In the Folk world I started as a singer/guitarist, but these days I'm a dancer, caller, teacher, musician, choreographer and tune composer. (I'm separating caller and teacher because many people call dances but very few teach people how to dance, and I try to do both.) I've played guitar with Kafoozalum and Blue Mountain Band; piano with Ad Hoc, Knotted Chord and various unnamed bands; tambourine (for just one dance) with Bare Necessities. I lead The Round Band in Cambridge about five times a term, sometimes lead the band for Cambridge Contra, and play in the band for Histon Folk Dance Club, also in Cambridgeshire. On rare occasions I call and play piano simultaneously. Click on the image to see a video of me playing in Knotted Chord in 2019.
As a caller/teacher I've done Club Nights, Saturday Evening Dances, Evening Classes, Contra Dances, Playford Balls, Zesty Playford evenings, EFDSS National Gatherings, Dances and Workshops for Folk Festivals, Dance Camps in the States, Weekends in Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, Halsway Manor and Belstead House, and the Christmas Course Week in Holland. I've led weeks for Folk Camps and several times led their Dancers' Weekend.
It's not all high-level stuff. I started mainly calling Barn Dances or Ceilidhs, though I do hardly any of that now. For many years I helped run the “Beginners” session every Thursday evening at Cecil Sharp House in London. I called for twelve years at the Stafford Music Day, where my job was to persuade musicians to dance while other musicians are playing. And I enjoy calling Children's dances.
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Colin calls at many Folk Festivals and Folk Dance Clubs, and for nine years helped run the “Beginners” sessions at Cecil Sharp House in London every Thursday. He has called at Folk Dance courses in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Canada, and for Dance Weeks in the U.S.A. at Pinewoods in Massachussetts, Mendocino in California, Brasstown in North Carolina and Buffalo Gap in West Virginia, plus a week of Dancing down the Nile in Egypt. For many years he contributed a regular column to the EFDSS magazine “English Dance & Song”, containing his thoughts on many aspects of the Folk Dance world plus dances by himself or others.
Colin is too outspoken to be everyone's favourite caller, but will appeal to dancers who appreciate an entertaining and varied session including some fairly complicated dances without the reverential attitude to Playford, Tradition or EFDSS that some people adopt.
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