Cheyenne Festival - June 2018 - Honky Tonk Cliff
Cheyenne Summer Party June 2018
Photos of the event can be found here
Summer Party Country Music Festival - 1st - 3rd June 2018
We (JB) have just returned from teaching the Partner dances for Cheyenne Promotions at the Grand Burstin in Folkestone and this was one of the most enjoyable yet. Yes, we did retire but we missed teaching at this festival so much that we accepted the invitation to make a comeback!
Now let’s be honest about this, nobody comes to the “Grand Burstin Hotel” for the quality hotel experience! It’s functional and basic, but the environment around the hotel, the harbour, the renovated station, the harbour wall walk where you can follow the boardwalk right along the beach to the beautiful gardens, has been revolutionised in our time of visiting Folkestone for the Cheyenne festivals. There was a time when the whole area was just a little run down and “tired”. I have to say the walk around the harbour and the surrounding area is now well worth visiting Folkestone for at any time.
With that all said we keep coming back for the festivals here because of the people, the great value, where else can you get line and partner teaching and dancing, and 8 live artists in a single weekend?
This June festival was one of the best I think I have ever seen here, the balance of artists was terrific and must have had something to suit everyone, I cannot remember seeing an empty dance floor even once.
I have said several times before and am more than happy to repeat myself, the people who come to this festival is the major reasons for its continued success. Dancers and loyal listeners just keep coming back for the atmosphere and comradery. We had at least three (3) birthday celebrations over the weekend so lots of cake doing the rounds! We even had Gwen and her Hens celebrating her Hen party with several theme changes from Wedding Party with Bridesmaids and Maid of Honour sash and more sashes that I didn’t get to read then it was the Pension party a spectacular effort by all concerned and provided everyone with great entertainment. We wish Gwen and her Partner a fabulous wedding and a memorable day for them all.
This is after all a line and partner Country music dance event and the etiquette is just brilliant, with patience and understanding and common courtesy, everyone gets on so well the dance floor works well, even when busy.
Friday afternoon the teaching started at 1pm, alternating between line and partner.
Partner dances we (JB) taught were:
- ·Cuddles – Jack & Mary Jane Hassett
- ·All The Kings Horses For 2 – Karen & Nigel Poll
- ·Glengarry Shuffle – Unknown
Honky Tonk Cliff taught the line dancers:
- ·Hanks Way – Honky Tonk Cliff
- ·Things - Gary Lafferty
- ·She’s My Baby - Tina Argyle
This kept the dancers happy up until they could check into their rooms at 3pm. Then dinner and a quick change for the evening’s entertainment.
Fridays artist line up:
v The brilliant Billy Curtis
v Mr Fabulous himself Richard Palmer
Both are brilliant performers in their own right, but then they jammed for a couple of tracks to close the live show. Of course, for the younger and fitter among us Honky Tonk Cliff kept the dancing with the disco through to 1am. So, exhausted it was off to bed.
Saturday morning the teaching started at 10:30pm, alternating between line and partner.
Partner dances JB taught were:
- ·Close The Distance – Adam Cherko & Adrienne Squillante
- ·Most People Are Good – Karen & Nigel Poll
Honky Tonk Cliff taught the line dancers
- ·Beautifully Broken – Tina Argyle, Kim Ray & Pat Stott
- ·Texas Time – Alan Birchall & Jacqui Jax
- ·Invitation to the Blues – Honky Tonk Cliff
Then off to lunch, there really is ample food on this weekend. Then at 2pm the afternoon session kicked off with our host and his talented daughter together for two sets of the very best in Country music:
Who kept us dancing all afternoon. More food and a freshen up for dinner and the evening entertainment brought us two brilliant acts
v MT Allen
v Rob Childs
Sunday morning and a bleary eyed, throaty re-cap of all the partner dances we had taught and an early 10am start for the line dancers with an extra Line teach of:
- ·Whiskey Smooth – Karl-Harry Winson
Sunday afternoon and the beautiful weather led some to stay out in the sun, but for those that came to dance we had a new artists for me in a Duo I haven’t seen before named:
v Black Gold
Great selection of music kept the dance floor busy all afternoon.
Moving onto Sunday evening with two of the major acts on the circuit, possibly the leading duo in the British Country music circuit at this time Rancher and alongside them was the irrepressible Texas Tornados.
v Texas Tornados
There is always a charity raffle and this time we raised just a little under £300 that will go to the NSPCC, that figure included £40 that was donated for dances scripts from our ever generous festival goers.
So we are already looking forward to the Turkey & Tinsel Weekend 16th & 19th November which is always one of the busiest of the year and the Xmas party to be at. Get in early to ensure you can attend, we’ll be teaching partners, Honky Tonk Cliff the lines and the acts include John Doherty, Bob Keeley, Shayna, Chris Mezza, Carl Shay, Zenne, Souls ‘n’ Stone and Long Shot (as always Artists can be subject to change).
JB Website update: We have added, (with Ky’s permission) a Cheyenne Festival Contact form to our website (www.jbwesterndance.co.ukjust click on the big red Festivals button) to provide you with another means of contacting Ky with queries or to indicate that you want to book for one of the festivals. Because they come through the JB website we (JB) will receive and acknowledge the email then ensure it is forwarded onto Ky for processing. Please note if we don’t acknowledge you we haven’t seen it.
Great dancing, great country music and wonderful people, look forward to seeing friends old and new in November.
Julie & Brian JB
Cheyenne Festival - November 2017 - Cliff Hall
Photos from Maureen Lincoln : Additional Photos may be found in the Gallery
Great Cheyenne Festival at Folkestone Friday afternoon workshop was well attended Brian and Julie looking after partner dancers and myself the line dancers brill atmosphere from the start so we new with great people there it was going to be a fab weekend and it sure was Friday night gave us The Twang Daddy's with some brill pickin and totally live music a nice contrast to the fab voice of the one and only Richard Palmer always brilliant.
Saturday afternoon was Ky Rivers with some truly country tracks and then Shayna Rivers who performance was amazing it was great to see Angie singing again with Ky. Saturday night brought us Carl Shay who gave a stunning show great Country voice and the Peter Pan of Country Tony Rouse who is so brilliant at what he does a truly super Saturday.
Sunday gave us Nigel Slater i have never worked with Nigel before but looking forward to seeing him again great performer. Sunday night the last night was so brilliant with the fab Fools Gold Paul and his daughter Melissa as Debs was unwell gave us a fantastic two spots filling the floor all night and last but not least Johnny and Lynette WOW Great Country/ Rockabilly music that brought the house down and finished the weekend with a big bang .
Best wishes to Brian and Julie for doing a super job teaching at this event as they are retiring but will be back next year as customers. Paul once again did a great job on the door its a thankless job he does so well . Such sad news to hear over the weekend of Vera passing away i only new her a couple of years but when i first did this event she and Alan made me so welcome and at home condolences to all the family im sure she will be missed by all who new her.
Finally my thanks to all of you at the event you have always made me and Lynne feel at home hope you all enjoyed yourselves and got home safe and well see you soon.
Cliff and Lynne..
Cheyenne Festival - November 2017 - Brian Minns
Cheyenne ‘Turkey and Tinsel’ Country music line and partner dance festival November 10th , 11th, 12th 2017
Photos from Maureen Lincoln : Additional Photos may be found in the Gallery
November and it’s the Cheyenne ‘Turkey and Tinsel’ Country music line and partner dance festival once again, at the Grand Burstin hotel in Folkestone. Overlooking Folkestone harbour with its new walkway over the old railway bridge to the harbour wall that is undergoing much refurbishment, making for a really interesting walk and well worth a visit if time allows! We did on a sunny Friday morning.
The festival kicked off with a Friday afternoon workshop for those who arrive early ( or stay Thursday night) are kept busy while waiting for check-in. Line and partner dances kept everyone busy between 1 and 3 o’clock when the festival check in opens. This teaching session was well attended, and as always an excellent atmosphere to kick off the weekend.
After dinner our entertainment for Friday night began with The Twang Daddies an outfit I have heard lots about but managed to miss on circuit, so it’s always great to see artists you haven’t seen before. Excellent musicians even if, as a bit of a purist I found one or two track choices a bit questionable. But what do I know, and the dance floor was pretty busy. Alternating with The Twang Daddies was the room filling personality that is Richard Palmer, with his excellent voice and with some of the best tracks I have ever heard him sing, I thought this was a brilliant two sets of great Country music. We left at midnight leaving the talent that is “Honky Tonk Cliff” keeping the party animals well entertained right through to 1am.
At 10:30 we started the Saturday morning workshop, stopping at 11am as it was the 11th day of the 11th month for 2 minutes well observed and respectful silence. Once again the dancers brains and feet were challenged with line and partner dances. All too fast it was 12:30 and a quick lunch break, you could never leave here hungry! Back in the hall for 2pm to see one of the newest solo talents on the circuit ‘Shayna’ who is the daughter of Cheyenne’s Ky and Angie who seems to have managed to inherit both of their talent! This young lady is a real star in the making and if you haven’t seen her yet you have a treat to come. Ky Rivers took the second set of the afternoon. Always very popular whether it’s Ky and Shayna as Cheyenne, or Ky Rivers or Shayna solo some of the loudest applause and cheering was reserved for our popular hosts who never disappoint. Angie who is recuperating from illness came down to see us and joined Ky and Shayna on stage, this was a real treat and I thought the roof was going to be blown off the Burstin. Shayna very wisely left her parents to it for the requested “You Ain’t Dolly” track, if you wonder why? Listen to the lyrics.
Saturday night brought us Carl Shay another new act for me, I clearly don’t get out much! Carl Shay is a great showman and gave us an excellent show even though he was clearly suffering with his throat, he wandered around the room while singing as well as joining in and having a dance with the line dancers. Alternating sets with Carl was, as Honky Tonk Cliff described him, the ‘Peter Pan’ of Country, Tony Rouse, who as always was fabulous and is a really warm personality on the stage. To round the live entertainment off tonight we had a treat with Carl and Tony giving us a couple of numbers together. So, exhausted it was off to bed!
At 10:30 we started the Sunday morning recap workshop, once again stopping at 11am as it was Remembrance Sunday for the 2 minutes respectful silence. Sunday afternoon and our first act of the day was Nigel Slater, yet another new act for me. Looking forward to seeing him again as he gave a great afternoons show with 2 sets of country music, great performer.
Sunday night and perhaps we thought it couldn’t get any better, then it did! ‘Fools Gold’ with Paul and his daughter Melissa, as Debs was unwell, gave us a fantastic two sets, filling the floor all night. Last but by no means least the highlight of my weekend was the wonderful ‘Johnny and Lynette’. Great Country music that brought the house down, line and partner filling the floor and bringing this fabulous weekend to a rip roaring close the biggest bang.
If you add this up we saw an amazing 9 acts each of who performed (at least) 1 full set and 10 if we include Angie, and who wouldn’t as it was one of the real highlights of the weekend. I’m still aching from dancing and the variety of acts add to the strength of this festival. You can never ‘please all of the people, all of the time’ but if an act is not to your taste there will be another along shortly, so be respectful. There are very few festivals that have this number and variety of acts which is just one of the reasons we keep coming back.
I have said this many times before but as this was our last time teaching Partners down at Folkestone it’s worth re-stating. This Festival is Country music, Line and Partner tuition and dancing and it’s living proof that even on a busy dance floor with courtesy, patience and good old fashioned common sense everyone can “play nice” and have the most fabulous time together! No-one is more entitled than anyone else on a dance floor and at this festival everyone just wants to have a great time. Cheyenne, Ky, Angie and Shayna provide the environment, it’s you wonderful people who attend time after time that make this the festival it is and ensure it will continue to grow from strength to strength.
Julie and Myself are stepping down as we are retiring from teaching and hopefully going to doing a bit more dancing. Already booked for February so hope to see you then.
Dances taught over the weekend were:
Line: Be Yourself, Dumas Walkers, Imagine That
Partner: Dirt On My Boots, If You Were A Whiskey Girl For 2, A Little Mamba, Hell and High Water
Can’t close this report without mentioning Alan and Vera. While at this weekend we sadly learned that Vera had passed away. Alan and Vera handed the batten to us some years back now, they always supported us and Vera always had a smile for us, even if when we picked a dance she personally didn’t get on with. Blessings and our sincere thanks Vera, good night and God bless.
Country Superstars at The Burstin - Report 2017
West End Hit Show Cast put on the Top Weekend in Folkestone.
I've just attended The Country Superstars 1st weekend event hosted by Stars of the Award Winning Theatre Touring Show The Country Superstars Experience Sarah Jayne and Andy Crust and had the best time ever.....really great value for money.
It kicked off on Friday with the meet and greet where Sarah Jayne and Andy Crust had laid on complimentary tea, coffee and cupcakes for everyone.
After Andy and Sarah went through what was going on over the weekend we had some line dancing music with the wonderful Justine Brown. She played some great tracks over the whole weekend and everyone's requests were fulfilled. She really was the glue that kept it all together. In fact they have an amazing team of people supporting them; professional, organised and the friendliest bunch you could ever meet. Nothing was too much trouble.
We had a real mixed bag of entertainment from start to finish (in fact after talking to a few people, no one wanted it to end).
There was a raffle held on Sunday evening and pin badges sold throughout the weekend and donations all went to The British Heart Foundation. There was also Country Superstars merchandise on sale from the West End Touring show that was going to perform over the 3 days, and we had Ange and Mick Church selling their wares on their country and western stall called Western View .
There was live country music from the very talented and smooth voice of Ray Peters.The Little Eagles sang some great Eagles' tunes and had everyone up singing and dancing, but inbetween we had our first glimpse at the Show The Country Superstars Experience, which on this night featured Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Billie Jo Spears and Garth Brooks with The Tenesee All star Band.
Saturday afternoon we had an acoustic session with the lovely James Wilson and in the evening we saw a really funny comedian, Miki Travis.
During the mornings we had a country quiz and charity bingo session with Tracey and Matt, (who had me laughing so much I had tears in my eyes). A fantastic couple that did a great job chosen especially for the Country Superstars Weekender.. Last and by no means least were the tribute acts performed by Sarah Jayne and Andy with the backing of their amazing band The Tennessee Allstars.
Lead and Rhythm Guitar plus Drums, Bass and Keyboards.
We saw the awesome Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Billy Jo Spears, Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Johnny Cash and Frankie Valli. Sarah also sang some beautiful Karen Carpenter songs on Sunday afternoon.
It was lovely to be able to get up close and personal with the acts too in the photo corner, and have random pictures of the groups,
All In all it was the best weekend away I've had in a long time and, speaking to a lot of people, I wasn't alone. Everyone was very impressed and many have rebooked for next year.
They also have a weekend event in December this year at Hemsby. Please take a look on The Country Superstars website for more information. http://www.richardsonsholidayvillages.co.uk/whats-on/?v=SEACROFT&ricmonth=12&ricyear=2017
And They have just announced they are returning the same weekend next year at the Burstin!!!!!
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Sarah Jayne and Andy Crust, plus everyone involved in the weekend.....may there be many more xx
Cheyenne Festival - June 2017 - Brian Minns
A selection of other photos may be found in the Kent Country Gallery
Our 4th year of teaching the Partner dances for Cheyenne at the Grand Burstin in Folkestone and this weekend could possibly have been the best yet!
Cheyenne Promotions run the Country Music & Dance Weekends at the Grand Burstin Hotel and they just keep getting better. I have said before and am happy to be able to say it again, the people who come to this festival is the reason for its continued success. Dancers and loyal listeners just keep coming back for the atmosphere and comradery that is so rare to find.
This is a line and partner dance event and the etiquette is just brilliant, sure there are times when lines extend a little longer than the dance floor allows, and there's also times when partners cut the corners! But with patience and understanding and common courtesy everyone gets on so well the dance floor just works.
Friday afternoon the teaching starts at 1pm, alternating between line and partner (we taught the partners: “Happy Days” and “Some Town Somewhere”), this fills a couple of hours for the early arrivals before you can check into your room. Then dinner and a quick change for the evening’s entertainment. Tonight was the fabulous Tony Crooks and Steve Jay, both brilliant performers in their own right but then they re-united again as 'Plain Loco'.
Then comes Saturday morning and a couple of hours of teaching (we taught the partners: “Finest Around” and “Hazzard”), alternating between Partners and Line dances, with many joining in which is always good for a laugh. Then lunch, there is no shortage of food on this weekend. At 2pm the afternoon session kicked off with one of my favourites "Roots & Wings" who kept us dancing all afternoon. More food and a freshen up for dinner and the evening entertainment brought us two acts "Billy Curtis" and our good friends Ray and Steve who are "Stonecold Country". Immensely talented and both acts kept the floor buzzing.
Sunday morning and a bleary eyed re-cap of all 4 partner dances we had taught and the same for the line dancers. Followed by what is always one of my favourite sessions Ky and his daughter (Shayna) came on for the afternoon and were joined by the wonderful Angie for a song, much to the delight of the audience. The festival was finished off Sunday evening with the ever popular "Steve Lovett" and "Kickin' Country" who gave us an amazing evening.
Our first time working with Roger Shepherd (Absolute Country) who was teaching the line dances. Our personal thanks to him for making it so relaxed for the teaching sessions where we worked together to ensure the dancers had the great time they came for.
There is always a charity raffle and this time was no exception with a raffle in aid of NSPCC raised £255.40.
So we are already looking forward to the Turkey & Tinsel Weekend 10th & 12th November which is always on of the busiest of the year and a great party. Get in early to ensure you get in!
Great dancing, great country music and wonderful people, see you in November.
Julie & Brian JB
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