Since 1994 TASC has been organising Events & Workshops to encourage the use and enjoyment of Folk Music in Mid Wales and the Borders
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We are saddened to hear of the loss of Hugh "Urge" Ward who died on Sunday 1st April 2018.
Urge was the site manager for the Mid Wales May Festival in the late 80s and 90s. His cheerful willingness was indispensable in providing the setting for
the festival, and an inspiration to us all. It's no exaggeration to say we couldn't have done what we did without him.
He always relished a challenge, and it never seemed to occur to him that some things might be beyond him. Here he is on the left, with TASC Director Philip Freeman on the right in 1998.
TASC's 2018 AGM took place in the Girls Parlour at Llandinam Village Hall on Wednesday 18th April. Following the AGM the following are the trustees of TASC for the coming year:-
These are the ides you've come up with so far to celebrate our 25th year.
TUNE WORKSHOPS with Ceri Rhys Matthews (this is unlikely now as ACW have refused to fund it) * MELODEON REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE with Rees Wesson
STORYTELLING with Amy Douglas
AUTUMN CEILIDH with DiEnw and Monty Folk
EUROPEAN DANCE DAY with Kantref
DAY OF STEPDANCE with Lisa Sture
SONGS & TUNES for WEAVERS
WINTER HARMONY WORKSHOP with Sue Harris
* but Ceri's partner, Julie Murphy, one of the outstanding voices of Wales, will be appearing at the Old Mill, Llanidloes on 29th April. For more information contact Andy Warren 01686 413316
Twenty-Five Years of TASC!
Although TASC became a registered charity in 1994, the organisation was actually formed in 1993.
That makes it our 25th anniversary in 2018!
To celebrate this momentous milestone we'd like to see a number of events of different kinds taking place, and we're asking you all to help us make it happen. We'd like it to reflect what we've done over the years and be a mixture of workshops, concerts, dances, even street performances and sessions. We haven't got much money these days, so we can't provide too much in the way of finance, but we might manage fifty quid here or there. And if anyone can add any funds as well as helping making it happen that would be great.
It's also been 25 years of our Director Philip Freeman steering TASC. That is now coming to an end, and it will mean big changes. Later in the new year we'll be asking whether TASC has now fulfilled its role and should draw to a close, or whether a new lease of life is round the corner, and who wants to help make that happen.
image shows a workshop at the Seed weekend in 2006. Tutors included Alistair Anderson, now chair of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, and Karen Tweed who conceived and helped organise the event
A Sad Loss
We were very sad to learn that Esta Beilby passed away on 5th December. Esta took part in many TASC projects over the years such as the Llandinam Village Band and the Severn Suite, and enjoyed music and dance in many ways. Our sympathies go out to Geoff and the family. A celebration of her life was to have taken place at the Monty Club in Newtown on Saturday 20th January but has now been put back to April 14th which is the evening before what would have been Esta's 64th birthday.
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Our favourite sessions include the Bull & Heifer in Bettws Cedewain and the Arvon Ales sessions in Llandod. There's also a new slow session starting up near Kington, the Almeley Steady Session starting Dec 7th.
Our Dartmoor Project is coming to an end. It researched stepdance styles, music, and historical background and was led by Lisa Sture.
Workshops were carried out by Spinningpath Arts. Pictured is Jenny Read with an attentive class of primary school children.