Author Archives: Jim Hague

Swanage Folk Festival – one last hurrah for Summer 2018

The AGM has been and gone, and we’re about to embark on a new practice season. One last snippet of the summer dance out programme remains, Swanage Folk Festival.

We took part in the dance programme on Saturday, starting outside the Heritage Centre with Beetlecrushers Step and Clog, and then on to the classical setting of the Prince Albert Gardens with Marlings Morris.

Marlings Morris at Prince Albert Gardens





Locals Baharah Bellydance on the Sea Front


After that, a trip to the Sea Front with locals Baharah Bellydance.



Dancing on the pier at Swanage


And then off to the pier for a little dance on our own.

Cry Havoc on the pier at Swanage






And then, time for the procession! The 2017 procession was notable for the rain that started just as we got moving, and completely soaked us before we’d got half way. This year the weather gods were more forgiving. You can see us, complete with unruly Buzzard, at 11 minutes in on this video.

Folk Weekend and May Morning approach

Oxford Folk Weekend starts today. We’re out and about in the City Centre tomorrow. We’ll definitely be at the Botanic Gardens at 10am and the Ashmolean Steps at midday, but may pop up elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Oxford City Council have announced a change in crowd management for this year’s May Morning. This was covered on the BBC and ITV local news; both used their library footage of last year and we appeared in both. ITV shot footage in the Botanic Gardens last year, and apparently they had a lot of us, but I don’t have any video. But we do have a video of the BBC report:

Wassailing!

Saturday 6th January, so somewhere in the region of Twelfth Night, and it’s wassailing time again at Hogacre.

About which we should really write more. Suffice it to say it was the usual fun and games, and lots of loud noises to ensure a fruitful year, and when I can find some pictures I’ll post them.

Eynsham on July 25th

The last Thursday in July saw us at the Newlands Inn in Eynsham, as guests of Eynsham Morris. They’d also invited Ducklington Morris and Cornucopia Appalachian. We’re all old friends.

Ducklington in action

Ducklington in action

Emma did her jig. Judging by the photo, at some speed.

Sometimes Emma dances so quickly, she's just a blur

Sometimes Emma dances so quickly, she’s just a blur

Later on we moved on to the Queen’s Head for some more dancing.

Eynsham turn up the energy

Eynsham turn up the energy

Eynsham's musicians working hard

Eynsham’s musicians working hard

Kate concentrating

Kate concentrating

And once danced out it was inside the pub for a most splendid music session. A most excellent evening.

All Saints mini Beer Festival

It was a busy weekend. Fresh from Cuddesdon Church Fete on Saturday, a set of intrepid Havocs plus support from three stalward dancers from Wolvercote ventured out to south Buckinghamshire. Mission: entertain a small church beer festival organised in part by My Mum. So we’d better be on good dancing form.

We had a few moments when we discovered that Wolvercote and Havoc don’t quite do some dances the same, but it all worked out in the end.

Balance The Straw - Havoc and Wolvercote work out what we have in common

Balance The Straw – Havoc and Wolvercote work out what we have in common

Havoc and Wolvercote sticks at the ready.

Havoc and Wolvercote sticks at the ready.

Highland Mary finished without too much incident.

Highland Mary finished without too much incident.

Young Collins in full flight.

Young Collins in full flight.

Havoc and the banner.

Havoc and the banner.

Havoc, Wolvercote and the banner.

Havoc, Wolvercote and the banner.

All the above photos courtesy David Moore Photography.

And one more of our own.

Constant Billy about to start.

Constant Billy about to start.

All in all, a busy weekend. But a good one, not least for our charity for 2017, Abingdon RDA.

At the Bell, Aldworth, with Rockhopper

The Bell in Aldworth is a pub that appears to have stepped out of a historic novel (in the best sense). Unchanged and unspoilt interior, local cricket team meeting after practice, and morris happening outside.

We were there with Rockhopper Morris on a glorious early summer evening. Or that’s what it felt like. Quite brilliantly I managed to forget to take any pictures of Havoc, so here’s a few of Rockhopper doing what they. And they do it very well.

Rockhopper in action

Rockhopper in action

Pipe and tabor. These sounded brilliant, and (I am told) are very difficult to learn to play.

Pipe and tabor. These sounded brilliant, and (I am told) are very difficult to learn to play.

A dance which includes throwing sticks to each other

A dance which includes throwing sticks to each other

I can imagine the carnage if Havoc were to try this

I can imagine the carnage if Havoc were to try this

More from May Morning

Yes, it really was that time in the morning. More pictures from May Morning.

By ‘eck lad, it’s early.

The start of dawn on May Morning

The start of dawn on May Morning

Emma does a solo.

Emma dances a jig, the Nutting Girl

Emma dances a jig, the Nutting Girl

The choir start to appear.

The choir appear at the top of Magdelen Tower

The choir appear at the top of Magdelen Tower

In Broad Street outside the White Horse.

Dancing Banbury Bill in Broad Street

Dancing Banbury Bill in Broad Street

Breakfast time.

Everyone at Morris Breakfast on May Morning

Everyone at Morris Breakfast on May Morning

And off to the Ashmolean Steps.

Steve warns the crowd that we're about to Constant Billy

Steve warns the crowd that we’re about to Constant Billy

Dancing Young Collins on the steps of the Ashmolean after breakfast

Dancing Young Collins on the steps of the Ashmolean after breakfast

And after that, North Parade at midday.

A joint side of Summertown and Willington in North Parade at lunchtime on May Morning

A joint side of Summertown and Willington in North Parade at lunchtime on May Morning

North Parade at midday on May Morning

North Parade at midday on May Morning