Country Superstars Weekend - Summer 2018
Thank you (and you will see this statement a lot) To every one who made our Dolly Parton and the Country Superstars Weekender one to remember! Its months in the planing and so much hard work but it was tremendous. We started it last year with our first event with a chance for people to come and see us and be able to have a chat and get to know us personally as we are normally we are only seen on stage and briefly at meet and greets.
We never thought it would grow so fast but boy it did....... with over 600 people in the main ballroom on the Saturday night and a SOLD OUT hotel with 500 rooms.
Firstly I have to thank my wonderful band Tennessee Allstars Band they played great all weekend and were very supportive, Wol Webster and Darren Bass thank you for your extra help, you both went above and beyond x x Then Team CSE Gwendoline Aslett Matthew Endersby Tracy Vedamuttufor your work from morning till night!!! and support of Michael Crust Mandy Brocklehurst Pauline Williams Thank you all, Peter Hewitt Thank you for help throughout the weekend with Costume repairs, furniture removal at 2am and everything in between x x Thank you Justine Brown (we call her the glue) for your DJ'ing, Lighting and Dance teaching really keeps the programme together x x.
Thank you IOW Tours Geoff Holt Oli Williams David Hazell you were terrific, professional, supportive and so helpful on the days and Check in ran smoothly thanks to your help.....
Thank you to The Entertainers:
Working alongside The Dolly Parton Experience - Sarah Jayne's Tribute Act Show and The Country Superstars Experience Hosted By No1 Dolly Parton Sarah Jayne and Andy Crust Sarah Jayne Dolly Crust Andy Kenny Rogers Crust
Friday: Richard Palmer
Saturday: Duncan Norvell Lee Jackson Elvis
Friday: Richard Palmer
Every night in the Lounge Shaun Murray
You all worked to the Top of your abilities making our Guests Happy and leaving with nothing but praise for you.
Thank you to the Staff of The Grand Burstin Hotel - Britannia Hotels your staff worked tirelessly supporting our weekend from start to finish.... From Management to Hotel Floor ensuring things ran smoothly for 600 People.
Thank you to our Safety Team - Steve Hall and John Rogers for keeping all our guest safe and had the unenviable task off turning people away because we were full.
Thanks to Westernview Western Wear Ange Church and Mick we love having you both with us and so do the guests knowing your shop is there for all their needs. It's always a giggle too x
BUT THE BIGGEST THANK YOU GO'S TO THE Wonderful GUESTS.
What a turn out of Country Fans, Line Dance fans and general public who like to just have a great time away at the weekend. You made our weekend so special with your comments and smiles. Thank you x x
We would really love to thank you for Taking part in the Raffle, Donations and in our MAD Bingo with Matthew Endersby and Tracy Vedamuttu and your generosity smashed last years total by raising an amazing £1022.56 for the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library here in the UK Thank you Thank you Thank you x x
Please Forgive us if we have missed you off with so many people to thank its hard to remember everyone. Andy and I are absolutely exhausted but really looking forward to doing it again next year x x x We will tag a few of you (guests) in this post but if you know some that attended please tag them in the comments.
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Country Superstars - Summer 2018
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Well just back from another amazing weekend with The Country Superstars,hosted by Sarah Jayne Crust and Andy Crust at The Grand Burstin Hotel Folkestone.
Also would like to thank the team that support them, Matthew Endersby Tracey Endersby, Gwendoline Aslett, Sarah's mum Mandy, Andy's dad,and the amazing band The Allstars. Also thanks to Iow tours oli williams Jeff and David, and Justine Brown for supplying us with the music. And Mick and Ange Church for their western wear stall,Sorry if I missed anyone out but you all do an amazing job.
Started off on Fri afternoon with complimentary tea coffee and cakes meet and greet with Sarah and andy then Friday night we had the pleasure of Richard Palmer Dolly, Kenny, pasty cline and glen Campbell.
Sat morning my favourite bit of the weekend (ssshhh don't tell Sarah and andy) lol Matt and Traceys bingo session, he's just so funny everyone was in stitches lol
Justine did a little workshop then Andy sung some awesome songs loved it (second favourite bit of the weekend ) lol
In the evening we had Lee Jackson first time I've seen him and he's a very good country singer. Then we had Duncan Norvelle the comedian from back in the 80s who's catchphrase was "chase me chase me" he still had that famous comedy timing and again had the room laughing. To finish sat night we had Dolly and Kenny doing their thang. It was packed over 600 people and everyone went home or back to their rooms having seen a fantastic show.
Sunday we had a guest presenter doing the bingo yes the one and only Boy George Well it was Matt really but it went down a treat my lot loved him,and to entertain us even more we had a game of play your cards right, it was Hilarious again so much laughter it was infectious.
By Sunday afternoon it was taking it toll on Sarah's throat bless her so rather than pushing it too much she did a meet and greet with everyone,she bought all her memorabilia about dolly parton from home and people could take photos and just generally chat with her. She's such a lovely girl.
Sunday night she was back on top form again and her and andy did their big show with,Dolly, pasty cline, billy jo spears,Tammy wynette, Andy was Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, John Denver,Johnny cash and they had the backing of
The all stars band. Richard Palmer did 2 more sets then it was time to say our good night's.
So until next year (yes were definitely going back its all booke)love to you all and thank you for making our weekend very special. Xxxx
Also thanks to my lovely lot who came and kept me company xxx
Cheyenne Festival - June 2018 - Honky Tonk Cliff
Cheyenne Summer Party June 2018
Photos of the event can be found here
Summer Party Country Music Festival - 1st - 3rd June 2018
We (JB) have just returned from teaching the Partner dances for Cheyenne Promotions at the Grand Burstin in Folkestone and this was one of the most enjoyable yet. Yes, we did retire but we missed teaching at this festival so much that we accepted the invitation to make a comeback!
Now let’s be honest about this, nobody comes to the “Grand Burstin Hotel” for the quality hotel experience! It’s functional and basic, but the environment around the hotel, the harbour, the renovated station, the harbour wall walk where you can follow the boardwalk right along the beach to the beautiful gardens, has been revolutionised in our time of visiting Folkestone for the Cheyenne festivals. There was a time when the whole area was just a little run down and “tired”. I have to say the walk around the harbour and the surrounding area is now well worth visiting Folkestone for at any time.
With that all said we keep coming back for the festivals here because of the people, the great value, where else can you get line and partner teaching and dancing, and 8 live artists in a single weekend?
This June festival was one of the best I think I have ever seen here, the balance of artists was terrific and must have had something to suit everyone, I cannot remember seeing an empty dance floor even once.
I have said several times before and am more than happy to repeat myself, the people who come to this festival is the major reasons for its continued success. Dancers and loyal listeners just keep coming back for the atmosphere and comradery. We had at least three (3) birthday celebrations over the weekend so lots of cake doing the rounds! We even had Gwen and her Hens celebrating her Hen party with several theme changes from Wedding Party with Bridesmaids and Maid of Honour sash and more sashes that I didn’t get to read then it was the Pension party a spectacular effort by all concerned and provided everyone with great entertainment. We wish Gwen and her Partner a fabulous wedding and a memorable day for them all.
This is after all a line and partner Country music dance event and the etiquette is just brilliant, with patience and understanding and common courtesy, everyone gets on so well the dance floor works well, even when busy.
Friday afternoon the teaching started at 1pm, alternating between line and partner.
Partner dances we (JB) taught were:
- ·Cuddles – Jack & Mary Jane Hassett
- ·All The Kings Horses For 2 – Karen & Nigel Poll
- ·Glengarry Shuffle – Unknown
Honky Tonk Cliff taught the line dancers:
- ·Hanks Way – Honky Tonk Cliff
- ·Things - Gary Lafferty
- ·She’s My Baby - Tina Argyle
This kept the dancers happy up until they could check into their rooms at 3pm. Then dinner and a quick change for the evening’s entertainment.
Fridays artist line up:
v The brilliant Billy Curtis
v Mr Fabulous himself Richard Palmer
Both are brilliant performers in their own right, but then they jammed for a couple of tracks to close the live show. Of course, for the younger and fitter among us Honky Tonk Cliff kept the dancing with the disco through to 1am. So, exhausted it was off to bed.
Saturday morning the teaching started at 10:30pm, alternating between line and partner.
Partner dances JB taught were:
- ·Close The Distance – Adam Cherko & Adrienne Squillante
- ·Most People Are Good – Karen & Nigel Poll
Honky Tonk Cliff taught the line dancers
- ·Beautifully Broken – Tina Argyle, Kim Ray & Pat Stott
- ·Texas Time – Alan Birchall & Jacqui Jax
- ·Invitation to the Blues – Honky Tonk Cliff
Then off to lunch, there really is ample food on this weekend. Then at 2pm the afternoon session kicked off with our host and his talented daughter together for two sets of the very best in Country music:
Who kept us dancing all afternoon. More food and a freshen up for dinner and the evening entertainment brought us two brilliant acts
v MT Allen
v Rob Childs
Sunday morning and a bleary eyed, throaty re-cap of all the partner dances we had taught and an early 10am start for the line dancers with an extra Line teach of:
- ·Whiskey Smooth – Karl-Harry Winson
Sunday afternoon and the beautiful weather led some to stay out in the sun, but for those that came to dance we had a new artists for me in a Duo I haven’t seen before named:
v Black Gold
Great selection of music kept the dance floor busy all afternoon.
Moving onto Sunday evening with two of the major acts on the circuit, possibly the leading duo in the British Country music circuit at this time Rancher and alongside them was the irrepressible Texas Tornados.
v Texas Tornados
There is always a charity raffle and this time we raised just a little under £300 that will go to the NSPCC, that figure included £40 that was donated for dances scripts from our ever generous festival goers.
So we are already looking forward to the Turkey & Tinsel Weekend 16th & 19th November which is always one of the busiest of the year and the Xmas party to be at. Get in early to ensure you can attend, we’ll be teaching partners, Honky Tonk Cliff the lines and the acts include John Doherty, Bob Keeley, Shayna, Chris Mezza, Carl Shay, Zenne, Souls ‘n’ Stone and Long Shot (as always Artists can be subject to change).
JB Website update: We have added, (with Ky’s permission) a Cheyenne Festival Contact form to our website (www.jbwesterndance.co.ukjust click on the big red Festivals button) to provide you with another means of contacting Ky with queries or to indicate that you want to book for one of the festivals. Because they come through the JB website we (JB) will receive and acknowledge the email then ensure it is forwarded onto Ky for processing. Please note if we don’t acknowledge you we haven’t seen it.
Great dancing, great country music and wonderful people, look forward to seeing friends old and new in November.
Julie & Brian JB
Cheyenne Festival - November 2017 - Cliff Hall
Photos from Maureen Lincoln : Additional Photos may be found in the Gallery
Great Cheyenne Festival at Folkestone Friday afternoon workshop was well attended Brian and Julie looking after partner dancers and myself the line dancers brill atmosphere from the start so we new with great people there it was going to be a fab weekend and it sure was Friday night gave us The Twang Daddy's with some brill pickin and totally live music a nice contrast to the fab voice of the one and only Richard Palmer always brilliant.
Saturday afternoon was Ky Rivers with some truly country tracks and then Shayna Rivers who performance was amazing it was great to see Angie singing again with Ky. Saturday night brought us Carl Shay who gave a stunning show great Country voice and the Peter Pan of Country Tony Rouse who is so brilliant at what he does a truly super Saturday.
Sunday gave us Nigel Slater i have never worked with Nigel before but looking forward to seeing him again great performer. Sunday night the last night was so brilliant with the fab Fools Gold Paul and his daughter Melissa as Debs was unwell gave us a fantastic two spots filling the floor all night and last but not least Johnny and Lynette WOW Great Country/ Rockabilly music that brought the house down and finished the weekend with a big bang .
Best wishes to Brian and Julie for doing a super job teaching at this event as they are retiring but will be back next year as customers. Paul once again did a great job on the door its a thankless job he does so well . Such sad news to hear over the weekend of Vera passing away i only new her a couple of years but when i first did this event she and Alan made me so welcome and at home condolences to all the family im sure she will be missed by all who new her.
Finally my thanks to all of you at the event you have always made me and Lynne feel at home hope you all enjoyed yourselves and got home safe and well see you soon.
Cliff and Lynne..
Cheyenne Festival - November 2017 - Brian Minns
Cheyenne ‘Turkey and Tinsel’ Country music line and partner dance festival November 10th , 11th, 12th 2017
Photos from Maureen Lincoln : Additional Photos may be found in the Gallery
November and it’s the Cheyenne ‘Turkey and Tinsel’ Country music line and partner dance festival once again, at the Grand Burstin hotel in Folkestone. Overlooking Folkestone harbour with its new walkway over the old railway bridge to the harbour wall that is undergoing much refurbishment, making for a really interesting walk and well worth a visit if time allows! We did on a sunny Friday morning.
The festival kicked off with a Friday afternoon workshop for those who arrive early ( or stay Thursday night) are kept busy while waiting for check-in. Line and partner dances kept everyone busy between 1 and 3 o’clock when the festival check in opens. This teaching session was well attended, and as always an excellent atmosphere to kick off the weekend.
After dinner our entertainment for Friday night began with The Twang Daddies an outfit I have heard lots about but managed to miss on circuit, so it’s always great to see artists you haven’t seen before. Excellent musicians even if, as a bit of a purist I found one or two track choices a bit questionable. But what do I know, and the dance floor was pretty busy. Alternating with The Twang Daddies was the room filling personality that is Richard Palmer, with his excellent voice and with some of the best tracks I have ever heard him sing, I thought this was a brilliant two sets of great Country music. We left at midnight leaving the talent that is “Honky Tonk Cliff” keeping the party animals well entertained right through to 1am.
At 10:30 we started the Saturday morning workshop, stopping at 11am as it was the 11th day of the 11th month for 2 minutes well observed and respectful silence. Once again the dancers brains and feet were challenged with line and partner dances. All too fast it was 12:30 and a quick lunch break, you could never leave here hungry! Back in the hall for 2pm to see one of the newest solo talents on the circuit ‘Shayna’ who is the daughter of Cheyenne’s Ky and Angie who seems to have managed to inherit both of their talent! This young lady is a real star in the making and if you haven’t seen her yet you have a treat to come. Ky Rivers took the second set of the afternoon. Always very popular whether it’s Ky and Shayna as Cheyenne, or Ky Rivers or Shayna solo some of the loudest applause and cheering was reserved for our popular hosts who never disappoint. Angie who is recuperating from illness came down to see us and joined Ky and Shayna on stage, this was a real treat and I thought the roof was going to be blown off the Burstin. Shayna very wisely left her parents to it for the requested “You Ain’t Dolly” track, if you wonder why? Listen to the lyrics.
Saturday night brought us Carl Shay another new act for me, I clearly don’t get out much! Carl Shay is a great showman and gave us an excellent show even though he was clearly suffering with his throat, he wandered around the room while singing as well as joining in and having a dance with the line dancers. Alternating sets with Carl was, as Honky Tonk Cliff described him, the ‘Peter Pan’ of Country, Tony Rouse, who as always was fabulous and is a really warm personality on the stage. To round the live entertainment off tonight we had a treat with Carl and Tony giving us a couple of numbers together. So, exhausted it was off to bed!
At 10:30 we started the Sunday morning recap workshop, once again stopping at 11am as it was Remembrance Sunday for the 2 minutes respectful silence. Sunday afternoon and our first act of the day was Nigel Slater, yet another new act for me. Looking forward to seeing him again as he gave a great afternoons show with 2 sets of country music, great performer.
Sunday night and perhaps we thought it couldn’t get any better, then it did! ‘Fools Gold’ with Paul and his daughter Melissa, as Debs was unwell, gave us a fantastic two sets, filling the floor all night. Last but by no means least the highlight of my weekend was the wonderful ‘Johnny and Lynette’. Great Country music that brought the house down, line and partner filling the floor and bringing this fabulous weekend to a rip roaring close the biggest bang.
If you add this up we saw an amazing 9 acts each of who performed (at least) 1 full set and 10 if we include Angie, and who wouldn’t as it was one of the real highlights of the weekend. I’m still aching from dancing and the variety of acts add to the strength of this festival. You can never ‘please all of the people, all of the time’ but if an act is not to your taste there will be another along shortly, so be respectful. There are very few festivals that have this number and variety of acts which is just one of the reasons we keep coming back.
I have said this many times before but as this was our last time teaching Partners down at Folkestone it’s worth re-stating. This Festival is Country music, Line and Partner tuition and dancing and it’s living proof that even on a busy dance floor with courtesy, patience and good old fashioned common sense everyone can “play nice” and have the most fabulous time together! No-one is more entitled than anyone else on a dance floor and at this festival everyone just wants to have a great time. Cheyenne, Ky, Angie and Shayna provide the environment, it’s you wonderful people who attend time after time that make this the festival it is and ensure it will continue to grow from strength to strength.
Julie and Myself are stepping down as we are retiring from teaching and hopefully going to doing a bit more dancing. Already booked for February so hope to see you then.
Dances taught over the weekend were:
Line: Be Yourself, Dumas Walkers, Imagine That
Partner: Dirt On My Boots, If You Were A Whiskey Girl For 2, A Little Mamba, Hell and High Water
Can’t close this report without mentioning Alan and Vera. While at this weekend we sadly learned that Vera had passed away. Alan and Vera handed the batten to us some years back now, they always supported us and Vera always had a smile for us, even if when we picked a dance she personally didn’t get on with. Blessings and our sincere thanks Vera, good night and God bless.
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