Pictured from left: Jonathan Bynoe and Janet Porter on C clarinets with Nigel Swan on his own hand-crafted mandola.
The group perform French traditional dance tunes such as Bourrees, Mazurkas, An Dros, Polkas and Waltzes.
They also include old English tunes such as Black Joak and Halfe Hannikan in the repertoire with Janet on authentic recorder.
Les Rustiques have been playing together for several years and gigs have included French cafe bars in Leeds, public appearance at Epworth Music Day and a private wedding at Hornington Manor near Tadcaster.
Janet also has a few French dances up her sleeve such as Fricassee and French Peasant Dance.
The cheesy trio has evolved out of the French Music Session hosted at the Garden Gate, Hunslet, Leeds by Janet and Nigel which meets on the third Thursday of each month. All welcome.
Janet is a regular caller of American contra dances at the Leeds Contra in Headingley. She has been involved as a musician, dancer and caller, since the Leeds Contra first began over 20 years ago.
The Yorkshire Gold band was formed specifically to run themed dances, included Heather Hazell on melodeon, Nigel Swan on guitar and keyboard, Chas Marshall on concertina and Jan Porter dance caller and clarinet.
Themed dances included “Dance for England and St George”, “A Victorian Ball for the Lower Classes” and “May We Dance”, all held at Stainbeck Community Hall, Leeds.
SWAN & PORTER
Swan and Porter perform songs including folk, ’40s, ’60s and Music Hall. They have entertained in centres for older people, adults with learning disabilities and regularly perform at Folk in the Bar at the Junction in Goole.
Janet has links with Yamsen a registered charity, which hosts activities at the West Park Centre Leeds, for people with special needs. She has organised events for Yamsen including a Spring Fling and Mrs Porter’s Music Hall and Concert Party. Janet has also run art groups including banner making for the Off By Heart choir. Read feedback from Yamsen here.
FRENCH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSIONS
Held at the historic Garden Gate in Hunslet, Leeds, on the third Thursday of every month from 8pm. All welcome. For more information contact Janet.
JAN 14: Janet calling American Contra, Leeds Contra Dance
FEB 2: Janet calling with Polka Dots Big Band, Crowle Pavillion
FEB 14: Ceilidh for 18th birthday party, Bingley
MAY 9: Janet running contra and Georgian workshops, Saltaire Day of Dance
AUG 10: Janet calling Hoedown, Huddersfield
MARCH 3: Mrs Porter’s Ensemble, Knaresborough FDC
MAY 14: Mrs Porter’s Ensemble, Day of Dance & Evening Ceilidh
MAY 26: Mrs Porter’s Ensemble, Knaresborough FDC
MAY 21: French Traditional Music Session at The Grove, Leeds
MAY 22: The Polka Dots Ceilidh, York University
MAY 26: Leeds Contra, Headingley, Jan calling
MAY 29: The Polka Dots, Wedding, Copgrove
JUNE 12: Mrs Porter’s Pocket Music Hall, 7 Arts, Chapel Allerton
JUN 19: The Polka Dots, Grewelthorpe Country Dance Club
JUN 20: The Polka Dots, Epworth Music Day
JULY 3: Mrs Porter & Mr Swan, Grewelthorpe
JULY 4: The Polka Dots, American HoeDown, Fulford
JULY 23: Mrs Porters Pocket Music Hall, Aldersgate Church
AUG 29: The Polka Dots, Wedding Ceilidh, Sharow
SEPT 20: Mrs Porter’s Ensemble,7 Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds
OCT 29: Mrs Porter’s Ensemble, Knaresborough Folk Dance Club
NOV 15: Mrs Porters Ensemble, 7 Arts, Chapel Allerton