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  • Come to West London Folk workshop

    Laurel Swift founded this in Year 2000, and it goes from strength to strength, regularly playing concerts and ceilidhs as the West London Folk Band.
    It all starts with tunes which she teaches in West London.
    It is held upstairs at West London Trade Union Club
    33-35 High Street, Acton, London, W3 6ND. Parking in nearby streets is fairly simple, lots of buses pass the door and Acton Central Overground station is 5mins walk.
    Monday evening term-times: 7:15pm - 9:15pm.
    Cost: £7.50 per night.
    Who comes? Bedroom musicians, beginner musicians, starting-again musicians, younger musicians, late bloomers, musicians that think they can only read the dots, musicians who worry that they can’t read the dots – you are all welcome.
    Use the Contact Form or email swiftlj (At) gmail.com to find out more (copy this email address and replace the (At) with @ and remove spaces).

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Message from Mary:
Country dance tune from the playing of William Kimber of Headington Quarry. The title no doubt referred to a figure in the dance which it accompanied. 
The tune sounds like it might be a version of The Triumph, but Paul Burgess’s entry on the tune on Folkopedia states: Originally a French tune, written by Charles Lecoq and included in his three act opéra-comique ‘La fille de Madame Angot’ which was first produced in Brussels at the Théâtre des Fantaisies-Parisiennes on the 4 December 1872. The piece caused a sensation in Britain where it ran for a consecutive five-hundred nights and then appeared in London in various forms as well as being extensively toured… It is still a great favourite with the French, and is still, apparently, played almost continuously in the Asterix theme park, south of Paris.
– this last piece of information having been provided from personal experience by the dance caller Hugh Rippon!

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