11am FOREST OF DEAN AREA WIND BAND
The Forest of Dean Area Wind Band caters for all brass, woodwind and percussion players aged 7 and over. Players of all ages standards are welcome – it doesn’t matter if you only know a few notes or if you are playing at Grade 8 standard as we have a range of Wind Bands playing at varying levels from our Starter Band (ideal for those who only know a few notes, who have been part of a Whole Class music scheme or taken part in a GM First Access course) to our award-winning Area Wind Band. Adults welcome! .
12midday DJABOT DRUMMING GROUP
Djabot is a community group based in The Forest Of Dean. We perform traditional African rhythms as a group through the use of African drums, traditional
percussion and singing (in the native tongue, of course!) We practise from 7:30 until 9:00pm at Laker’s Secondary School, Five Acres- be sure to check out our videos and our schedule of upcoming shows!
12.45pm/2,45pm AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOPs
1pm FOREST SINGERS
Forest Singers are a very enthusiastic and keen group of people who are enjoying coming together and singing. We welcome all ages and all abilities – men and women. We meet everyMonday from 7.30 at the Drybrook and District Male Voice Choir Room. We even have cake sometimes!.
2pm DRYBROOK & DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR
We rehearse every Wednesday night at 7.30pm till
9.30pm We are always delighted to welcome new members. Feel free to drop in on any of our rehearsal to meet the guys
3pm THE UKES UV AZZARD
The Ukes uv Azzards are a ‘not for profit’ Forest of Dean ukulele group, who play and sing songs from all eras and genres. The group practice once a
week, with the onus on having fun. They perform at
a variety of venues, always aiming to raise money
for good causes.
Just Ask or contact them.
2pm – 4pm Forest of Dean Morris Men
The Forest of Dean Morris Men was originally formed, as a men only side, in 1968. They dance out on summer Wednesday evenings at pubs in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley areas. The FODM dance mostly traditional Cotswold dances, and some unique dances from the Forest. On the second weekend in June the Forest side hosts other Morris sides from across the country. This family friendly event has been held for over 40 years. A number of coaches take the colourful and varied sides to dance, and drink, at several pubs throughout the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. They have performed at many different locations in England and Wales, also in Germany and France.
In September 2017 the side took a forward looking decision to welcome women dancers and become a mixed side, re-naming as Forest of Dean Morris. They welcome 2018, their 50th anniversary year, re-invigorated with the influx of over 10 new dancers and musicians.
Usually Morris sides wear white shirts crossed with coloured baldricks (sashes) and white trousers or black breeches. In the Forest of Dean, however, the dancers have traditionally worn “rag jackets”. The current Forest of Dean Morris’ costume is based on the Ruardean kit of the 1880’s. One theory for the wearing of Rag Jackets is that it represents the leaves of the Forest.