August 20, 2009

A New Talent ??

Is it a phase or a craze? Neither - seems to be a new found love ........ playing drum is just sooo therapeutic. Bought a tabla a year ago after inspiration from other musicians, dabbled a bit, took workshops, then bought a djembe this year with the idea of playing for Ashnah (one day....). Along with Phil, we played with our djembes, added zills, bought some shakers, Rita and Agne joined in too - and hey! sounds ok......ish.

But who will dance if you play mmmmm.....?

maybe they'll ask Me...ow

Rita, Phil and I have now started to take lessons with the Oxford Drum Troupe Absolutely brilliant. Yea, ok, sore hands ouch, but great fun and well recommended.

Barefoot at Warwick Folk Festival

July, warm weather, great company, laughter, plenty of dancing and lot's of wine - I danced with Barefoot Bellydance at Warwick Folk Festival. I don't think I've ever taken part in such a long procession, I couldn't feel my fingers after playing zills and dancing for so long. What a brilliant exhausting, but great experience though!

Show me the way to go home, I'm tired and I wanna go to bed ..........


Hathor hafla in Kidlington, and another showing of our skirts in our skirt dance, Hanina by Galactic Caravan, Intergalactic. It didn't go 'exactly' to plan (1 foot wrong by someone led to 2 feet wrong by the rest of us ha) but we managed to finish upright and smiling. Great evening!

Abingdon Dance Festival

This year we were again invited by Abingdon Town Council to take part in the 2009 Abingdon International Dance Day. There were Irish dancers, Flamenco, Balkan, the Traditional Morris dancers, us - Ashnah yay! and many more. We showed off our new 'uniform', with our beautiful full tribal skirts made specially by Bellynut Tribal (think we're getting the hang of this matching costumes now)! Check out the full 'swishability' in the pictures below - all together now - oooooh.............

Hey, look at me!

When those skirts get spinning, the weight pulls you round...... and when you stop - they sort of - don't .... mmm

Sassy Rita!