Morris dancing?

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Morris dancing?

Postby LittleJack » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:20 pm

As we approach May Day, morris dancing is foremost in my mind. Any other morris dancers want to get a set or two up on the playa? I'll have my mando, and can play most of the common morris tunes (Fieldtown, Bleddington, Sherbourne, Border, etc.) Someone else would have to bring sticks - I just don't have room in my car.
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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby tatonka » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:39 pm

had to look it up , never heard of it . Looks loke fun with the right amount of beer :)

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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby dangerous » Thu May 02, 2013 9:06 am

tatonka wrote:Looks like fun with the right amount of beer :)

is there a wrong amount of beer? really?
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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby lemur » Thu May 02, 2013 9:09 am

WHAT ABOUT MOLLY DANCING?!

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AND..most importantly. longsword dancing?

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im a big fan of the latter.
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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby lemur » Thu May 02, 2013 9:11 am

of note is that this is all way too english, and you can use the same song for all 3 types of dancing.
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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby LittleJack » Thu May 02, 2013 9:32 am

Unlike Cotswold Morris, Molly dancing and English Longsword (and Northwest clogging, for that matter) are considered Winter dance traditions. Border Morris is also technically a Winter tradition, but it's too damn much fun to not do year 'round.

Molly dancing is cool if it's a high energy team like Gog Magog or Ouse Washes, but there's very little good Molly dancing of that sort on this side of the pond. We put together a molly side for a Winter Traditions Day of Dance a few years ago, Pan's Menagerie (sample video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TunefbtFZIc - I'm the Monkey Molly).

And yes, I also do some longsword dancing as well, both with Red Rose Morris and Sword as well as the Merrie Pryanksters. I'm actually working on building some flaming swords that we can choreograph around - using 3/4" metal slats and 1/2" kevlar wicking. If it works, I'll post a video of it here. If it doesn't, I'll post the hospital address where you can send me flowers and chocolates. :)
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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby lemur » Thu May 02, 2013 10:00 am

i dont do any of this dacing but i do love this englishy stuff..these dancing/ritualistic/seasonal things really show a gap between the cultures... in america.. at least, from what ive seen.. much of that little village life townlife stuff has been destroyed or perhaps never even existed.. .. maybe im just too used to living in the city and didnt notice the quaint country townfolk doing their little dances
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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby Krokodyle » Thu May 02, 2013 11:53 am

I'll have my mando as well and would be happy to try and meet up to play some Morris tunes I know (and learn ones I don't). The plan this summer is to take sword/Morris classes at music camp (a few weeks before BM) so perhaps I'll be skilled enough to join in the dancing... :D
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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby LittleJack » Thu May 02, 2013 7:10 pm

Hey Krokodyle,

Is that Lark camp? In any case I'm delighted that you'll bring a mando! We need to meet up to swap tunes if nothing else. :)

Perhaps ironically, I'll be camping in Hushville.

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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby Krokodyle » Fri May 03, 2013 1:59 pm

It is indeed, LJ. :D I've been a few times (working in one of the kitchens for tuition & food) with friends and it's been a blast. This year should prove the same!
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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby BeeWeeDee » Sat May 04, 2013 8:34 pm

I was thinking this thread was going to be a fat cat and a bowl of kibbles.
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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby marmot3 » Sun May 05, 2013 5:14 pm

Hey I'll dance with you on the playa! Morris is loads of fun. (Also a Larkie btw)

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Re: Morris dancing?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon May 06, 2013 12:14 am

Painfully original and cool. I hope it gets you laid more than any DJ.


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