Cheyenne Festival - February 2019 - Brian Minns Report
When you get back from a festival exhausted and happy then you know it’s been a good weekend.
This is a Festival that’s been running for in excess of 34 years with firstly Ann Hinder, and now with Cheyenne Promotions hosting. Like many festivals around the country and also our clubs the numbers have been reducing. So much so that the Hotel Burstin refused to let the Festival go ahead in the large hall as it always has done. The festival was forced to move into a smaller room downstairs with no disabled access. 0/10 for the Hotel Management and 10/10 for all our guests for coping admirably with the change.
Given the impasse at the last-minute Cheyenne tried to let everyone know giving priority to those who may be affected by the access to the hall. Many of the dancers came along with reservations about the situation as they, like all us did not know the hall and how things would work. But with the benefit of hindsight we should have known better.
This has been a line and partner festival since the beginning and especially in recent years this has been one of its biggest strengths, line and partner dancer’s work together keeping the dance floor a full, busy and exciting place to be. That isn’t to say it’s perfect and there are times when it’s challenging but those are the times we all smile at each other, maybe have a joke and move on.
Everyone comes for a good time and life’s to short to fall out of a patch of dance floor! This festivals greatest strength is the people who attend and in this respect the change of room proved to be a great help.
No hotel guests were allowed in the hall and this resulted in a party atmosphere from start to end that was one of the best I have ever seen.
For the second time at this Festival we welcomed a party from Germany (Micha and friends of Lucky Country www.lucky-country.de/lucky ) so we can truly call it international! Great dancers, line and partner and joined in with the teaching and fun, very welcome and we hope to see them again.
A fabulous line up of artists truly provided a weekend of live music that would rival any festival in the country for value for money.
• Steve Lovett
• Texas Gunn
• Peter Shaw (afternoon)
• The Storms
• Roots & Wings (afternoon with Mike and Kelly)
• Nadine Somers
• Daniel Berry
All ably introduced and supporting by the inimitable Honky Tonk Cliff our Emcee and DJ.
Dance teaching this weekend:
Partner JB Western Dance (Julie & Brian)
• Sweet Delight (Dan Albro - 32 count)
• Star Turn Shuffle (JB Western Dance - 56 count relaunch to “Dance Her Home”)
• Michigan Shuffle (Joe & Penny Baker - 32 count)
• Codigo (David Dabbs – 64 count)
Step sheets for all the above available to download on the Cheyenne promotions new website ( www.cheyennepromotions.co.uk/resources.html ).
Line dances taught by Honky Tonk Cliff were:
• Off the Beaten Track – (Gary O’Leary - 32 count)
• Call Me When It’s Over Baby – (Honky Tonk Cliff - 32 count)
• Cherry Bomb – (Rob Fowler 32 count)
• Codigo – (Pat Stott - 32 count)
• Your One and Only - (Honky Tonk Cliff - 40 count)
• Timbuktu - (Tina Argyle - 64 count)
Step sheets for all the above available to download on the Cheyenne promotions new website
( www.cheyennepromotions.co.uk/resources.html ).
We can announce the launch of the new Cheyenne Promotions website www.cheyennepromotions.co.uk where you can find information about future festivals, pictures from recent festivals and web contact forms and downloads. Look around and let us know what you think.
Photos from Debbie Shaw. More can be found at http://photos.kent-country.org/thumbnails.php?album=77
Cheyenne Festival - February 2019 - Cliff Hall Report
Just back from the Cheyenne Weekender at Folkestone and you know what its probably the best one to date, yes being down stairs was different and on the face of it you would think this is to small but every one worked together on the dance floor and when a really popular dance came on some waited till it was played again.
Partner and Line dancers worked so well with each other on this event which was great to see. Lots of Ideas to make more dance floor for the June event. Im sure places will be limited so book early the atmosphere was more friendly and cosy.
Well what a line up we had kicking off on Friday The brilliant Steve Lovett and the fantastic Texas Gun all great musicians and jamming together at the end was magic.
Saturday afternoon we had Pete Shaw another great performer who can make a guitar growl two brill spots Pete.He stood in for Chris Kenwood who had an accident and had to cancel hope you are feeling well soon Chris,
Saturday evening hosts of the event the fab Cheyenne with the terrific Storms great night.
Sunday afternoon Roots and Wings who also stood in for Tony Crooks who was unwell get better soon Tony, two great spots and a super afternoon which brings us to finally night what can i say Nadine Somers Vocalist and Daniel Berry two nutters lol in a nice way lol lots of great music and funny banter brilliant way to Finnish off a fantastic Weekend.
Brian Minns and Julie did another fab job with the Partner instruction Brian will be posting the dances taught over the weekend.
I had a great response again from the line dancers you make it a pleasure showing you some new dances which were this time, Codigo Pat Patricia Stotty Stott Cherry Bomb Rob Fowler Your one and Only by myself, Timbuktu Tina Argyle Off the beaten Track Gary O' Reilly and Just a Phase Fred Whitehouse & Maddison Glover . Phewww haha.
Thanks to Ky and Angie for keeping this event running and to the helpers who do things over the weekend for Ky and many thanks to you all for making me and Lynne so welcome at the event. See you in June..
Cliff and Lynne..
Photos from Debbie Shaw. More can be found at http://photos.kent-country.org/thumbnails.php?album=77
Cheyenne Festival - November 2018 - Brian Minns
Back to work after a brilliant weekend with Cheyenne down at the Burstin Hotel in Folkestone. See Honky Tonk Cliffs report that sums it up perfectly. Looking forward to February for more fantastic music and line and partner dancing. This is a mixed festival where line and partner dancers have a great time together on the same floor. Looking forward to the 22nd to 25rd February 2019 why don't you join us for a fun filled romantic weekend!
The dances Julie and I (JB) taught this weekend were:
Dance title: Thank You
Choreography: Karen and Nigel Poll
Music: Thank You by Gary Perkins & The Breeze
Dance title: Straight to Hell-O
Choreography: Dan Albro
Music: Straight To Hell by Darrius Rucker
Dance title: There Goes The Neighborhood
Choreography: Chris and Trev - Lonestar WPDC
Music: There Goes The Neighborhood by Keith Harling
Dance title: Simplicity
Choreography: Diane Jackson & Josie Copley
Music: Simple by Florida Georgia Line
See you on the floor!
Cheyenne Festival - November 2018 - Cliff Hall
Well the level of talent was amazing something for everyone and not a dull moment. Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday morning workshop with myself for Linedance and Brian and Julie for Partner was well attended and straight to work looking at some new dances full list later on in the post.
Friday night and were off with two great performers Bob Keeley and John Doherty very different but both brilliant keeping a busy floor all night and a couple at the end of the night together fab.
Saturday afternoon show was Shaina wow two brilliant spots her confidence is really shining through now keeping everyone happy whether dancing or listening.
Saturday Night gave us the brilliant Steve Jay and Chris Mezza two of the best musicians out there today and they didnt disappoint great night had by all and once again both did a couple at the end together rocking the house.
Sunday afternoon Zenne Kober her raw voice is totally unique and so Country totally brilliant and playing a great mix for dancers and listeners alike.
Then Sunday and a replacement is on the way as a member of Long Shot had taken ill i hope he gets well soon. But no worries we hear that Rob Childs is on his way you know you are in for a great night,Fantastic guitarist brilliant sense of humor interacting with the audience always a winner for me and coupled with the crazy Soul n Stone who are fabulous our last night was awesome and when all three performed at the end it was electric and a brilliant end to the weekend well done all Artistes great line up.
Three busy workshops with myself and Brian and Julie teaching a nice selection of new dances, Linedances taught are THANK YOU by Tina Argyle a brilliant tribute to Garry Perkins WHOS THAT MAN by Tina Argyle WOMAN LOVE and YOUR MEMORY by myself and BOUND TA GIT DOWN by Rob Fowler all were very well received and thank you for all the lovely comments about my two new dances.
Once again Brian Minns and Julie Minns will post Partner dances taught this weekend, Always love working with Julie and Brian they give it there all well done guys.
And Ky and Angie thanks for keeping the event open it holds a lot of memories for a lot of people who dont want to see it stop so im told by so many, As you know im the new boy ( BOY lol) i never new this event before i joined it but the scene is changing lots more events to go to which waters everything down and then its harder to get a great atmosphere with less people attending so dont throw away your past memory's keep adding to them and keep coming to this festival to add to your memories in the future .
You are lovely people who enjoy YOUR festival and its a pleasure for me to be there helping you to enjoy your event. Merry Christmas guys see you at all three next year hope you had a good time and got home safe.
Cliff and Lynne.
Country Superstars Weekend - Summer 2018
Thank you (and you will see this statement a lot) To every one who made our Dolly Parton and the Country Superstars Weekender one to remember! Its months in the planing and so much hard work but it was tremendous. We started it last year with our first event with a chance for people to come and see us and be able to have a chat and get to know us personally as we are normally we are only seen on stage and briefly at meet and greets.
We never thought it would grow so fast but boy it did....... with over 600 people in the main ballroom on the Saturday night and a SOLD OUT hotel with 500 rooms.
Firstly I have to thank my wonderful band Tennessee Allstars Band they played great all weekend and were very supportive, Wol Webster and Darren Bass thank you for your extra help, you both went above and beyond x x Then Team CSE Gwendoline Aslett Matthew Endersby Tracy Vedamuttufor your work from morning till night!!! and support of Michael Crust Mandy Brocklehurst Pauline Williams Thank you all, Peter Hewitt Thank you for help throughout the weekend with Costume repairs, furniture removal at 2am and everything in between x x Thank you Justine Brown (we call her the glue) for your DJ'ing, Lighting and Dance teaching really keeps the programme together x x.
Thank you IOW Tours Geoff Holt Oli Williams David Hazell you were terrific, professional, supportive and so helpful on the days and Check in ran smoothly thanks to your help.....
Thank you to The Entertainers:
Working alongside The Dolly Parton Experience - Sarah Jayne's Tribute Act Show and The Country Superstars Experience Hosted By No1 Dolly Parton Sarah Jayne and Andy Crust Sarah Jayne Dolly Crust Andy Kenny Rogers Crust
Friday: Richard Palmer
Saturday: Duncan Norvell Lee Jackson Elvis
Friday: Richard Palmer
Every night in the Lounge Shaun Murray
You all worked to the Top of your abilities making our Guests Happy and leaving with nothing but praise for you.
Thank you to the Staff of The Grand Burstin Hotel - Britannia Hotels your staff worked tirelessly supporting our weekend from start to finish.... From Management to Hotel Floor ensuring things ran smoothly for 600 People.
Thank you to our Safety Team - Steve Hall and John Rogers for keeping all our guest safe and had the unenviable task off turning people away because we were full.
Thanks to Westernview Western Wear Ange Church and Mick we love having you both with us and so do the guests knowing your shop is there for all their needs. It's always a giggle too x
BUT THE BIGGEST THANK YOU GO'S TO THE Wonderful GUESTS.
What a turn out of Country Fans, Line Dance fans and general public who like to just have a great time away at the weekend. You made our weekend so special with your comments and smiles. Thank you x x
We would really love to thank you for Taking part in the Raffle, Donations and in our MAD Bingo with Matthew Endersby and Tracy Vedamuttu and your generosity smashed last years total by raising an amazing £1022.56 for the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library here in the UK Thank you Thank you Thank you x x
Please Forgive us if we have missed you off with so many people to thank its hard to remember everyone. Andy and I are absolutely exhausted but really looking forward to doing it again next year x x x We will tag a few of you (guests) in this post but if you know some that attended please tag them in the comments.
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Country Superstars - Summer 2018
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Well just back from another amazing weekend with The Country Superstars,hosted by Sarah Jayne Crust and Andy Crust at The Grand Burstin Hotel Folkestone.
Also would like to thank the team that support them, Matthew Endersby Tracey Endersby, Gwendoline Aslett, Sarah's mum Mandy, Andy's dad,and the amazing band The Allstars. Also thanks to Iow tours oli williams Jeff and David, and Justine Brown for supplying us with the music. And Mick and Ange Church for their western wear stall,Sorry if I missed anyone out but you all do an amazing job.
Started off on Fri afternoon with complimentary tea coffee and cakes meet and greet with Sarah and andy then Friday night we had the pleasure of Richard Palmer Dolly, Kenny, pasty cline and glen Campbell.
Sat morning my favourite bit of the weekend (ssshhh don't tell Sarah and andy) lol Matt and Traceys bingo session, he's just so funny everyone was in stitches lol
Justine did a little workshop then Andy sung some awesome songs loved it (second favourite bit of the weekend ) lol
In the evening we had Lee Jackson first time I've seen him and he's a very good country singer. Then we had Duncan Norvelle the comedian from back in the 80s who's catchphrase was "chase me chase me" he still had that famous comedy timing and again had the room laughing. To finish sat night we had Dolly and Kenny doing their thang. It was packed over 600 people and everyone went home or back to their rooms having seen a fantastic show.
Sunday we had a guest presenter doing the bingo yes the one and only Boy George Well it was Matt really but it went down a treat my lot loved him,and to entertain us even more we had a game of play your cards right, it was Hilarious again so much laughter it was infectious.
By Sunday afternoon it was taking it toll on Sarah's throat bless her so rather than pushing it too much she did a meet and greet with everyone,she bought all her memorabilia about dolly parton from home and people could take photos and just generally chat with her. She's such a lovely girl.
Sunday night she was back on top form again and her and andy did their big show with,Dolly, pasty cline, billy jo spears,Tammy wynette, Andy was Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, John Denver,Johnny cash and they had the backing of
The all stars band. Richard Palmer did 2 more sets then it was time to say our good night's.
So until next year (yes were definitely going back its all booke)love to you all and thank you for making our weekend very special. Xxxx
Also thanks to my lovely lot who came and kept me company xxx
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