Sleeve Notes for National Youth Folklore Troupe of England by NYFTE
NYFTE (pronounced ‘nifty’) has been inspiring young people in our traditions of English music, song and dance since 1990. For team members, we offer the friendship of young people sharing an interest in folk; the opportunity to learn new skills and develop existing ones; the chance to learn from respected tutors and peers; development of teamwork and leadership skills, building confidence in abilities and providing the opportunity to perform at festivals and in concerts.
NYFTE members are aged 10-18 and come from all over the country.
NYFTE performers on this recording
Dylan Cairns-Howarth, Chris Campbell, Jenny Cope, David Dailly, Rhianwen & Sioned Davies, Jenny Digby, Flora Dodd, Stuart Duncan, India Foster, Isabel Francis, Harriet & Penny Kempson, Sam Mabbett, Maria Marshall, Aoife McAdam, Summer Morris, Matthew Nikel, Kynan & Troi Parker-Roth, Mark Pinder, Molly Pipe, Richard Portlock, Hannah & Sophia Riley, Helen Rogers, William Sartin, Eliza Schwausch, Eleanor Sharp, Mark Stearn, Elizabeth Wilde & John Cooper - Wilde.
Jess Arrowsmith, Dave Byett, Vicky Cooper, Rob Harbron, Dave & Heather Leverton, Chris Nikel.
For further information visit www:nyfte.org.uk or contact:
Dave Leverton, Director. Heather Leverton, Secretary
Manor Farm Cottage, Chewton Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2SU
Telephone 0117 9866316. firstname.lastname@example.org
1 SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
is from the Thompson collection, 1778. Rob Harbron suggested it for The Buttercross, a dance composed by Colin Hume for the (now defunct) Hampshire dance display team Woodfidley and inspired by the Buttercross in Winchester.
2 OLD MOTHER OXFORD
from Headington, followed by LAURA & ENRICO collected from the manuscripts of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). In addition to being an architect, writing novels and poetry, Hardy was a well known fiddler for dances in Dorset. Enrico is often known as Jacob.
3 SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Our shanty crew invite you to join them en route to South Australia(also known as Rolling King). According to Stan Hugill’s Shanties of the Seven Seas this was probably a pump shanty – some heaving on the pump handles whilst others hauled at the bell ropes.
4 TWO SISTERS
is the well known tune for Upton on Severn Stick Dance. We recently revisited Dave Jones’ notes for the dance which was originally for eight but apparently they seldom had enough dancers – we do!
5 BATTERED HAKE
learnt from the playing of The Gloworms is used for Flowers of Tockington, a North West style dance loosely based on Bow & Bellows, a social dance composed by Jack Brown from Salisbury.
6 THOUSANDS OR MORE
is a well known traditional song introduced to the team by Jess Arrowsmith of Hekety, Crucible and Melrose Quartet.
7 SERPENTINA OCH KONFETTI
(from Sweden via Swindon!) and STONEY STEPS are used for two dances, Rhianwen’s New Dance and True Friends, created by one of our current team members. They are followed by Dave Jolly’s MODEL T HORNPIPE, which we use for Vinnies Hornpipe, a popular ceilidh dance collected from Dave Hunt in October 2000. We believe the dance was written by Eddie Upton.
8 WHITE COCKADE / THE RECRUITING OFFICER’S MARCH
was learnt from the recordings of Garry Blakely a well known musician and singer.
9 SEA SONGS SET
produced by Dave Byett and the team after Vaughan Williams’ arrangement, comprises Princess Royal, Admiral Benbow, Portsmouth and Jack’s the Lad.
10 LASS OF RICHMOND HILL
is the tune for a dance of the same name from the modern Raglan morris tradition.
11 BILLY RILEY
a halyard shanty made to the rhythm of fast pulling and quick breathing. A ‘drogher’ was a ship involved in the West Indies sugar trade.
12 THE FRENCH DETECTIVE
composed by Richard Payne of the ceilidh band ‘This Way Up’ is used for Jane’s Dance (also known as No Spotty Dogs since the hand movements must be opposite to the feet unlike the puppet in Watch with Mother). It was created by the team in 2003 under the guidance of Jane Altman, who was a team mum at the time, and is danced in the style of Martha Rhoden’s Tuppenny Dish.
13 TOM HARK and GLOUCESTERSHIRE HORNPIPE
accompany our traditional final dance Crown & Sausage - a Border Morris style dance created by Carlisle Morris and taught to us in November 2000 by Martyn Harvey at the team’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations.