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.
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:
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
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
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
I can imagine the carnage if Havoc were to try this