bridge Inn, Foster Beck on the Nidderdale
Tour with White
Rose Morris Men. Saturday 4 June 2005
Carol and Jeff : take-off!
Hall Folk Festival, 9th - 11th May 2008
Debbie, Jeff, Carol
and Chas in Ludlow, Saturday 18 June 2005
Chas, Jeff and Deb at
Skipton Clogfest 2004
Clogarhythm held their first
"Clog It Weekend" in 2005 with guests Jean Smith, InClognito
and Carlisle's Old Spice Girls. This involved a tour of dance spots in
Ripon during the day on Saturday with a session of songs, music and dance
at a country pub on Saturday night. On Sunday morning the Old Spice Girls
ran a French Canadian step workshop followed by some more dance spots
in Harrogate's Valley Gardens.
Our second "Clog It Weekend"
was held in Harrogate and Ripon over the weekend of 16th and 17th September
2006. Our guests once again included our good friends InClognito
and the Old Spice Girls. This year we are also delighted to welcome Jo
and Sophie Evans from Shipley. From the weekend's collection we were able
to donate £40 towards Clogfest
"Clog It 3" was held
on September 6th/7th 2008 with Frank Lee and Georgia Shorrock, Inclognito,
Two Step, Jo and
Sophie Evans. Displays of step dancing took place in Harrogate on
the Saturday and in Knaresborough on the Sunday.
"Clog it 4" took place
on 3rd/4th October 2009 with our usual guests, who we collectively call
"Our Friends from the North"
After a long gap the planning
for "Clog It 5" is underway. This will be held over the weekend
of 27th and 28th April 2013 with guests Strictly
Clog and Two Step.