Sunday, December 02, 2012

The Feast, 1 December, Parson's Green

Among the highlights of the Feast was Jeremy re-enacting Kemp's Jig, as performed (probably) during the Nine Daies Wonder in 1600. The dance was performed in front of a plaque warning against just this sort of unruly behaviour. 

We had 11 of us, so were able to put on some good dancing, in between drinking tea and beer, and eating.

The AGM resolved that side should continue on its merry way.

Old Ale Festival, White Horse, Parsons Green 24 November

We danced at the Old Ale Festival at the White Horse in Parson's Green, for the second year. 

No photos I can find, but we had a good show and enjoyed the beer. 

The Pearlies

We performed at the Pearly Kings and Queens' Harvest Festival at the Guild Hall on 30 September. 

There were plenty of eccentric people to see

The camera loves Allan
There were Morris dancers of all sizes////
What sort of a uniform is that??

Some sides had beasts....

Our beast was favourite 

Gillespie Park , Islington

Once again we visited Gillespie Park Ecology Centre  in Islington.
A lovely sunny day, and enough dancers for some good shows.

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We met Bob Ross's grand-daughter...

.. demonsttrated wind-powered morris

 // and creative anachronism...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Practices Start again next Tuesday!

We're starting our practices next Tuesday (18th September), and we're also going to have a session as an open evening on the 9th October with the idea of letting new people try it out together.

Any of you people out there who've always thought you might have a go  sometime - this is the ideal time to try!
Of course you'd also be welcome any other night (though we're having a half term on the 30th October)

We practice at Haverstock School on Haverstock Hill in Camden, close to Chalk farm tube station, we meet on Tuesdays at 7.30 to 9.30 with a musician practice from 7.

 Afterwards of course we go to the pub. we're still trying the local hostelries to decide which is our favourite

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Angel Canal Festival, 2 September

The Angel Canal Festival - a regular and a favourite event. This time round we had an early start at 11, and danced at the pub, the Plaza and the towpath.

There were owls to see, as well as the Insect Circus Museum. The Pearly Jazzers and Tragic Roundabout were there as usual.

Another treat was a display of dancing with kayak paddles. After the girls from Islington Boat Club showed their stuff, we roped one of them in to perform Balance the Oar with paddles.

We're hoping for photos of the dance.

We had a good audience back at the Prince of Wales, and Kitty danced a double jig mufti, with Peter....

Phoenix Garden Agricultural Show and St Giles Fayre

1 September was St Giles' Day, and the fourth Phoenix Garden Agricultural Show, held in the community garden and the churchyard, at St Giles' Church, near Tottenham Court Road. It's our third time there.

There were farm animals, a Punch and Judy, and the lovely Crystal Palace Brass Band.

Half the audience knew Myrtle by name, and she got some left-over sausages.

 As often happens, photos are of jigs...


Monday, July 16, 2012

The Fiddler's Elbow, 15 July

We opened a charity event at The Fiddler's Elbow, a music venue which like London Pride, is "legendary".

The event was in aid of the Children's Society's campaign to Make Runaways Safe. Runaway children are at very serious risk and youth work has been hit very hard by the government's austerity measures.

At the moment, local authorities are letting a lot of runaway children slip through the net.The Children's Society has put together a Runaways' Charter, and the campaign aims to get all local authorities to sign up to it.

We support this, and we urge you all to do the same.

The charity had laid on a day with 11 bands in ten hours, starting with us, outside the pub attempting to encourage people in.

We enjoyed it, and members of the audience were seen to be smiling and tapping their feet.

At least none of them actually ran away from us...