Friday 20th September

Have fun in historic Gloucester 20th to 22nd Sep 2024 at the International Pipe and Tabor Festival with Spanish guest artist Juanma Sánchez. Our main events will be based at or near the Folk in Gloucester ( a wonderful Tudor building near the Cathedral), some accommodation options are here.

On 20th afternoon, assemble from 1pm at the Ed Shed Downstairs at the rear of the Folk in Gloucester.

2 – 5:50 pm              Symposium – in the Ed Shed Downstairs at the rear of the Folk in Gloucester

“Anniversaries and Recollections”, it’s the 100th Anniversary of Cecil Sharp’s death and the Travelling Morrice, other anniversaries too, and we can revel in various recollections of pipe and tabor. We are keen to include early photos of taborers and our taborer gatherings if you have any to share, please email Andy Richards at  e-mail .

6 – 7.20 pm         AGM of  The Taborers Society (Main Building of the Folk in Gloucester).

7.30 – 10.00 pm  Social and informal Session (round the room, “play” or “pass”) with bar and buffet (Main Building of the Folk in Gloucester).

Saturday 21st September

Ed Shed downstairs:

10:00am -10:40 Playing for All Taborers Repertoire TBD – Bill, Mary-Jo, Gillian, Andy

10:50 – 11:20 Playing for Longborough Morris Hey Diddle Dis – Andy, Taylor’s Morris.

11:30 – 12:00 Quick run through join-in dances TBD – All

At noon, experienced and fit dancers have an hour’s workshop with Taylor’s Morris in the energetic and vigorous Longborough Morris style. Taborers are welcome to watch, look at the Cathedral with its fine images of taborers, or break for lunch early (Rob and Gillian to determine options and is there a session-friendly pub).
12:00 – 1:00 pm Dance Longborough – Taylor’s Morris, Andy (Ed Shed downstairs).

1:10 – 1:30 pm Set Speed and emphasis for any requested jig dances TBD – Mary-Jo, Andy, any other jig players (Ed Shed downstairs).

1:30 -2:15 pm Lunch at nearby providers (Rob and Gillian to suggest options).

2:00 pm Beginners Workshop – Gillian will concentrate on teaching people the basics of technique and then send them away with a selection of tunes suitable for learners so they can work on them afterwards. Approximately an hour. (Ed Shed downstairs).

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Performances in costume around the historic centre with dancing including Taylor’s Morris (who dance Longborough) and potentially others (Rob and Gillian to suggest a schedule).

5:00 – 6:20 pm    Break for meal (Rob and Gillian to suggest options).

6.20 pm Assemble outside the Fountain Inn in costume to Process to the Folk in Gloucester

6.40 pm Assemble at concert venue the Folk in Gloucester main building for pre-concert technical rehearsal (entrances, exits etc).

7.30 – 10 pm  Evening ConcertCelebrating Pipe and Tabor”  in the Folk in Gloucester main building, with bar.

Sunday 22nd September

Rendez-vous at Ed Shed downstairs.

10:00 – 10:30am chance to look at and discuss instruments.
10:30 – 11:30am El Gioioso – Rosti Boly: the dance and the music (15th century Italian) (Bill & Barbara).
11:40 – 12:40am Juanma Sanchez will teach taborers a Pasacalles from his parents’ village.

1:00 pm lunch (Rob and Gillian to suggest a venue) followed by fond farewells.