Some sites do not fit neatly into one
category - e.g. general folk sites with music and dance
info might be under IFD or Music. Some local dance may
be in the OTHER DANCE
and INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE &
FOLKLORE sections. Details of my own and
other local Circle and International Folk Dance groups
are at the EVENTS page. I may
begin to list some specially good sites under more than
one heading, but have not yet done so - so you may find
it useful to search the links pages for particular
keywords, e.g. lyrics, mp3.
Bettis Dance notes; new CDs for sale
(UK-based) inc. Xenos, Adam Good; and some
articles - I particularly recommend Where
Do Dances Come From?.
Dance - Tańce w Kręgu Irena Konachowicz' site -
Dance Network Circle Dance Friends Co. Ltd. is
the organisation representing the circle dance network
in the UK. Information on dance, where to find a group
in the UK, and Grapevine magazine.
Steere Norfolk-based. Over 100 lyrics, with some
translations, and articles and general info for
Norfolk Circle Dance.
Tennessee Sacred Circle Dance Kevin Meyer's
Wosien Developed Sacred Dance in collaboration
with her father, Bernhard Wosien.
Young's Pages Some articles, and events
listing inc. Bristol area.
Bear Berkeley, California.
Watts Interesting page about how she
King CDs for sale. Shropshire and UK events.
Michaelsen Circle dance in York (the original
one in Yorkshire, UK).
Shannon Workshop listing, CDs, articles -I
particularly recommend Simple
Dances: Where Do They Come From, Where Do They Lead?.
Frances long-standing teacher, based in
Surrey/Hampshire area, with events nationally and
De Winter Music books and Parampara CDs for
sale, Shropshire and UK events.
Winnington Switzerland-based. Specialises in
Anastasia Geng's dances based on Bach Flower Remedies.
aka Sylvia Williment, based in Garforth, near Leeds,
West Yorkshire. Lists other Yorkshire groups.
- a new building/venue of unique design in New
Price British teacher and musician (bagpipes,
dulcimer, Breton, French, and more) now based in
Arizona. Mp3 sound samples from The Mill and other
Thompson's Circle Dance database
Circle Dance Lucy van Leeuwen and John Saywell,
New England, USA.
Circle Dance Network Inc. events listing (mainly
The Seventh Circle - Julia Lynam's U.S. & Canada
Hatch Circle Dance in Hebden Bridge and Shipley,
W. Yorkshire, and beyond. Also Alexander Technique and
Reiki. Who are those funny people in the photo on the
main page, playing music on a beach while people
Circle Dance around them? Oh, it's me, with Helen Oak
and Bob Minney!
& Yoga Center U.S. site inc. big dance steps
database (not always the same steps as UK versions!).
CDs for sale.
International Circle Dancing with Stefan and Bethan
Freedman. They also teach under the title of World
Dance - I might copy that!
DANCE inc. some folklore and history sites
with dance content. Mainly folk music sites are at MUSIC. See OTHER
DANCE for dance camps, some early and mediaeval
dance, and dance injuries. This section is getting big
and could do with subdividing...
Carnie's Folkdance Notes Andrew's own notes in
pdf (Adobe Reader) format, plus links (no longer
updated) to other folk dance sites that have dance
notes! Also links to some videos and mp3 on other
Pollock's Folk Dance Page Inc. a few dance notes
Dance & Music Some basic info at the
Armenian Heritage site. Includes notes for 3 dances
with videos of Papouri and Tamzara.
Line Dances Videos for around 10 dances (mainly
Windows Media Player, some Real Player) at the site of
a New York-based dance workshop.
and New Zealand Folk Dance Links Local and
Dance in Washington project by Jenni Conrad,
general background info on Balkan dance and music
Mondo Folk Dance based in Reggio Emilia,
Italy. Workshops. Italia; Danze Etnica, Danza
Folklorica, Danza Popolare.
Dati Cemea A few dance notes in Italian.
Canberra Folk Dancers site inc. dance descriptions and
links. Last update 1999.
Bulgarian irregular beats
(asymmetric measures) at Vesselka's site. Has a
few links to sites where you can hear examples. LINK NOT WORKING - SITE UNAVAILABLE
Joan Carol Friedberg details of her book
"Dancing On The Off Beat", also detailed articles,
"Cultural Change in Traditional Dances of Florina"
(Greek Macedonia) and "Tracing the Past...", on how
trad. dances have evolved in an ethnically mixed area
- yes, folk dances change! Also DVD "Dances Of
Oakes' Folk Dance page Inc. lots of dance notes
and some song lyrics.
Van De Belt International dance collection.
Miscellany Steps to some Cotswold Morris dances,
and a links page - Balkan, Israeli, Scottish, Morris.
European Folklife Centre Runs Balkan dance &
music camps in USA, and excellent e-mail list with
Liz Mellish and Nick Green, southern UK-based. Sell
Balkan Dance Music book, booklets on Romania and
Bulgaria. Vuhpross band, Martisorul Romanian dance
group, Romanian links.
Dance Chicago Music samples, Balkan dance
rhythms descriptions, local info.
Dance Australia Some interesting articles in
their "Footnotes" magazine. There is a site search,
but no overall index to the back copies.
Dance Federation of California Good store of
dance descriptions (notes), some dating back several
Dancing Dance (yes, that's what it says!). "1121
Manually selected Folk Dancing Dance Resources", i.e.
links. Austrian, Eastern European, Celtic, Swing,
African, English Country. Lots of links to local
Canada and USA groups.
Dance Resource Manual
Yiddish Dance Page Eastern European Jewish
Dances. Calgary, Canada.
History of sacred dances: Choros, Hora, Calusul and
Folk Dance in Canberra, Australia Fascinating
article on local dance groups but with wider
application, e.g. how two groups evolved different,
supposedly "authentic", versions of the same dance;
IFD subculture, etc.
with Theodor and Lia Vasilescu (Romanian dance
teacher) by Jane Wieman, May 1997.
Israeli Dance Catalogue (formerly Israeli Dance
Huge database, gives dates, choreographers, music
sources. Many dance notes (pdf format/Acrobat) in
Folklore A Montreal has dance notes in French,
with lyrics and Real Audio music samples, in the "Le
Danse Du Mois" section.
Continent Folk dancing from Europe and the
Mediterranean, in Derby, UK.
Posen's Israeli Dance Videos
Folk Dancing Bob Shapiro's site inc. lots of
notes and links.
Folk Music & Dance Links Lots of.
for International Folkdance aka SIFD. The UK
organisation with many local groups.
Deering's Folk Dance Notes Currently mostly in
Moreau and France Bourque-Moreau Worldwide
workshop schedule, Bulgarian folk CDs, videos and
COSTUME, HISTORY, ETHNICITY Sites with little
or no dance or music content, or general sites
covering many topics and including a small amount on
dance and/or music.
Vlachs: The Vanishing Tribes History, culture,
a few song lyrics, lots of Vlach links, and more
debunking of the idea that everyone in Greece is Greek
and always has been.
Costume Page - Ethnic & Folk Costume Many
links to costume sites from all regions of the world.
and Traditions of the Romanians The "Summer
Customs" page has a description of the Sînziene
festival (alternative transliteration; Sinziene).
Info on Makedonia, inc. pages on National Dress and
some music background e.g. on Kocani Orkestar.
Cultural Heritage Some lyrics and sound samples,
photos of dance and costumes, filed under "ethnology".
Also art, history, architecture, etc.
of Southeast Europe: Inclusion and Exclusion
Summary of report by the Minority Rights Group.
Links "An annotated & illustrated collection
of worldwide links to mythologies, fairy tales &
folklore, sacred arts & sacred traditions", by
Kathleen Jenks. Inc. some Balkan material.
Geographical index is halfway down homepage.
Folk Customs part of children's project from
Duiliu Zamfirescu School, Focshani.
Camp North Smaller than the Welsh camp.
Wales The longest-standing UK dance camp,
Injuries Suggested exercises, and links to other
Dance Circle UK Early dance site, including a
basic history of dance in Western Europe from the
Injuries - How to Prevent and Treat Them on Ken
Avner's site. Applicable to some extent to all types
of dance. Also describes how to warm-up properly, and
how this differs from stretching, which should be done
after a warm-up.
Dance Basic introduction, mainly concerned with
in the Sheffield and Chesterfield area. Details of my
own and other local Circle and International Folk
Dance groups and events are at the EVENTS page.
Arabia Cara Amirah's site. Derbyshire-based,
belly dance classes in Chesterfield and elsewhere,
regular haflas (dance parties) at Starkholmes,
"Drum Arabia" Egyptian drumming session every 3
weeks in Chesterfield.
Dance A wide variety of dance workshops and
classes in the Sheffield area - weekly classes include
1920's, Bollyrhythms, Salsa.
Dansants French and Breton traditional music and
dance, Leeds UK. Some song lyrics. Comprehensive diary
of UK French dance events.
Ceilidh Club Derby's regular club - meets on
first and third Sunday of every month (with a summer
Heeled and the Down Trodden String Band
Appalachian Dance and Music from Bakewell, Derbyshire.
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sites in CIRCLE
DANCE and INTERNATIONAL
FOLK DANCE also have some music files,
scores, or information. See also LOCAL
Volkslieder Lots of lyrics and midi soundfiles,
folk and other, many links.
Music Midi files, scores, tab - Celtic and World
abc home page Chris Walshaw's abc music
The Legacy of the Oriental Mother Scholarly
article by Gail Holst-Warhaft on this Greco-Ottoman
song-form. "The amanes became emblematic of a style of
music that was both admired for its emotional
intensity and rejected for its association with the
oriental and feminine side of the modern Greek psyche.
Tones The bouzouki's journey from rembetika to
rock 'n' roll. Article and resource list by Paul
Kotapish, Acoustic Guitar magazine.
lots of Albanian music - streaming (RealPlayer). My
current favourite is Ali Pashai by Grupi I Tepelenës -
clarinet, bass, percussion and polyphonic singing. (I
sometrimes stock a few copies of the CD at Ł8.50).
Also Eli Fara (vocal), especially Po Te Pres, and
Motrat Mustafa. There is a Laver Bariu (clarinet)
Introduction to Cretan Traditional Music - some
dance material too. Background, descriptions, sound
samples, links. Part of the Sfakia website.
& West Asian Folkdances MP3 Library Over 100
complete folkdance recordings. Excellent and growing
resource. Highly recommended. Back online after recent
Bulgarian-based. CDs and videos for sale, organised
holidays with workshops.
Canadian Macedonian Internet Community. Plenty of
Bisserov Sisters Bulgarian singing trio. UK mail
order CDs and tapes, details of tour to Bulgaria.
The Book of Old City Songs 187 Yugoslavian song
Partitions Brittany and other Celtic music
scores. Site in French.
Francu Romanian mp3s, some folk and Maria
Choral Repertoire and Standards Committee of the
American Choral Directors Association. Good material
in the resources section for each type of choir, e.g.
a discography of CDs and tapes of women's singing
groups and choirs, including some international and
Music Basic information about instruments (with
pictures), dances, songs, history of Crete. Only one
Long-established Balkan music band, based in SE
Brown's MP3 Links The most amazing collection of
links to sites with many kinds of music (and other
sounds) on - don't go here without time to spare
following them up! There is also a text
version of the page (no graphics).
Article by Lefteris Drandakis on Greek emigrant songs.
Folk and Traditional Music on the Internet
Martin Nail's resource listing. LINK
Kiosk Robert Garfias' site continues to add more
mp3s. Romanian field and Electrecord recordings, inc.
from Salaj, Bihor, Banat; Albanian and Indian from old
78 rpm recordings; Romica Puceanu (Romanian Gypsy);
Okinawan and more, plus articles.
Cymbal Rhythms For Karsilama (9/8) Music Very
comprehensive page on Shira's Belly Dance site, useful
for anyone interested in this rhythm.
Music Aubrey Jaffer's tunes collection - around
37 from Romania, Hungary and E. Europe. Music notation
in pdf and abc format, and midi sound files.
Music Martin Junghans' excellent collection of
music scores, mainly European. Pdf (Acrobat) format,
some gif. Some recent problems with the site - there
was an alternate
Songbook for Short-Sighted People by Birgit
Karlson. Excellent resource, 187 pages in pdf format,
mainly Balkan, Greek, Turkish. Nice big print, useful
even if you have good sight! She also has quite a few
music scores on the website.
- Freedom of Musical Expression Worldwide
censorship of music - detailed articles in
"library/documentation", e.g. interesting article on
Turkish musical censorship.
of Folk Musical Instruments from Around the World
at Hobgoblin Music.
Music Links by Katerina Sarri
Music Resources Michael Lahanas' great site.
Many links to sites on Greek music from Byzantine,
through folk, to modern. Includes links to many
artists' homepages, and some mp3 files. Also many
links on Greek science, philosophy, arts, instruments,
everything! Some pages not too easy to find, so see
Lyrics to lots of Israeli songs.
Happenings Radio Greek-American music broadcast
Liederliste (song list) - a collection of
international (mostly German) folk songs with texts
and MIDI sound files. Menus in German (Deutsch) and
Music David Bilides' U.S. site. Many Macedonian
and other links.
Drum Page Excellent, inc. midi rhythm
generator, middle eastern percussion class handout,
annotated dumbek rhythms.
Kamuran's Guide for Doumbek Players Has plenty of notated rhythms, some
good links, and a great page on Drumming to
from Korca, includes many Albanian mp3s.
Audio Some MP3s.
Selling Macedonian books, music, artwork, instruments,
costumes. CDs and cassettes for sale include
Aleksandar Sarievski, Angele Dimovski (kaval), Ferus
Mustafov, Violeta Tomovska.
Real Audio Some music - RealPlayer streaming.
World is a non-commercial, educational web site
dedicated to helping musicians understand the maqam or
modal system used in classical Arabic music. Also has
pages on Arabic
Klezmer Manchester, UK - scores for download,
bands for hire, site for local musicians, locla
events. Good site.
Folk Dance Club Songbook aka Brandeis Songbook.
International folk song lyrics, inc. many Balkan &
Israeli. Download in pdf format (Adobe Acrobat).
Auf deutsch (in German). International Folklore group,
selling their own CDs or tapes, some with score
and dance description booklets.
Mailorder CDs - European folk music, Salsa, Latin,
Pricebuster Cheap mail order blank CDs, tapes,
minidiscs, etc. Aka Top Tape.
Movement for Rebetiko Dechiotification and Bouzouki
Database of rebetiko (aka rembetiko, rembetika) songs
Rebetisses Women rembetika singers. Real Audio
files, links (not all working), biographies,
Richard Robinson's tunebook International music
70+ Romanian mp3s of "old lautars music", at the
resources site of Roma / Gypsies in Romania.
Roza Eskenazi Homepage site dedicated to the
great rembetika singer. Inc. biography,
contemporaries, recommended CDs. No sound samples.
Bouzouki Web Site Dedicated to the Greek
Session Irish music site. Sheet music for tunes,
list of sessions worldwide, recordings database.
Seven Colors Of The Balkans The Balkan website
of Muammer Ketencoglu. Several links, not all active.
Albanian Music Site Lots of music, mainly
Folk Revival And Bob Dylan
Makedonski Pesni = Old Macedonian Songs - around
90 lyrics. A few letters (usually latinised as
accented c, s, and z, pronounced ch, sh, zh) may not
display properly. Installing Macedonian
fonts renders pages in Cyrillic script.
Sound Site huge number of midi files - click
"Music From Around The World" for international.
"Dance music from Europe and beyond", based in
Norfolk. 5 full-length Mp3s.
Balkans site en francais with some English
translation, " dedicated to music from the Balkans :
scores, audio excerpts, lyrics, translations..." Good
number of lyrics, especially from Macedonia. Some are
in both Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. Wiki site - you
can add new pages to it.
"655 airs traditionels de France sur ce site - 655
traditional tunes from France on this site." Scores
and abc files, some lyrics, midi and Ogg Vorbis files,
first steps on diatonic accordion, and more.
Nova London-based group playing Turkish and
Greek music. Site includes articles on the baglama and
Music & Voice Library
Inc. Turkish song lyrics (sozler) and music scores
Ud Web /
Oud Web The Ud (Oud), its players and
program which beats out time using Midi hardware
present in most sound cards. It
plays measures of length up to 1000 beats, with
totally customizable emphasis of beats.
David Johnston wrote it to fill the needs of the
eastern European folk music
Lots of real Audio files of Arabic music.
Jewish Song database.
Musicians, bands, general sites - York, Sheffield,
Yorkshire, Derbyshire area. For details of my musical
activities (vocals, bouzouki, darabuka (drum), bass
guitar, circle and international folk dance,
improvisation and drum workshops...) see DANCE & MUSIC.
Drum Circles and other drumming in York with Steve
Doncaster Waites Appearing in Jacobean costume,
playing music of the Tudor and Stuart eras.
English ceilidh band based in Sheffield.
Musician, writer and guitar teacher based in
Sheffield/North of England. Includes gig guide - or
sign up for her free newsletter. CD "At Last" out now.
Moosika Sheffield-based band playing Klezmer and
East European music.
Indian music and dance in South Yorkshire.
Riding Folk Network All aspects of S.Yorkshire
folk inc. dance, storytelling, tuition.
Folk Arts promoting traditional song, music,
dance, drama and storytelling. Regional directory on
"Dancing on the Off Beat" -"Dancing on
My address from 30.04.12 is 14 Holly Bank
Grove, York YO24 4EA, U.K.