Cheyenne Festival November 2016 by Brian Minns
We will add photos as we recieve them
Well another amazing weekend down at The Grand Burstin Hotel in Folkestone has come to a close and all too soon. First it has to be said what a terrifically mixed line up, surely something here for every taste of Country music. Kicking off the weekend on Friday afternoon with some line and partner dance classes from 1pm to 3pm keeping the early arrivals occupied while waiting to check in.
Here is the artist line-up, and remember this is just for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Ky Rivers and Shayna
- Alan Gregory
- Peter Shaw
- Paul Taylor
- Boxcar Kelly & the Railroaders
- Stu Edwards' brilliant Johnny Cash Tribute Show with special guest appearance from ‘June Carter’
- Gone Country
Cheyenne Turkey and Tinsel Festival was hosted by Honky Tonk Cliff who is not only one of the most professional Compere, DJ and Line dance teacher, he’s actually got some good jokes! Cliff launched his brand new line dance at this weekend “Walk Away Waltz” and in addition taught “I Don’t Care Got My Beer”, ”Water Off a Ducks Back”, and “Meteorite” to a country track in keeping with this great Country music festival.
Partner dance teaching was covered by JB Western Dance (Julie & Brian) with a new partner dance choreographed for this weekend, “Last Living Cowboy’s”, details and the script are on our website, and we also taught “Louisiana Blues”, “Cowboy Turnaround” and “Love Trip”.
Paul was, as usual doing a great job on the door and Westernview Western Wear with their wonderful stall make this the complete festival.
This is a Country music festival with line and partner dancing and a very busy dance floor on which we all have a great time ‘together’. Of course it gets tight at times but that's half the fun! Every inch of the function room floor was utilised for dancing when the floor was full which was great to see.
The raffle with many prizes kindly donated, and donations for scripts raised a fantastic total of £448 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
There was a definite nautical theme for the Saturday night optional fancy dress with some very smart navel uniforms accompanied by Steven Seagull in the other corner were the Pirates of the Caribbean. It wasn’t all nautical of course we had a couple of dancing Christmas trees that had had to be seen to be believed, we had school boys that behaved for the most part impeccably and kept the catapults in their pockets. In addition to the fancy dress there was so many beautiful ladies and smart ladies who dressed up for the party night.
There was a great variety of music over the weekend with truly something for every taste, and of course that’s one of the hallmarks of this festival. But the factor that makes this festival so popular, and why people have been coming back for year upon year is the fabulous people who come along. Line, partner, and listeners just like it should be! See you in February 2017. JB
At the Burstin - Feb 2015
What a brilliant time we all had. Stu Edwards (Of Gone Country) performed for the first time at THE BURSTIN HOTEL FOLKESTONE KENT.. this weekend & what a terrific act . This guy has such a relaxed,casual stage presence, it's a pleasure just to watch & listen to him. (But we get to dance as well,,,,,RESULT!!!!!Absolute pure country!!
Chris Harris , Steve Jay, Ky & Angie Rivers aka Cheyenne, Richard Palmer, Muddy Boots, Fools Gold, Texas Tornados....All playing old & new country music. Cheyenne Promotions really push the boat out when it comes to signing up our top Artists that we have come to know, love, dance & listen too..
New member to the team was Honky Tonk Cliff. What a DJ !! He actually came round to all the tables for our requests, which he then played at every opportunity & we danced & danced till our feet were sore, as the shy demure, coy, modest Sue Smythe (Ha Ha Ha) has already mentioned.
Thanks Sue for teaching me Mike Stringers dance ,Last Cheaters Waltz,for my beginners & thanks to all my Cool Country club members for their lovely company.
Forgot to mention JB Western Dance Julie & Brian . They teach at the workshops for couples dancing. Very well supported by the couples dancers. But, It's no wonder I forgot to mention them ' cause I'm a line dancer & Honky Tonk Cliff got my support at he's workshop with some lovey new dances taught on Fri, Sat & Sunday morning. I did however get on the floor when Brian & Julie taught OH SUZANNA. What a scream that was. Sorry about talking (rather loudly) while you were teaching Brian . It was my first time for joining in with your teach & got a little carried away with the laughs that we were having....Will bring the gaffa tape in June....
I find this weekend to be an absolute bargain.... 3 nights, full board, 2 live acts on Friday, 3 Live acts on Saturday & 3 live acts on Sunday & all for £165.
Contact Ky Rivers to book your place on 01303 487028. Brilliant friendly atmosphere all round...Roll on June 2015.
Love that Country music!!!!
Maureen Lincoln of Cool Country
Cheyenne Promotions Festival November 2015 (2)
What a fabulous weekend with Cheyenne.Countryartistes at the Burstin in Folkestone.
Friends old and new and one of the very best Country music festivals around with line and partner having great time on the same dance floor. Shows just how successful it can be!
We love working with the awesome Honky Tonk Cliff who DJ's and looks after the line dancers while we (JB) teach the partners!
Then we all dance (play) on the same dance floor to some of the best artists around.
Country music at it's very best from Friday: Paul Bailey (yep, country!) & Souls 'n' Stone, Saturday: Kicking Country, Steve Hanks and Calico (fabulous Country set), Sunday Donna Wylde, Henry Smith and Alan Gregory.
Great music and a bonus of some great comedy. The icing on this weekends cake was for me was the jam session on Sunday night, this is one stage guys! Alan Gregory, Henry Smith and his full band, Angie and Ky of Cheyenne it brought the house down!
Partner dances taught this weekend were: 'Dreaming with our eyes open' (by JB), 'The Shadow (AKA Shadow Noel)' (by Nancy A Martin), A Slow Dance (by Eric Johnson), Bandera (by DJ Dan and Winnie) a nice waltz.
A very respectful 1 minutes silence was held on Sunday for the tragic events in Paris last Friday made especially poignant buy four friends from France who were attending the festival (2 for the second time brought some friends this time). They appreciated gesture so much.
Details will appear on our web site soon of next years Cheyenne Promotions festivals (February, June and November make sure you book early to have fun with us in 2016 but if you can't wait visit Angie and Ky's web site at:www.cheyenne-promotions.com (sorry this is so long but I couldn't leave anything out, it really was that good!
Cheyenne Feb 2016 Festival - Brian Minns
There are lots of good festivals around so what makes this festival GREAT? In my thinking it’s the people who go there. The organisers can provide an environment, invite a great Western stall, get some good instructors and book a great variety of Artists, but the real difference is in those people who attend. Cheyenne’s festival at The Grand Burstin Hotel is a long established Country music festival (one of three) that is currently going through a revival 'under new management' with Cheyenne Promotions, Angie and Ky, two of the most likeable people on the British Country music circuit.
Friday evening saw Richard Palmer keeping the floor full with his distinctive modern country voice, alternating with the Saloon Drifters and their brand of comedy and some terrific song choices, challenging the dancers to dig deep into the memory banks, but they rose to the challenge and not once was there an empty dance floor.
Saturday afternoon and Richard was back, an afternoon set without repetition and even taking requests, shows what an impressive talent this young man is. On stage after Richard Palmer was Angie Rivers (the good looking half of Cheyenne) who filled the floor and the room with quality Country music. Then everyone in the room had a treat, we witnessed the first live performance on a Country music stage of Shayna, Angie and Ky’s Daughter, who in spite of a few nerves, gave us over 30 minutes of quality Country, and demonstrated she has inherited all the talents from both Mother and Father with a wonderful voice, and not at all bad on the guitar either. Some of the loudest applause, cheers, stomping brought Saturday afternoon to a close.
Saturday evening and again an evening of contrasts, Kay D who to be honest I haven’t seen for a few years has matured into a talented young lady. Clarity of vocals of country, new and old, gave us a great night. Our alternate act tonight was Gambler Duo. A long established act on the circuit and you get exactly what expect from the guys. Moving exhaustedly onto Sunday afternoon, Daniel Berry warmed us up for a final set from Kay D who said she had a bad cold but you would never have known it, quality in spades!
That leaves Sunday evening and two of the leading acts in the UK today on the stage at the same time. The awesome Daniel Berry and inimitable Alan Gregory, this was everything you could imagine. Great music and the dance floor was full and people didn’t move, they knew the next track was going to be danceable so there was no point.
This Festival is based in Folkestone overlooking the harbour. One of the joys for us is that it’s mixed, yes line and partner dancers with 3 days of classes held during the afternoon of Friday and the morning of Saturday and Sunday. So whatever your dance preference and ability, with live music in the afternoon and evenings you get as much dancing as you can cope with! As Partner dance teachers we love to see the line dancers joining in with the partner dancers and learning a partner dance or two, we always try to include an easy fun dance for all. One of the bands even felt the mixed floor worthy of comment, is it really that unusual these days? At Cheyenne’s festivals the line and partner work together, even when the floor is busy we interact and have a great laugh. Partner dance instruction is provided by ourselves (JB Western Dance) and the Line dancers are admirably catered for by the unique 'Honky Tonk Cliff' who is also the DJ, compare and at times the entertainment for the weekend. The hall is large, the dance floor is cosy but with attention to etiquette by all, we have great fun and you meet some of the nicest people! Many festival guests come along, as they have done for many years to listen to great country music and watch the dancing. Hotel guests are allowed in to listen and are provided with their own dance floor to allow them to have a dance. The main dance floor is strictly for festival guests only. So to answer my question from the beginning? What makes Cheyenne’s Festivals GREAT is those wonderful people who come along and support this ‘Country music’ festival, and I mean all, listener’s, line and partner dancers.
(Photos of the Festival supplied by Maureen Lincoln and Linda Walker may be found here. )
Cheyenne Festival Report - Feb 2015
The Grand Burstin Hotel in Folkstone Feb 20-22nd 2015
Cheyenne Artists held the 1st of their triple parties to be held at The Berstead this year. For a country weekender that has run here for over a decade being fairly new at the helm must be daunting. They have a lot to live up to. Do they live up to it. Yes they are keeping true to their promise. Country Music being written into contracts for all performing artists.
My first intro into to the amazing weird world of Honky Tonk Cliff the new resident DJ was shall we say a small/eruption of amazement. This guy becomes a huge persona of a quite unassuming man who is quite frankly. Lovely. Mike in hand he changes into this huge voiced man who changes into so many different outfits that surprise, alarm, amuse and quite frankly make so many dissolve into laughter that they forget their steps. Honky Tonk likes to blend into the line dance. which is so much fun.
Anyhow that enough for the background about our new D.J. Friday Nights entertainment where Chris Harris & Muddy Boots. Chris Harris was first up, opening with a Mavericks "Scotia Samba" Ronnie Dunn's "Bleed Red" was a great addition to his wonderful double set list. Muddy Boots. award winning duo Richard Edlin on bass and harmonies and Chris Mezza on lead guitar and lead vocals. There vast set list makes it so easy to see them again and again. always ringing in the changes and keeping up to the moment. Opening with "My New Life" Mark Wills 1997 "You Take Me Places I've never been" was a song. The evening drew to a close with Honky Tonk playing out requests.
Line dance tuition began every morning at 10.30 a.m. Stu Edwards solo this Saturday afternoon. Leaving his band back in surrey. Gave us country tunes to thrill and entertain both dancers and listeners alike and even giving us a fantastic acoustic set accompanied by a friend who I'm ashamed to say I missed. Stu loves to be a little different with his country set and it shows from what I heard, All good. I can assure you.
Party Night this Saturday Steve Jay & Fools Gold. Steve Jay first up this evening. Sounding the best I have ever heard Mixed it up for us. Old & New. From "One Way Ticket" & "Land Of Opportunity" and James House "Anything for Love On Days Gone By" brilliant song . Fools Gold Debbie & Paul are a great duo singing the likes of "Cool me the Breeze" to "One Shot" they give a wonderful mixture of fast & slow songs that make it superb for both dancers & listeners Honky Tonk Cliff teaching's this weekender are. Last Living Cowboy. Just Lay Low, Still in Dallas-,[ his own] Till its gone & South Australia.
Great surprise was Kye Rivers. solo this afternoon. How laid back and was he. Beside running a great weekend he gave us Frankie Ballards "Helluva Life" & "Dixie Road" Angie accompanied hi for a couple of songs which was refreshing "Ball & Chain" and "I Hope You're The End of My Story a great Pistol Annies number.
Sunday the last night we offered up Richard Palmer & Texas Tornados. By now it was blowing up a storm outside the sea swell was something else. Opening to a full dance floor Richard gave us "This is me Missing You" and out of the arcades "Dream Lover" it so great to hear Richard singing Country. although he did succumb to a couple of requests Like "I'm Gonn'a be There" & a Chris De-Burgh's "The Words I Love You" [let you of Richard you sang a request] Texas Tornados Texas are a super trio who are always up for a party, "Seven Nights to Rock" way back in the archives of time Doris Day gave us " The Black Hills Of Dakota" Pete encouraged all to sing along to his rendition. Kenny Rogers "You Picked a Fine Time To Leave Me Lucille" Pete also gave us a song that he has written OMG. Look out for it on you tube "You'll always be my Cowgirl" Richard joined Pete to close the night. "high Class Lady" and an appropriate "Wagon Wheels". Roll on June. Bookings being taken now.
· Jacqui Peacock
June Weekend at the Burstin
Home today after 3 days at The Burstin Hotel in Folkestone Kent with Cheyenne Promotions (aka Angie & Ky Rivers of Cheyenne).
Strictly Country music Festival. Brilliant line up of country artistes.Carl Shay,Bob Keely, Glen Rogers, The Thrill Billies, John Permenter, Peter Shaw, Black Steel, Cheyenne & Honky Tonk Cliff workshop & DJ. Fabulous weekend,
Loads of dancing. New dances being taught were, Like Coca Cola in Hollywood (Wil Bos) Girl Crush (Rachael & Alison) Little Lady Bug (Tina) & quite a few had not done Galway Gathering so Cliff taught that as well. Cliff even managed to get Angie (of Cheyenne) on the floor to learn & dance one of the dances tub hat were taught. Whoo Hoo will have to get a set of 'L' plates for that girl !!!!.......
Ive booked my club members in already for November of this year because the line up on stage is Alan Gregory, Henry Smith Band, Paul Bailey, Calico, Steve Hanks, Saloon Drifters, Donna Wilde & Souls 'N' Stone. We don't want to miss this Festival!!! I just love the atmosphere at this venue & Angie & Ky are always around having a good old laugh with us all............................
Maureen Lincoln - Cool Country
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