You may remember that some time ago, we informed you of a fantastic new music session at the Star Inn in Sparsholt near Wantage in Oxfordshire. We were particularly looking forward to playing our new polska specifically dedicated to the curator of said session, John Langrish. We still are (we’ve more or less done all our practice on that particular tune).
However, please note that John’s session, which is on the last Friday of every month, is now taking place at the Greyhound Inn in nearby Letcombe Regis (there’s a Facebook page for the pub here). We’re seriously impressed at the way that the pub, which was closed for a little while, has been rekitted and refitted – some fabulous decoration has taken place there so that it has a genuinely slinky and state-of-the-art 21st century feel without losing any of its ‘country pub’ authenticity.
As always, the Scandi link is that John has always been open-minded and embraced all forms of acoustic and folk music at his session. We’re particularly grateful to him for having encouraged us in this way, not least because we’re now itching to play a plethora of classic Danish pols dances at The Greyhound.
If categorising numbers within a tune title are anything to go by, there’s at least 449 of these floating around – that is, if you’re looking at the excellent and exhaustive FolkWiki Sverige website.
As a little hors d’oeuvres to give you an indication of both the kind of pols we might play and of the simple classiness that oozes from these tunes, here’s some footage from Denmark of a dance taking place to Engels Pols Totakt Pols nr EJ-24 (the tune of which is also used within the Swedish children’s song Apan Heter Jocko).
We won’t be at The Greyhound this month (we needed to get some logistical issues sorted) but we’ll be glad to see you there from Friday July 27th 2012 from 9pm onwards. Come and join in the fun and spread the good word. And by all means bring your instruments and tunes (Scandi or otherwise) with you.