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Cheyenne Promotions Festival November 2015
Arriving at The Burstin Hotel in Folkstone ready for www.cheyenne-promotions.com Tinsel & Turkey Time Country Music weekend jamboree. Surprisingly, Already the floor was almost full with early arrivals waiting for their room keys dancing. I thought! this is going to be grand. 3p.m. check in time. Friday 13th, keys to room 911. out of the envelope. omg! . Need I worry? 'No'. A newly decorated room looking wonderful for me and my partner.
Our entertainers this evening Paul Bailey & Souls of Stone. Paul Opened the evening Dressed in Leathers, Stetson and great spangled jacket with an awesome set list, "Memories Are Made Of This" 1955 song but omg how popular. Paul gave us two sets. From "Heavenly Cha" to "Here Comes My Baby" the floor was a mass of Liners & partner dancers Paul likes to guide dancers into a marathon, "From A Jack To A King" "Take These Chains From My Heart" & Guy Mitchell's "Singing The Blues" etc., leaving all gasping. Paul did country music full justice. "islands In The Stream" "Dance With Me" I think Paul Just about covered all tastes. Ending with an encore, he closed on "Elvis's "Burning Love. wonderful. Souls Of Stone a replacement to "Saloon Drifters" the guitarist had open break to his wrist. Jaynie & Greg a great duo who revel in their country music. The mix of songs that Jaynie & Greg gave us was a wonderful mixture of old and new songs that kept the floor buzzing. all night. "That's How A Cowgirl breaks A Young Girls Heart" Toby Keith's "Last Living Cowboy" "Galway Girl" they closed their final set with a wonderful medley of Doris Day's songs "Deadwood Stage" "Secret Love" & Tennessee Waltz" absolutely wonderful those not dancing where swaying their arms in time to the music what a first night.
Those brave enough 10.30a.m. lessons with JB Western Dance & Honky Tonk Cliff. check the web site where all the dances are listed.
Kicking Country are our afternoon entertainers, not so hard with this wonderful group of people. They kept the floor busy. The unruly Cliff [Honky Tonk] is our DJ Emcee, linking the evening smoothly between live entertainers & the breaks playing some wonderful requests.
Saturday Night. Steve Hanks & Calico. Steve in great voice gave us "Honky Tonk Life" "Old Friends" & "Corn Don't Grow" I loved his version of "HonkyTonkVille" a George Strait number. Steve's a big guy with a wonderful voice [it lends itself not just to his radio show]. 'Back to the moment', the country numbers that Steve sings, Well!, he makes them sound so good. It was great hearing, some of the oldies along with really modern country music. Steve gave us a Desert Rose Band's "One Step Forward" Its the first time I've had the pleasure of seeing Steve. I hope it won't be the last. A wondrous , "Little Busy Bee" really enjoyed. I have to admit there wasn't a song sung that I didn't. During this Saturday evening we had our raffle. over 20 prizes donated all proceeds going to Demeiza House Hospice we raised £403.00. + 5 Euro's. Next I have to admit being a little sceptical when I saw that Calico listed, as I know them to be a great Line dance duo. However I didn't have to be perturbed in the least. Nikky Napier & Ian Watson 'Calico' gave us two sets packed to the gunnels with full on country numbers that where a pleasure to hear. Nikky opened with "Just To See You Smile" grand that filled the floor, from "My New Life" "Tennessee Waltz" "Strawberry Wine" Nikky & Ian closed with a wonderful "Eyes Wide Open" absolutely brilliant. Country music lovers need have no hesitation in booking them for a country music only set list.
15th Sunday after morning lessons Donna Wilde, a lass with a voice that blows dancers & listeners away. [I was laying down harrumph]. I was told she was a bundle of dynamite with a personality to match. I'm told she sung the likes of "Fast Moving Train" "It Happens" or even "Blue Eyes Crying in the rain" Donna has at least three albums out there, worth obtaining. the last evening rolling ever nearer.
Our very last night, Alan Gregory & The Henry Smith Band, however before this Ky asked all a minutes silence. All stood up for this which, closed with spontaneous applause.
Alan as bouncy and funny as ever, singing the Likes of "High Class Lady" and seeing the floor full with dancers, "Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open".+ new one for me. Nathan Carters "Good Luck To The Girl" [great song]. ""Shoebox" "Memphis Love" also a wonderful mix of an Everly Brothers medley of numbers he has very cleverly linked, and boy does it sound good. There's not a lot of times, you have the privilege of seeing a full on band on stage adding to that, a UK band that actually has a Nashville recording deal. The Henry Smith Band. Opening "Hallo Darkness my Old Friend" he gave us some actual humdingers that with a full live band behind them sound so good. "Walking After Midnight" & "Job description" along with the tongue twisting "Auctioneer " which is done with some aplomb by the master Henry is quite something. I adored Vince Gill's "If I didn't have you" during the last set Henry called Angie up onto the stage She sang "Two more Bottles Of Wine" with Henry also "I don't know you anymore" after a wonderful couple of songs Ky then sang "Copperhead Road" and Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through The Night". almost done Henry Called Alan Gregory back. For a few magical moment's we had a Frank Spencer duel Both Alan & Henry conversed with each other via their Frank Spencer alter egos. Brilliant. They gave us an additional "Guitars & Cadillac's" "Rock Around The Clock" "Blue Suede Shoes" closing the weekend down with "Let It Be Me" & "Don't Close Your Eyes".
Now all that needs to be said, is see you all in February. Check out the web site www.cheyenne-promotions.com for updates, & of course Cheyenne's face book page.
Cheyenne Feb 2016 Festival - Lindas view
What a fabulous wend had by all who attended the" Country Music" Event at the Burstin Hotel in Folkestone run a organised by the smashing Angie a Ky Rivers of Cheyenne Promotions.
Friday 19th the "Crystal Ball" Winner Richard Palmer started the ball rolling(as the saying goes) a he did not disappoint. Followed by the Saloon Drifters.
Sat afternoon Richard Palmer got the audience going a later in the evening the lovely Kay-D gave a superb performance a then the Gamblers.
Sunday afternoon well can I say anything further about this young man Daniel Berry, he certainly had the ladies fluttering a swooning over him(didn't we Brenda Saunders a Sue's. Brilliant performer cheers Daniel a lovely to meet ur other half too. Lastly by no means the icing on the cake to finish the wend off, the one a only "Everly Medley" Himself a excellent Mr Alan Gregory, did he entertain he certainly did. (We had a funny half hour with him a he didn't know whether he was coming or going ha) all I'm going to say is 'Nickers/Pants) he he!!!what a laugh!
Photo's of lovely friends Met up a had laughs with as follows: Sue Smyth, Brenda Saunders, Maureen Lincoln re(Mother Hen' but lovely with it) Jean a Jed, Margaret a John, Ange a Mick, Raye a Roger, Sue a Martin, Angie a Ky Rivers, Paul on the door, Cliff Hall DJ a all others friends around a long list but u all know who u re. Once again big thanks to all the Artistes for superb entertaining as always. Over a out( bet ur all thinking thank Goodness or worst) Ha!
(The photos that accomany this 'report' can be found in the Kent Country Gallery )
Cheyenne Feb 2016 Festival - Jaqui Peacock
On arrival at the Grand Burstin Hotel in Folkstone. Collected a key to a great room on the 10th floor, I looked forward to preparing for a super weekend with Cheyenne. They are becoming old hands, with each festival enjoyed by all. So much so, that on arrival I walked into the main hall to see the floor already full with dancers, dancing whilst they waited to check in. [Talk about eager!] lol
Friday night Richard Palmer & Saloon Drifters with HonkyTonk Cliff our Emcee, DJ & Line dance Tutor for the weekend festivities. For starters Cheyenne opened the evening with a great Ashley Monroe number "You Ain't Dolly" running directly into "Past The Point of Rescue" Angie does full justice to "Girl Crush" they closed with a super "I see me" HonkyTonk played a few requests before introducing . The Saloon Drifters John & Neil. John is a tall man with a distinctive voice. Whilst Neil plays a mean guitar. his musicianship cannot be faulted. they sang songs the likes of "Fulsome Prison Blues""Seminole Wind" giving us great standards that where very danceable keeping a full floor. Crystal Boots award winning Richard Palmer also lined up for us, this evening "You Belong to me" and "Corn Don't Grow" Richards set enjoyed a full floor he needed to save himself also for a Saturday afternoon matinee here. The Saloon Drifters returned to give us some more super standards before the evenings close. I had escaped by now to send up a few zzz'zs .
Saturday afternoon. Richard Palmer & Angie. along with a surprise in the guise of Shayna Angie & Ky's daughter, who gave a great performance for the afternoon folk. which i am told on good authority bought some really loud applause at the end of her set. She is obviously a chip of both blocks i.e. Angie & Ky. entertained the afternoon revellers after the mornings line dance Tuition from HonkyTonk & JB Western Partner Dance Julie & Brian they teach great Country music partner dances. We shall the dances later.
Saturday Night. Kay 'D' & Gambler A wonderful first time surprise for me. Kay'D' what a voice. Kay is not a tall lass but she has a voice that hits the right spots. she sang James House's 'This is Me missing You' one of the best renditions of this song I've heard. her set was bright and busy. from being "Messed up in Memphis", Brandy Clarke's "What'll Keep Me Out Of Heaven", & Julie Robert's " Unlove Me" this is a lass that kept it country all through her set and so deserves to be out there and heard so much more. partnering Kay 'D' Gambler they opened with a fast and furious "High class lady" Toby Keith's "Last Living cowboy" Bruce Springsteens "Tougher than the Rest "they kept it very traditional which was nice. Kay 'D' returned to give us a further stonking set loaded with show stoppers. Leann Rimes "Commitment" was stunning. Gambler came back for a trio of oldies the likes of "Dont Rock The Juke Box & Tougher Than The Rest + a superb "Apache". Closing , Kay 'D' & Cheyenne back to closed down the evening, singing "Loving all Night , Angie sang "Every Little Thing" with Kay 'D' they slammed it wonderful their harmonies where spot on closing with a very good "Galway Girl" Sung by Ky. During the evening we held a raffle which raised £283.90pence for Great Ormond Street Hospital. so to all who purchased tickets thank you so much.
Sunday afternoon, Kay 'D' & Daniel Berry entertained the afternoon dancers
Sunday Night. Closing time nears, 'harrumph' Its been so full on I didn't want this to come. Entertaining us this night. Alan Gregory & Daniel Berry. Daniel opened with a medley singing From a "Jack to a King"-"Take These Chains-Singing the Blues" there were just a few Line dancers gasping at the closure of this one. He has a great set list singing songs the likes of "Driven" Places" "Fast as You" & Seven Nights to Rock, Daniel likes his rocky songs and it shows but I must admit to enjoying his version of "Neon Moon". Alan Gregory with that very impish grin joined Daniel to sing a Scooter Lee's "Jai Du Boogie". after the link so well done by our HonkyTonk Cliff where he played some super requests. Alan Gregory opened his set with "The Real Deal" Alan does a brilliant "High Class Lady" a Lennerockers number .Kenny Chesney's "American Kids" a great addition to the dance floor During the time various artists where entertaining us HonkyTonk appeared in various costumes that caused a bit of a stir. Ky & Angie Cheyenne came on stage for to short a time sang "Corn Don't Grow, a Dixie Chicks "Long Time Gone + Eric Clapton's They Call me The Breeze Angie sang a number that makes the hairs on your arm stand up, an acoustic "I Hope Your The End Of My Story" after a few more super numbers Alan Returned to give us a further songs the likes of "Rolling With The Flow, "Talk is Cheap" "Same Thing Happened to Me" "Eyes Wide open" Alan gave us a great losing side of me!. Cheyenne joined Alan on stage with an Everly medley, "Never felt Like This - Johnny is a Joker- Hey Bird Dog- By By Love" then a great "Honky Tonk Life" between Ky Angie & Alan "Just Wann'a Dance The Night Away" to bring the night to a close with a very sadly sung "Always Be The Best Of Friends"
I folded my flags putting them safe ready for the very next one in June
(Photos of the Festival supplied by Maureen Lincoln and Linda Walker may be found here. )
Fools Gold Charity Night - Report
A charity line dance was held at Smarden's Charter Hall, in aid of Pilgrim's Hospice on May 20th, organised by Sue Vidler, the fourteenth of such dances
over the past few years, raising in excess of £8,000 for the Hospice.
Popular Line Dance duo "Fools Gold" kept a floor of some 55 dancers from various clubs, on the move - with a raffle and CDs between sessions (in case
anyone would think of taking a breather).
The total on the night was £685, boosted by generous donations from 2 clubs - with Barclays Bank kindly doubling the amount for the Charity.
An enjoyable and lively evening with the best of results for the Pilgrims Hospice Charity.
A selection of photos may be found below.
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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.
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