Murfreesboro's Cripple Creek Cloggers visit France, Spain
 
Murfreesboro's Cripple Creek Cloggers visit France, Spain | Cripple Creek Cloggers, Steve Cates

Cripple Creek Cloggers wind up the French part of their tour before heading to Spain. Photo submitted.
More than 50,000 tourists and area residents crowded the small town of Quillan, France last week for the annual International Festival of the Pyrenees, including Murfreesboro’s own Cripple Creek Cloggers.

Joining folk troupes from three other continents, the Cripple Creek Cloggers and Rigney Family Bluegrass from Normandy, Tenn. paraded the streets lit by torchlight to help officially open the festival. Then, on opening night, a standing ovation by the audience brought them back to the stage after their 90-minute show.

The group visited cities and towns in the vicinity of Quillan before the group departing in their bus to cross the Pyrenees for their shows in Jaca, Spain for the concluding events of the tour. The dancers have had sightseeing visits to historical monuments in this agricultural and wine region, as well as meetings with local residents are a daily event. Cripple Creek Cloggers wind up the French part of their tour this week with shows in Limoux, another in the many Pyrenees towns where they have been received so enthusiastically this week.

The troupe joins 44 others from 20 countries in Jaca, Spain on Monday for a week of parades and expositions in that area. The Rigney Family Bluegrass continues to provide excellent vocals and instrumentals to complement the oldtime clogging and buck dancing.
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