To walk in yours - miles and miles, well danced, well missed…
I’ll be C-ing you-oo-oo-ooooo-oo-oooo - - - -
Thanks Will (Will Harmon) for the notice, but alas too late… Yes, I screwed up on bar 4, a step too low on the ‘C’, which should have read ‘c’. I got drawn away to do some baking and was in the middle of making dinner and being emotional, not good combinations when tune submitting
In memory of a great character and friend who died on the dance floor, literally…
From the above link, in case it ever moves:
Set Dancing News: Old news and reviews - Volume 1 - 1997-1998
Written by Bernie’s wife Jean, who also plays concertina ~
Bernie died in Kilfenora, 5th April, at the end of a wonderful holiday in Spiddal. We had been walking on the Connemara Mountains and the Mamturks. We found a number of classes and ceilis in the area and we were made very welcome at all of them. The Galway Festival inspired us to plan even more trips to Ireland. We were already planning to come over for the Willie Clancy, South Sligo and Joe Mooney Summer Schools. We decided to go to Kilfenora for the last weekend of our holiday before we headed home to Wales.
Bernie and I have always enjoyed dancing but it was not until 1991 when he retired that we were free to enjoy holidays as and when we wanted. We became ‘old age’ new age travellers! We went to a festival in Cornwall and the nearest workshop to the campsite was for set dancing. We went along and met Val Knight and by the end of her workshop we were ‘hooked’ on set dancing. A big thank you to Val.
The next summer we came over to Ireland to experience the Willie Clancy. We enjoyed Pat and Liz Moroney’s workshops and did our best to master the Clare style. I will leave it to Pat to say if we have ever succeeded. While we were in Miltown we realised just how much dancing was going on all over Ireland. Bernie was determined to visit as many places as possible.
Our first visit to Kilfenora was with a group of friends (including us, who had organized this two weeks away) while on holiday in Ballyvaughan and we were made so welcome by everyone. Bernie was the first to get involved in a set while we were still getting our shoes on. People often ask where do we get our energy from to keep going all evening. Bernie’s energies seemed boundless. I was always the first to flag. I think it was his love of the music, the dance and the friendliness of all the people who we met in the sets.
May I take this opportunity to thank all the teachers we have met over the years for their patience and encouragement they have given us. May I also thank all the people of Kilfenora for all their friendliness and help, especially during my sudden loss of Bernie. Thank you to everyone who has sent me cards and messages of sympathy.
Bernie will be dancing with you in spirit. He has given me the strength to continue dancing. Think of him sometime when you are dancing a set and remember him in joy not sadness.
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Bernie & Jean ~ both a pleasure to teach and to share time with. We’re lucky and glad to have had them for a time in our lives, friends. You are missed!