From: TAPS News [news_at_tradarts_dot_org]
Sent: 13 April 2006 15:00
Subject: TAPS News! E-Flow Issue 1
Welcome to the all new TAPS Email Newsletter 'E-Flow'.  Below you will find details on four forthcoming events.  These are:
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A Great Night Out!  Come on your own, or with a group of friends, and you’ll soon get involved in this unique, multicultural approach to English ceilidh. Boka Halat, launched at South Hill Park in 1999, brings together a stunning array of exceptional talents in a band who keep tradition relevant and most definitely ‘made in England’, with rave receptions for national touring and international festivals.  African and Asian beats, guaranteed to set even the most churlish foot a-tapping, kick in as soon as the caller starts helping you find your way through the dance moves.  English tunes, African improvisations and driving bass grooves complete a mix to make you strut the old figures in a way they don’t usually get strutted!
For tickets visit: or call the South Hill Park Box Office on: 01344 484123
South Hill Park Ringmead, Bracknell, Bershire, RG12 7PA
The Winchester MAYfest, formerly known as the Winchester Folk Festival takes place over the weekend of 12 to 14 May 2006. At TAPS we have been busy running a series of pre-festival workshops at a number of Schools in South Hampshire which will come together on Saturday 13th with the "Youth Ceilidh Project"; a day for instrumentalists between the ages of 11 and 18. Participants will be invited to join the band festival's Family Ceilidh - led by Roger Watson ,with Rocky Chessman and Paul Midgley. Young people do not need to have attended any of the pre-festival workshops to attend on 13th May. Simply turn up with your instrument, in the King Charles Suite at the Winchester Guildhall for a 10:30am start. For more information please see
Over the weekend, in addition to the Ceilidhs, there are concerts, sessions, international dance displays,  workshops, market stalls and much more. Many events are FREE. There's simply too much going on to mention here ... please take a look around the website where you'll find a printable programme and all the details -
If you are over 18 you might fancy helping out in return for a free ticket. The organisers are still looking for stewards. If you are interested please look here  ... (go to the bottom of that page)
EDWIN: 10-13 MAY 2006



Edwin is an exciting collaboration between TAPS (Traditional Arts Projects), the award winning Eastleigh Borough Youth Theatre and Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley.  The project stemmed from an initial idea from Roger Watson, Artistic Director of TAPS, to give a dramatic twist to Hampshire ballad ‘Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low’.  Roger has teamed up with writer Clive Holland, director Mark Helyar and musician Judy Marshall to create a brand new musical play based on the ballad, incorporating traditional songs and dances of the region.  


Generous funding has been received from the Heritage Lottery Fund for this exciting production, introducing over 40 young people to their local heritage and traditions and giving folk music a new lease of life on the stage! 


Telling the tale of a young sailor returning home to find more than he expected, Edwin has all the ingredients of great theatre - love, loss and laughter.  The play is rooted in Hampshire’s rich heritage and includes some great live music, traditional songs and dances, and of course some talented young performers. 


The performances will take place in Netley Chapel, RVCP, the only remaining building of the country’s first military hospital.  The beautiful chapel, only a few metres from the Solent really lends itself to bringing this fantastic maritime ballad to life.


Edwin will be an atmospheric and entertaining show not to be missed.  We hope to see you there!!!


Performances are on 10th – 13th May 2006 at 7.30pm (£7.50/£6 concessions) at Netley Chapel, Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, Hampshire


Tickets are available from The Point Box Office on: 02380 652333


(deadline for registering interest: 30 June 2006)

Roger Watson and Musa Mboob of Boka Halat invite you to share the excitement of matching English tunes to Gambian rhythms – IN THE GAMBIA!

Join in a week of creative exchange between English and Gambian musicians, led by Roger and Musa. Take a break from an English winter and take English traditional music to Africa. Explore new collaborations with traditional African musicians. Melodeon, Accordion, Concertina, Fiddle, Flute, Guitar, Banjo… whatever you play, if you play in a ceilidh band, this is for YOU!


The course consists of:


The course cost is £1600, which includes:


Places strictly limited - register your interest by 30 June 2006.  Call 01256 474014 or Email info_at_tradarts_dot_org quoting ‘Gambia’ and leaving your name, address and contact number.

If you have any comments on E-Flow please do let us know what you think by emailing news_at_tradarts_dot_org