Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Rodborough Riding

A new dance, and perhaps one of our more noisy ones.  Based on an old legend of lost love and unfulfilled destiny, we tell this story using the medium of dance.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

The Black Horse at Amberley

Yet another good night, some amazing views as we danced accross the valley and at the sunset.

We've had alot of requests to see the famous Dead Mans Acre dance.  This is the Zen-like dance that should only be done by highly experienced dancers, which is why if you're very careful, you will see my deliberate mistake.  Luckily, no-one dies.  I wish I could say that for every time we perform this.

Here's another photo from the night.

A great crowd!


Friday, 20 July 2012

Next Opportunity to See Us

Thursday 26th July 2012

8.00pm Morris-Time

The Black Horse, Amberley

Although we haven't told them yet!

Meet the Side

Martin is a nuclear scientist and one of our founding members.  He's currently on secondment to teach the Italians all about Morris.  He might be working there at the same time, but I don't believe it.

Many years ago, he was bitten by a radioactive ant-girl who gave him the superpower to fly, which he uses to great effect during the daring "Dead Man's Acre", in fact I've heard it said that "His Twizzles are amazin'"

In his spare time he drinks real ales and runs although rarely at the same time.  He runs very well, but just cannot hide.

He is currently without beard.


The Three Horseshoes

Now, this isn't a good pub guide, but some things need to be said.  Whatever you're doing stop it!  Leave work/home or whatever and go to this pub.  Queue up for proper beer at a proper pub with a proper landlady.  Listen to live music and even sing along (everyone else does).  If you don't; these places won't exist anymore and it'll be all your fault.

By the way, we had a great time, a fantastic crowd giving us an almost record-size Princess Royal at the end.  Good to see Young Pete again edging back to full fitness.

I want to do it all again.  Now.


Friday, 6 July 2012

Next Opportunity to See Us

19th July 2012 8.00pm Morris Time

The Three Horsheshoes, Frampton on Severn

We look forward to seeing you. 
 First pint's on us (don't be daft, of course it's not!)


Meet the side.

Doug is our musician.  Musicians are those odd people that stand on the sidelines making the noise while we dance.  Doug was clasically trained from an early age.  Scepticism and beer soon took over and he discovered Folk music.  Now, Doug has forgotten more than most musicians haven't even learned yet.  Would be nice if he remembered it once in a while though!

When not squeezing his box for us, Doug can often be found in the corner of some dark pub accompanied by a tankard full of a strange brew and either impressing people with his playing or depressing people with his jokes.

The Star at Whiteshill

Or should we say "the sun"?  Yes, that funny thing that used to be in the sky was back for one night only!

Some good dancing for a still tired side and a great audience.  Really recommend this Pub, some fantastic ales that you won't find in many places and a friendly landlord.  Many thanks for the sandwiches, they soaked the beer up well.  See you next year!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Dancing with Will

What a day, what a day indeed!  As London prepares for its 2012 Olympics, there was something altogether different going on at the other Stratford, you know, the one Upon Avon.

Yesterday was the Joint Open Morris Day of Dance held at the kind invitation of the RSC.  And alongside some fifty or sixty of the Country's best sides, we were there.

It was a full day of dance for us all, and we were not without our casualties.  Ole Pete got hit with a stick (sorry Pete), Elisabeth's ankle got badly twisted, the Musician got amnesia, the Apprentice Fool fell over and Jane bashed her own leg.  With that said, we danced like there was no tomorrow, with enthusiasm and no small amount of skill, indeed, both Jane and Elisabeth were highly complimented by the Head of the Morris Ring himself!  No small feat.  All of that and the finest Princess Royal to behold, dragging as many other sides as we could press-gang last count about thirty dancers!

Thanks to everyone who came along, danced, watched, contributed etc...

Of the other sides, most notable to me were Berkshire Bedlam, Outside Capering Crew and Old Meg, all of whom are well worth catching if you get the chance.