Traditional folk music, dance
and customs - Harrogate, North Yorkshire - Chas Marshall's Website
A Harrogate-based clog step dance team
formed in 2002 who perform a variety of routines and steps from
Westmorland, Canada, Lancashire and the North East. The routines
are danced to dotted hornpipes, waltzes, jigs, reels, schottisches
and undotted hornpipes.
Their initial tutor was Jean Smith
of the Instep Research Team, though various workshops and teaching
sessions provide other ideas and inspiration.
There are currently five dancers -
Jeff Garner, Deb Smith, Carol Johnson, Jo Evans, Catherine Barber
- and a musician. We very occasionally have a visit from our "young
'uns", Ben Clarke and Catriona Barker, when the team's average
Practices generally take
place at the Village
Hall in Staveley, near Knaresborough. There is not a regular
practice night - practices are arranged on an ad-hoc basis, but
are usually on a Monday.
The current repertoire is based around
a list of about 20 dances, though not all of these are danced in
public. Details are shown below.
The photo taken by Dave Williams alongside
demonstrates the old Clogarhythm motto "When all else fails
- wave your arms about!" Skipton, Clogfest
For further information
contact Jeff or Debbie on 01423-865086
clips of our dancing can be viewed here:
Folk Week 2010, Clogfest
|North East Waltz Routine
||Michael Turner's Waltz
||There they are - the two
of 'em - on their own. A music hall song composed by Geo. Le Brunn
and E Nevin.
|North East Hornpipe Steps
- a medley from several different dancers
||Tun Dish -
by kind permission of John
|Lancashire Heel and Toe
|Sam Sherry's Hornpipe
|Sam Sherry's Jig
||Alistair J Sim - a composition
by Willie Taylor
| Sam Sherry's Easy Waltz
||The Vine Tree - a composition
by Paul Burgess
|Alex Woodcock's "Lily
||Lily of Laguna
|Dot Murphy's Hornpipe
||Henry Cave's Hornpipe
|French Canadian Steps
|Pat Tracey's Intermediate
||Flowers of Ashgill
Lancashire Irish steps
- a composition by Will Atkinson. Hear
a snippet of the tune.
|Pat Tracey's Slow Hornpipe
||The Steamboat Hornpipe
|Pat Tracey's Number One
||The Malthouse Hornpipe
|Pat Tracey's 3 Speed Waltz
||Maguire and Patterson, Snowday
Waltz, After The Ball Is Over (Chorus only)
|Pat Tracey's Lancashire
Heel and Toe "C" routine
||The Last of June (from Rose
Copper (Theme music for "Dixon of Dock Green")
|Anna Marley Soft Shoe (Pictures
from Clennel Hall May 2007)
||An Ordinary Copper (Theme
music for "Dixon of Dock Green") followed by Maybe its because
I'm a Londoner.
|Mrs Willis's "Woodland
||Woodland Flowers and Uncle
Jim's Barn Dance
|Sam Sherry's Original Waltz
||Wenlock Edge - a composition
by Michael Raven
|Sam Sherry's Reel
Music! (Put another nickel in) by Stephan Weiss / Bernie Baum
Joint Morris Organisations Day of Dance
in York on St George's Day 2016 and organised by Minster
This photo shows a new kit for the
women and a new dancer, Cath Barber in purple.
We also performed a new dance in public
for the first time - Sam Sherry's Jig.
Everyone is also checking that the
right foot is still attached to the right leg!
The Clogarhythm Cabaret!
Clogarhythm stages a regular
one hour show, based around our folk music and clog dancing heritage,
for groups of people on the Senior
Tours Canada "Northern and Central England" trips.
This is how their brochure describes Day 5 of the Spring 2011 tour:
"HARROGATE AT LEISURE
- a day at leisure. Your Tour Manager will offer suggestions. After
dinner we will be entertained by local talent".
Our cabaret includes a
variety of dances, both group and solo performances, interspersed
with selections of country dance music, dialect poetry and other
These events generally
take place in the larger hotels in Harrogate and our performances
have taken us to the Hotel St George, The Old Swan and The Crown.
Whitby Folk Week 2010 - Deb, Jeff,
Catriona, Ben, Carol and Chas
Whitby Folk Week 2010 - Ben displaying
his dancing skill and youthful agility
Rain is no deterrent
as Carol and Debbie perform their Lancashire Heel and Toe routine
complete with umbrellas! At the Bridge Inn, Foster Beck on the Nidderdale
Tour with White
Rose Morris Men. Saturday 4 June 2005
Carol and Jeff : take-off!
Hall Folk Festival, 9th - 11th May 2008
Debbie, Jeff, Carol
and Chas in Ludlow, Saturday 18 June 2005
Chas, Jeff and Deb at
Skipton Clogfest 2004
Clogarhythm held their first
"Clog It Weekend" in 2005 with guests Jean Smith, InClognito
and Carlisle's Old Spice Girls. This involved a tour of dance spots in
Ripon during the day on Saturday with a session of songs, music and dance
at a country pub on Saturday night. On Sunday morning the Old Spice Girls
ran a French Canadian step workshop followed by some more dance spots
in Harrogate's Valley Gardens.
Our second "Clog It Weekend"
was held in Harrogate and Ripon over the weekend of 16th and 17th September
2006. Our guests once again included our good friends InClognito
and the Old Spice Girls. This year we are also delighted to welcome Jo
and Sophie Evans from Shipley. From the weekend's collection we were able
to donate £40 towards Clogfest
"Clog It 3" was held
on September 6th/7th 2008 with Frank Lee and Georgia Shorrock, Inclognito,
Two Step, Jo and
Sophie Evans. Displays of step dancing took place in Harrogate on
the Saturday and in Knaresborough on the Sunday.
"Clog it 4" took place
on 3rd/4th October 2009 with our usual guests, who we collectively call
"Our Friends from the North"
After a very long gap, "Clog
It 5" was held over the weekend of 27th and 28th April 2013 with
guests Strictly Clog and