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.
Cloggers wind up the French part
of their tour before heading to
Spain. Photo submitted.
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
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.