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Monday, December 7th, 2009
11:25 am
[metallumai]
Rats onna quest
Hi All-- River Rats Border Morris are looking for an Ale. (or even two.)Normally we have danced at the Midwest Morris Ale, and may possibly take a smallish group there again in the spring-- but this time it's in Boulder, Colorado, and the altitude and dryness make two of our dancers ill.

We attended the Toronto Ale year before last and had a wonderful time, but don't know how to contact them (there was a different foreman then, who has since left.) We're a mixed team-- maybe this would preclude an invitation to some places-- but we can be seen on YouTube, dancing at the Midwest Ale last year.

We have a couple of new dancers who have never seen an Ale; we need to fix this! If anyone is willing to have us, or has contact information for Ale organizers, please comment!
Sunday, December 6th, 2009
2:24 pm
[malefica_v]
Farewell Pete Brown
As seen on the FBMM web site:

The Foggy Bottom Morris Men regret to inform the world of the passing of the great Pete Brown. Just after midnight on December 4, 2009, Pete left this earth to join the morris team in the sky, where we assume Nick Robertshaw was waiting for him.

Pete has been a longtime member of the Foggy Bottom Morris Men and was a former member of the Swindon Morris Men in Wiltshire, England. As well as being a dancer, Pete, age 54, was an accomplished singer, musician and song-writer. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and teammates.

There will be a memorial celebration to honor Pete's life sometime in January. We will post details in this space as they become available.

In the meantime, please keep Pete's son Nathaniel and the rest of his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Current Mood: sad
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
11:43 am
[malefica_v]
For all who will!
Morris: A Life With Bells On is (probably) coming to the States!!! It has been invited as the Official Selection for the Seattle International Film Festival 2009.

http://www.morrismovie.com/

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
8:27 am
[stryk46]
Annoucing the 2009 Midwest morris ale.
Your and your team are invited to the 2009 Midwest Morris Ale, to be held in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, May 22-25, 2009. The Ale is hosted this year by the Twin Cities Morris Community.

We will be based at Camp Ihduhapi, a YMCA camp in in Loretto, Minnesota, about 45 minutes west of Minneapolis. http://www.campihduhapi.org/

Tours will include stops at city landmarks and great watering holes.

Cost: A rough estimate at this point is $160.

The more people who attend, the less the final cost will be, so the Midwest Morris Ale committee is asking any teams thinking of attending to please contact the registration committee ASAP with the best estimate of the number who will be attending from your side (or other group).

For further information please go to: http://midwestmorrisale.org/

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us (contacts are listed on the web site).

Please pass this information on to dancers and musicians who may not have received this mailing. We hope to see you there!

The 2009 Midwest Morris Ale Committee
Monday, January 19th, 2009
9:47 pm
[stryk46]
Contact info for Pullman Morris and Sword in Chicago
I am looking for a contact with Pullman Morris and Sword in Chicago. I will be in town for business the end of March and Early April. I'm wondering what day of the week they have practice. I would like to come to practice and pub if it works out.

Wilbur, Accordion operator, Uptown-on-Calhoun Morris.
Sunday, January 18th, 2009
9:24 pm
[7patches]
Monday, January 12th, 2009
10:45 pm
[catmint_1984]
IVFDF 2009
http://events.exeter.ac.uk/ivfdf2009/index.php

BIG PLUG!!! February 27th-March 1st 2009, Exeter University is hosting the Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival. There's all sorts of stuff going on - ceilidhs, morris tour, dance, music and song workshops...even orange-jousting! It's the longest continuously-running folk festival in the country and it's absolutely fantastic!!!

Monday, November 24th, 2008
9:56 am
[catmint_1984]
British Haka
This was on the BBC website this morning:


http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7743000/7743388.stm


Current Mood: busy
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
11:03 pm
[malefica_v]
Ale, Ale, the gang's all here
Midwest Morris Ale, here we come! http://midwestmorrisale.org/
Omaha will never be the same. Then again, it never really was...

Current Mood: excited
Friday, April 11th, 2008
7:46 pm
[malefica_v]
Monday, March 17th, 2008
11:49 pm
[hmmm_tea]
Successful London-based Male Rapper Side Seeks Dancers
We practice in Southwark (not far from London Bridge station).

Recently came second overall at DERT 2008.

Anyone interested?

Video of us behind cutCollapse )
Monday, December 31st, 2007
12:11 am
[malefica_v]
Morris at the movies, 2008!
http://www.morrismovie.com/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029342/

"The film follows the fortunes of an avant garde Morris team in their struggle to evolve Morris Dancing."

Let the squee-ing commence! (Once to yourself, o'course.)

Cross-posted, with apologies if you've seen it too often already.

Current Mood: energetic
Wednesday, December 5th, 2007
7:20 pm
[metallumai]
recruiting; dances for two or three?
Hi all-- I am new to the community, foreman and acting squire of the River Rats (Border.) This summer we suffered a major exodus of three dissatisfied dancers-- all for the best; the rest of the side is much happier now-- but our numbers are dangerously low. And then we lost a fourth due to physical problems!

We now have four regular dancers, are looking for recruits like mad-- but in the meantime, if one of us should be missing, for a final exam, say, or an injury or any of the other things that could befall.... does anyone out there have any favourite dances for two or three, just in case?

Actually, any dances for two or three that are NOT Tinner's Rabbit?

All suggestions gratefully accepted!
Sunday, September 16th, 2007
7:25 am
[aedifica]
Somewhat off-topic, but of interest to morris dancers
I post this here because morris dancers tend to be the only people I know who know Stan Rogers songs.

Global Warming Opens "Northwest Passage"
Thursday, August 16th, 2007
10:58 pm
[chairchair]

I have had a wonderful weekend at Broadstairs. I am working on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This means that I am travelling backwards and fowards. As the week goes on, I will try and update the following Morris Dancing diary. I hope that it is ok

I tried to look for Chingford Morris. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to locate anyone from the Morris Dancing side. You might have seen me in my pyjamas!:

Friday 10th August 2007
I arrived at Broadstairs. I signed in at Registration and then headed over to the field that I would be camping in. I got settled in with my stuff.

My friend and I headed into town in the evening to try out the pubs. We visited the Charles Dickens, the Dolphin and the Neptune pub. We listened to the band 'Triality' in the Lord Nelson pub.

Saturday 11th August 2007
Our mens' Morris side were running a longsword workshop this morning. I decided to give it a try and went along to learn a dance. I enjoyed learning a dance.

In the afternoon, it was Dress Up afternoon. The ladies had decided to dress in pyjamas and the men were dressed in Men in Black costumes. We used teddy bears instead of sticks and garlands. We danced outside the Albion place. It was quite interesting to walk through the streets afterwards!

One of the men did a barbecue in the evening and the food was lovely. I headed into the town in the evening with a couple of friends. We started off in the Rose. We then headed for the Dolphin and the Lord Nelson pubs. We went to the ceilidh at the Pavilion and then headed back to the food tent for hot chocolate with rum.

Sunday 12th August 2007
I went to the Cajun Dance Workshop in the morning. In the afternoon, we danced outside the Albion place. I headed back to Rochester in the evening.

Monday 13th August 2007
I headed down to Broadstairs after work. I had a meal and then I headed down to the pubs.

Tuesday 14th August 2007
In the afternoon, I went to a concert. The 1st half was blues music by 3 people, Keira, Sarah and Ben. Keira was Sarah's son. In the 2nd half of the concert, Don Mesuel (I'm not sure of the surname) sung a few songs.

In the evening, we were meant to be dancing. This was cancelled due to the rain. A lot of the Morris Dancers sat under the awning next to a friend's caravan.

Wednesday 15th August 2007
A friend gave me a lift back home in the morning to work. I headed back to Broadstairs after work. I went out for a meal and then I headed to the pubs.

Thursday 16th August 2007
In the morning, a minibus took us to Whitby Cross. We danced at a Shopping Centre for an hour. After we arrived back, the men danced on the seafront.

I had an icecream and headed back to the campsite for a meal. I went to the pub for a drink before heading back to Rochester.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
9:27 pm
[yellowrocket]
Of yellow ducks, a lot of dancing and a really big castle...
Or alternatively, we danced at Chepstow Two Rivers festival at the weekend :-).

Travelled down Friday afternoon and pitched camp next to the racecourse, nice enough site with the Portashowers of Doom, tilting toilets and an area about 10 paces wide and 12 long to accommodate a dozen or so morris dancers and their tents. We therefore spilled onto the 'roadway' in a defiant fashion.
Did a fair bit of sitting around and catching up with dancers from other sides before going to the twmpath, run by Dragon's Breath. Decent band, much fun was had even if there weren't that many people there. They also had two splendid cuddly dragons (called Dilys and Bryn, I discovered) draped over the speakers in a friendly fashion.

Up at seven on Saturday, dancing in the town from ten. We were teamed up with Alvechurch (Border) and Ellington (Cotswold) for the day, dancing first in the middle of town and then down by the bridge. Had lunch in the castle, danced there afterwards (just because it's a cool place to dance)and explored it thoroughly. It's huge - goes back for ages with three large bailies and a barbican all in a row and breathtaking views out over the river Wye. Back with Alvechurch and Ellington for the afternoon, joined by Silhill (Border) and then OBJ (Border) who'd got tired of dancing with the same people all the time and come seeking someone different.
Back to the campsite for a while and then out to another twmpath, this time with Florida who are very loud, very enthusiastic and have a short guy playing an enormous saxaphone that truly is almost as tall as he is :-)
Great Western (Cotswold) did a spot in the middle: they really are very, very good indeed - something to aspire to, methinks! They get loads of height, cover a phenomenal amount of ground when they dance and are obviously having great fun doing it :-)

Sunday began with the news that our melodeon player had become a Grandad for the first time, all good :-)
Down to the riverside for the procession at eleven. Very short as these things go, would have been good to have gone a bit further but it was nice to line the route for the following sides t come through. Great Western seemed to have other ideas, however and danced off across the bridge into the neighbouring country as if they expected the rest of us to follow them...
We watched them go...
Danced in lots of places along the riverfront after that and watched in amusement as the slowest ducks in the yellow plastic duck race were herded along by the Severn Area Rescue boat. We all cheered. It seemed like the thing to do :-)
Altogether we danced with Silhill, Elephant up a Pole, Alvechurch, Ellington, Grimspound, Foxes, Clerical Error, Beltane, Pigsty and (of course) The Widders. It was nice to see so many different sides as we'd been with the same few all the rest of the time.
Struck camp and came home after a spot of lunch in the pub.
Altogether a good weekend and I'm looking forward to coming back again next year and bringing the family too ;-)

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, July 5th, 2007
9:01 pm
[chairchair]
Is anyone planning on going to the Broadstairs Folk Festival this summer in August? I will be there for the weekend and on the Tuesday, due to working on the other days. It is my 1st time camping there, but I attended on the Saturday in 2005.
1:45 pm
[yellowrocket]
We're off to Chepstow for the Two Rivers Festival this weekend. Anyone planning to be there?

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, May 7th, 2007
7:38 pm
[yellowrocket]
Upton upon Severn
Have spent the weekend morris dancing at Upton upon Severn festival in Worcestershire, which was good fun and only rained a bit :-)

The LowdownCollapse )

Current Mood: chipper
Saturday, May 5th, 2007
12:58 pm
[blaisepascal]
So if I were to go up to a bunch of Morris Dancers at an ale with a video camera and said I was making a documentary about Morris Dancing and asked them (on camera) what the origin of Morris Dancing was, what sort of response do you think I'd get?

And do you think it would make a difference if I (the documentarian with the camera) was in kit or not?

(and no, I'm not asking *here* about the origin of Morris; I've already done my research).
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