Cheyenne Festival - June 2016 - Brian Minns
Cheyenne’s Grand Summer Party at the Burstin Hotel in Folkestone on 10th 11th and 12th June 2016
Kick off at 1pm and the first teaching sessions of the weekend begins even before people have checked in. JB Western Dance teaching partners and Honky Tonk Cliff looking after the line dancers. Delighted to see so many line dancers joining and having a go at the partner dances and vice versa; many partner dances were line dancers before we moved onto partner dancing. This time the hotel seems to have made some great changes. For one, the check in started at 2pm at the back of the hall allowing people much more time to check in over a longer period. This worked really well. The quality of the food has definitely improved and I was more than happy with everything I ate, good variety and hot plates. Our room was overlooking the harbour and was comfortable, clean and tidy; the location is definitely one of the many strengths of this festival.
Cheyenne have managed to keep these festivals country and maintain great support from loyal listeners, line and partner dancers, who all manage to co-exist on the same dance floor, in fact we have a great time when the floor is at its busiest interacting as we dance round. You meet some of the nicest people if you happen to add a variation!
The line-up of entertainment for the weekend was awesome:
Friday evening: Chris Mezza and The Storms
Saturday afternoon: Ky Rivers
Saturday evening: Zenne Kober and Fools Gold
Sunday afternoon: Hayden’s Duo and ‘New’ Cheyenne (Ky and his Daughter Shayna)
Sunday evening: Chris James and Hayden’s Duo and to finish the fabulous ‘Cheyenne Jam’
If you know these acts you will be more than aware that they are real professionals who know what’s required at a Country festival with a lot of experienced dancers. They do the playing and leave the dance choices to the dancers. Some real highlights for me were:
Chris Mezza and The Storms (Rick and Ashley) got the weekend of to such an upbeat start, the floor was buzzing from the beginning.
My first time seeing Zenne but certainly won’t be the last, wonderful voice and some different songs to those we often hear. Based in the North but will be touring down in the South from time to time, look out for this talented lady.
Fools Gold work down this way quite a bit and always keep the dance floor full in spite of being seriously distracted by Honky Tonk Cliff doing what he does!
New Cheyenne, for me this was an all too short a session from Ky Rivers with his daughter Shayna who has a wonderful voice and is learning from two of the best in the business (Angie and Ky). Look out for Shayna on the circuit she is a real talent.
Hayden’s Duo for me a first. I’ve seen Hayden before but not the duo, really good selection of tracks with some original material. Excellent for dancers and listeners.
Ky Rivers, well what can I say I’m a fan and Ky always delivers.
The dance floor was pretty much always full with both line and partner dancers doing what we do best, having a great time, together!
There are some very loyal people and groups that attend Cheyenne’s festivals and it never fails to be among the most enjoyable because of those people, listeners and dancers who come along. Many travel quite a distance but among the regulars are a couple from northern France, and this time I spoke to a lovely couple from North Stafford which is also quite some journey. They are combining the festival with a visit to Kent, the garden of England which is a great idea.
Putting on a Festival is a massive undertaking.
We’re already looking forward to November’s Turkey and Tinsel festival.
A selection of photos from this event may be found here.
Photos from the Cheyenne Festival - June 2016
Some of the photos taken at the Cheyenne Festival held at the Grand Burstin Hotel, Folkestone in June may be found in the Gallery.
Cheyenne Festival - June 2016 - Jacqui Peacock
June 2016 beginning of their third year. On arrival, already in the hall I noticed that there where many regulars, dancing to Honky Tonk Cliff playing Cd's that where so danceable. It had all eager to dance up and boot scooting ready to begin the June Festival. 1st night we welcomed Chris Mezza first live entertainer. Opening with a "Just To See You Smile" setting the scene for a great 3day event full of true country songs. Mark Wills "Places I've never been" & Zac Brown's "Knee Deep". The Storms also this evening. Rick & Ashley, sang "Honey Bee" & Brandy Clark's "Get High on A Country Song" such a variety of old and new songs. Chris & the Storms came together at the end of the evening giving us amongst others Keith Urbans "Love Somebody Like You.. Over the next two days Saturday & Sunday between 10.30 - 12p.m. Cliff Hall gives Line Dance Tuition & J.B. Western Julie & Brian, a great couple who dance with style and teach all abilities. Taught the following:- Lonely Girl, East Hill Twist, Traveller [p], Have A Ball, & Oh Suzanna. Cliff Taught. 'Hot Tamalas' jnr by Joe Tohampson. The Bottle, by Cliff, Gypsy Queen, by Hazel Pace, 'Back at Mamas' a Tina Argyle and Shelia & Andrew Palmer dance Saturday afternoon. we were blessed with our host Ky Rivers. Ky sang amongst others, Josh Turners "Lay Low" + Willy Nelson's wonderful "Silver Wings" he impressed the crowd so much he got two encores. This Saturday Evening newbie for us. Zenne a female artists with a fantastic deep husky voice. Singing a brilliant acoustic "Old Friends" Heather Miles "Love Me Just A Little Bit Longer" and a wonderful Brandy Clark's "What Will Keep Me Out Of Heaven" + Chely Wright's, "Shut Up And Drive". two great sets. This Lady is one to watch. Fool's Gold a Husband & Wife duo, who specialising in great harmonies. giving us two great sets. both in real form, A new one for me, "Big Blue Tree" a Michael English song, went down well. Josh Turners, I Wann'a Hear Raindrops. + Steve Holly's Good Morning Beautiful the songs they sung where so varied it was a pleasure to dance or listen. Closure this evening, Zenne & Fools Gold played us out with "Call Me The Breeze Our Raffle this evening for The Great Ormond Street Hospital raised £204.00. great night. roll on Sunday. Bleary eyed Sunday morning great breakfast great lessons. Shayna & Ky Rivers Angie & Ky's daughter Shayna is fairly new to the country scene, with a voice like hers, she will be a great addition to the country circuit. [new blood] With Ky alongside her she opened with "Heartaches by the Numbers" words sung as originally written . Listening to her sing Miranda Lamberts "Girl Like Me" made me sad that due to other commitments she only played us the one set, I would have liked to hear more. Hayden Duo also on this afternoon a absolute treat to see Hayden & Billy Levin. singing "One Night At A Time" they mixed it up for us, from "Impossible, Invisible a Hunter Hayes song "Loving All Night and a self penned "My Wife" [who was in the audience]. closing this afternoons session with Come out tonight, 'Oh Yes we will'. Sunday night the very last night of a great 3 day event. Chris James his sung version of "Corn Don't Grow" brilliant not heard often a great Don Williams "First Fool in Line" Chris also sang which I couldn't follow "happy birthday" to one of our crowd in Welsh lol. a James House's "Anything for Love" superb!. The Hayden Duo Hayden & Billy, sang Alan Jacksons "Designated Drinker" "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Red Roses." brilliant. "Honky Tonk Life" the songs coming at us are so varied, Cheyenne Angie & Ky sang a stupendous "Stripes" as well as "Today I Started Loving You Again and a very upbeat "Little White Church" "Blame It On Your Heart". Chris James, almost bought the house down with his rendition of "I'm Already There" Hayden, Angie & Ky & Chris James closed us down this evening with a fantastic Jamming session. roll on November. Noted over the three days. Due to the fact that Cheyenne insist that only country music is sung. the songs are varied and super, however surprise, surprise, the dance floor was never empty. We have to wish our usual doorman Paul a hasty recovery as Alfie took over ad hoc. wishing you here.
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