Portland Drive had a great start to the year from winter in Hampton-in-Arden and Bristol Contra into Spring at Lincoln Folk Dance Club. We had a very enjoyable dance in Lincoln with caller Neil Stuart, who gave us lots of new music to play which we played in true PD style! We are taking a break now until the Autumn as each of us have plenty to keep us busy with not only a variety of music playing but cake baking, singing, children and holidays!
Portland Drive made a great start to the new year playing for Hampton-in-Arden FDG with caller Lynne Render. Neither band or caller had appeared there before but we all had a fantastic evening. Lynne called a variety of dances which allowed PD to play in a variety of styles which we loved. From the feedback I’m sure there’ll be more opportunities to play there in the future.
Great weekend playing at Southam Gathering. So many people loving what we do, whether contra or English! Yay!
We are delighted to welcome a new member to the Portland Drive family! Baby Alice Freya Dunphy was born on Sunday 28th February 2016. Many congratulations to Kathryn and her husband James!
Brian and Elaine as Portland Drive Duo are venturing into playing for their first zesty Playford dance at the end of January at Coventry Zesty Playford with caller John Meechan. This is where zesty contra meets Playford/English, so anything could happen! As Kathryn will have her feet up because her baby is expected a couple of weeks after the dance, the sax, clarinet and flute will be out of the mix but expect to hear Brian on his ‘geetar’!
Well it’s all over now! And the debut of Portland Drive at Broadstairs surpassed our expectations. Playing anything from contra to English to boogie Playford with driving fiddle and guitar from Brian, superb flute, clarinet and sax from Kathryn, underpinned by the dynamic and rhythmic piano from Elaine, PD made quite an impact. And the weather gave us a brilliant seaside holiday too!
We are delighted to announce that master fiddler, Brian Stone, is joining Portland Drive as our regular fiddler. Elaine, Kathryn and Brian are looking forward to playing at Broadstairs Folk Week in August, our first festival together.