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Special events in 2020

Release of Captain Cook Project for primary schools – January. Launch of CD and book: Captain Cook’s Country Dance Dance workshop with Phillip’s Dog at the National Folk Festival 9th-13th April [day and time to be confirmed] A presentation including … Continue reading

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Jane Austen/Australian Regency Ball 2020

Imagine yourself transported to the world of Jane Austen. Experience the dances popular in Jane’s day, just as they were in early colonial Australia. Dance to the music of Australia’s premier early colonial dance band, Phillip’s Dog. All dances are … Continue reading

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Early life in Yorkshire

  James Cook was born on 27 October 1728 at Marton-in-Cleveland, Yorkshire.  His father, also named James, came from Ednam in Scotland and had travelled south to find work as a farm labourer.  He met and married Grace (nee Pace) … Continue reading

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History of step dancing in Australia

Our video presentation for the SteppingOn Conference held at Cecil Sharp House, London in conjunction with The Instep Research Team and The Historical Dance Society. 16-17 November, 2019 Dr Heather Blasdale Clarke is the Instep Research Team’s representative in Australia.

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Omai, the Tahitian celebrity

Music by Philip’s Dog: Roland Clarke (violin), Katie Lawton (violin), Rebecca Wright (Cello), Donald McKay (bodran). Recorded by Daniel Nelson, Amniote Audio & Lisa Meier, Harmonix Productions at SAE Studios, Brisbane. Mixed and Mastered by Daniel Nelson, Amniote Audio. Country … Continue reading

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4 Powerful Benefits Of Studying History

4 Powerful Benefits Of Studying History A blog by Mary Paterson Studying history is more than facts and figures. It is understanding where we have come from, acknowledging the cultural drivers that have brought us to today, and giving us … Continue reading

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What to wear at a Jane Austen Ball

Overview Gentlemen Ladies Shoes Making a costume Buying a costume Hiring a costume About the Ball Buy a ticket Overview Jane Austen was writing her novels at the time Australia was being colonised, so the clothes people wore and the … Continue reading

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South Sea

 Music by Phillip’s Dog: Roland Clarke (violin)   South Sea Straight and Skillern’s A Collection of Two Hundred & Four Favourite Country Dances for 1775 Country dance: Duple minor longways. A1 1-4 All set twice to partner 5-6 Change places … Continue reading

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Mile End Assembly

Music by Philip’s Dog: Roland Clarke (violin) Country dance: Triple minor longways. A1 1-4 1st couple cast into 2nd place, 2nd couple moves up 5-8 1st man circles left with  2nd couple, whilst 1st lady circles left with  3rd couple … Continue reading

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Mundy’s Quadrilles

… this is the largest and most significant body of settler musical work to survive from Australia before the 1840s. The quadrilles are … competently crafted, melodically original and textually varied.   Most of them are tonally and chromatically rather more … Continue reading

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