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