|photographed at Chateau Chinon Fete 15 August|
The dancing couple above are wearing traditional Morvandiaux costume. The man is wearing clothes worn by a Galvacher, an ancient carter. Les Galvachers left their villages in May of every year for at least six months to find work. They “hired” their carts pulled by Charollais cattle for heavy duty haulage work. Charollais cattle, the local beef cattle, are capable of pulling several tons of timber.
There is Les Galvachers museum at Anost, a pretty town surrounded by steep forest-covered hills. Anost also hosts the Festival de la Vielle (Hurdy Gurdy Festival) every August. Well worth a visit to listen and dance to the traditional foot tapping music mixed with musical influences from around the world.
Traditional hand made clogs can be seen being made at Goloux shop and clog making museum and a shop in the shadows of Saint-Pere, Vezelay.
As the sky outside darkens heralding more snow….it is good to think back to those summer days full of music, brightly coloured skirts whirling and dancing.