Folk - Rosie Davies
I read up on ‘Appalachian clog dancing’-which
is a fusion of English, Scottish and Irish folk dancing that
was exported to the US and then mixed up with their local
tap traditions - but I just couldn’t imagine it being
performed. Then I spoke to Rosie Davies and she talked with
such enthusiasm and passion about dancing, that I feel I have
missed out never having seen her perform. She explained that
dancing is an inherent part of the folk movement because “it
is a percussion instrument, you’re playing percussion
with your feet” the sound that clogs and tap boots make
when dancing to the tune of a banjo or fiddle, is an accompaniment.
So much so that Davies has danced on the radio.
Davies dances Lancashire clog and Appalachian folk - “freestyle”.
Or as Davies puts it another way “I make it up as I
go along”, which isn’t as blasé as it sounds.
As she dances to music, but performs solo, Davies will ask
her audience to either sing or play a fiddle or banjo and
she’ll dance to the music they create, so her performances
are fresh and improvised. As an accomplished musician herself
- she plays the bass, banjo and auto harp - her set will also
consist of her performing many of her “party pieces”
or favorite songs from the different eras of her life. As
she explains: “I consider myself a performer in the
traditional sense, I provide homely entertainment. I sing
and I dance. I will be amongst friends on Thursday and they
will give me permission to strut my stuff.” See you