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What a way to kick off 2017 but with another fabulous ‘Cheyenne’s’ St Valentines festival down at the Grand Burstin Hotel in Folkestone, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday all filled with great Country music for listening and dancing to.

Surely there must something here whatever your taste of Country music. Kicking off on Friday with line and partner dance classes from 1pm to 3pm keeping the early arrivals occupied as they waited to check in.

Below is the artist line-up, and remember this is just for a single Friday, Saturday and Sunday and just one of the reasons this is a great value weekend, if just a little exhausting but that may be my age!

Henry Smith Band
Henry Smith Band

· Hayden
· Martin Jaye
· Chris Harris
· Tony Rouse
· Henry Smith Band
· Colt Murphy
· Richard Palmer
· Glen Rogers

This ‘Cheyenne’ St Valentines Festival was hosted by the unique Honky Tonk Cliff who is not only one of the most professional Compere and DJ he’s actually a brilliant Line dance teacher, Cliff taught two of his own new dances ‘Hillbilly Hot Rod’ and ‘Turn Me To Love’. Partner dance teaching was by JB Western Dance (Julie & Brian) with a new partner dance choreographed for this weekend, “Missing (P)” converted from the line dance with kind permission of Heather Barton, details and the script are already on the JB Western Dance website (www.jbwesterndance.co.uk) and all the usual websites, and we also taught “Coffee For 2”, “New Town Cha” and “Cheating”, thanks to the line dancers who joined in with the partner dance teaching it was great fun. I often say our new partner dancers are there already dancing in the lines.

Paul did his usual great job on the door and Westernview Western Wear with their wonderful stall make this the complete package of a festival.

This is a Country music festival with line and partner dancing and a busy dance floor, but we all have a great time ‘together’. Nobody would deny it gets tight at times but that's half the fun! A separate small dance floor was put down for the hotel guests who wanted to have a dance to some great music.

The raffle, with many prizes kindly donated, and donations for scripts (over a brilliant £10) and a contribution from Henry Smith’s Flower raffle raised a fantastic total of £452.70 for the NSPCC and £30 for a Coventry Children’s charity. So very well done to all everyone.

This festival is so good and that’s the reason it attracts friends from France, Germany and of course all around the UK.
So if I wanted to identify a single factor that makes this festival so popular, and why people have been coming back for year upon year it’s the wonderful people who come along. Line, partner, and listeners all having a great time with Country music together as it should be! We are already looking forward to June 2017.

JB X