Archive for November, 2014


Leveret plays “Upon A Summer’s Day” and “Abbots Bromley Horndance” from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

Leveret is: Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. This performance was part of the Homegrown Festival at The Met in Bury, England which was presented in collaboration with the English Folk Expo.
“Upon A Summer’s Day” appears in the Playford Book of English Dances and Tunes that first appeared in 1651. The Abbots Bromley Horndance can be traced back to the Middle Ages and the origin of the tune is unknown. It was collected by Cecil Sharpe.

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Leveret at the Met Main Stage from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

This would please Purcell! These English folk dances are performed wonderfully by this trio of aces. It took me several passes to figure out which of the squeezeboxes was playing what, because they are so close in timbre, and it all meshes together so well.
The performance was part of the Homegrown Festival, a joint production of the The Met and the English Folk Expo.

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clogdancing horse from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

While covering the English Folk Expo, I was treated to a delightful performance from the Lancashire Wallopers, which included this whimsical vaudeville act. Clog Dancing originated in the Lancashire Wool mills, and developed into the sophisticated form you see here. More to come from this show too.

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