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 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.
In recognition of her work on the Taking Steps project, and her energetic contributions to the folk scene in Mid Wales we've asked her Lisa Sture to join our board of trustees. Welcome aboard, Lisa!
We haven't the resources to cover listings, but there are regular sessions listed by Folk Life, Folk Wales and Broadsheep.
You can sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know items of particular interest. We also list and link on our facebook page.
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.
Visit the website for the latest news.
To help you learn we have a handful of teaching videos on our site.
There is also the sheet music for each tune for those of you who like to work that way. There is a jpg or a pdf file to choose from.
You might also find our Youtube channel of interest.
Our Community Bands page lists a number of groups where you can make music with other people.
The picture shows members of MontyFolk from Montgomery with Mid Powys group DiEnw, plus a couple of TASC trustees. Venue is Garth Village Hall.