Category Archives: Folk festivals

Appearances at folk festivals.

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.

White Horse Folk Festival

The White Horse Folk Festival is a small folk festival that takes place every year in locations in and close to the festival headquarters in Grove.

The day starts with a group dance on the top of the Uffington White Horse. We were one of the six sides that ascended the top to bemuse the various walkers and other visitors.

Kate, Charlotte and Murray at the White Horse.

Kate, Charlotte and Murray at the White Horse.

As you can see, the morning weather was a a little restrained for August.

Icknield Morris Men on the White Horse

Icknield Morris Men on the White Horse

At midday we returned to dance at a couple of locations around the centre of Wantage.

Theale Tattoo clog dancers.

Theale Tattoo clog dancers.

The day finished with a massed dance in Grove. By this stage the cloud layer had burnt off, and it was decidedly hot and sweaty by the end.

White Horse Folk Festival

After a week of rain, Saturday was a mercifully dry, and we had a fine old time dancing at various locations in and around Wantage for the White Horse Folk Festival.

The day started at the famous Uffington White Horse. Dancing just above the horse’s head, we had a brilliant view over the hills.

Our hosts Icknield Way led the way.

Icknield Way

Icknield Way

We did three dances at the Horse.

Dancing Constant Billy atop the White Horse at Uffington.

Dancing Constant Billy atop the White Horse at Uffington.

And had time to enjoy the view.

Emma and Mick enjoy the view standing on the White Horse at Uffington.

Emma and Mick enjoy the view standing on the White Horse at Uffington.

Other local groups Cornucopia Clog and Rose Hips bellydance danced in the sunshine too.

All sides dancing at the White Horse at Uffington.

All sides dancing at the White Horse at Uffington.

After that, we visited locations in Wantage and Grove, dancing 14 different dances in all. A busy day.

Chippenham Folk Festival 2015

Chippenham Folk Festival is a regular fixture in the Havoc calendar. We’ve had to deploy umbrellas more than once in the past, but Saturday May 23rd was a perfect day.

We started on the main stage and then proceeded to various dance spots about the town.

About to launch into 'Constant Billy' at the Chippenham Folk Festival.

About to launch into ‘Constant Billy’ at the Chippenham Folk Festival.

It was a day for running into dance types less often encountered. Slovak dance group Morena plough a very different furrow to English folk.

Slovak Dance Group Morena at Chippenham.

Slovak Dance Group Morena at Chippenham.

We were on more familiar ground with Lancashire’s very own Regency Rejigged. A couple of Havocs have done Playford, and much looked familiar, or so they said.

Regency Rejigged at the Chippenham Folk Festival.

Regency Rejigged at the Chippenham Folk Festival.

Bunkfest

The last weekend in August. It must be Bunkfest in Wallingford.

Cry Havoc were, as usual, part of the public dance programme. We appeared at four locations around the town centre, alternating with another side for 30 minute displays.

Dancing Lads A'Buncham at the Dolphin, Wallingford, on the Saturday of Bunkfest.

Dancing Lads A’Buncham at the Dolphin, Wallingford, on the Saturday of Bunkfest.

Dancing Young Collins at the Cross Keys, Wallingford, on the Saturday of Bunkfest.

Dancing Young Collins at the Cross Keys, Wallingford, on the Saturday of Bunkfest.

Wittfest

Back on home ground, Sunday 15th June saw us at Wittfest, a small free charity music festival that’s a fixture on the Havoc calendar. We were, as usual, dancing on the grass outside the concert tent. Luckily the weather had been dry. We’ve discovered in the past that dancing is hard work when the going is soft.

Even with firm ground, when grass is involved a stick doesn’t make much noise when it hits the ground. Cries of ‘Bang!’ were added to give on-lookers a clue as to the usual procedure.

Jenny Lynd at Wittfest.

Jenny Lynd at Wittfest.

Havoc musicians were augmented by a small extra, Steve and Audrey’s grandson Ethan.

Steve and Audrey's grandson Ethan appears in kit.

Steve and Audrey’s grandson Ethan appears in kit.

Chippenham Folk Festival

The weather forecast for our visit to the Chippenham Folk Festival on May 24th had not been good, and for once the weather delivered on the Met Office’s promise. We got rained on.

We kicked off at the Rose and Crown. It wasn’t particularly dry outside, so we danced inside. Dorset Buttons Rapper were sensibly of the same mind.

Dorset Buttons Rapper sensibly opt for the inside option at the Rose and Crown.

Dorset Buttons Rapper sensibly opt for the inside option at the Rose and Crown.

The low beams gave our esteemed Squire a little cause for concern.

Banbury Bill at the Rose and Crown, Chippenham. Pete is troubled by the low beam,

Banbury Bill at the Rose and Crown, Chippenham. Pete is troubled by the low beam.

Some others didn’t notice the problem.

Banbury Bill in the Rose and Crown, Chippenham. Barbara is not troubled by the low beam.

Banbury Bill in the Rose and Crown, Chippenham. Barbara is not troubled by the low beam.

Next stop was the lower end of the High Street, with Cornwalls’ very own Wreckers Border Morris. We got away with a light soaking for our first dance, but for the second dance had to resort to the infamous Sidesteps with Umbrellas.

Cry Havoc's Brolly Sidesteps. Dancing in the rain at the Chippenham Folk Festival.

Cry Havoc’s Brolly Sidesteps. Dancing in the rain at the Chippenham Folk Festival.

The Parade down the High Street was threatened with rain that thankfully didn’t materialise. And by the time we turned up for our last spot with Ditchling Morris and Winchester the sun had positively started shining.

Ditchling Morris at Chippenham.

Ditchling Morris at Chippenham.

The sun shines on the Winchester Morris Men at Chippenham.

The sun shines on the Winchester Morris Men at Chippenham.

Oxford Folk Weekend 2014

The weather was kind to us as we took part in the Saturday happenings of Oxford Folk Weekend.

We started in Gloucester Green in the middle of the festival Village Fete.

Dancing Banbury Bill at the Oxford Folk Weekend 2014

Dancing Banbury Bill at the Oxford Folk Weekend 2014

Old Speckled Hen at Oxford Folk Weekend 2014

Old Speckled Hen at Oxford Folk Weekend 2014

We then moved on to Oxford Castle.

Gwerinwyr Gwent Welsh folk dance from Newport

Gwerinwyr Gwent Welsh folk dance from Newport

After a little lunch, we joined a motley assortment of other sides outside The Bear in Alfred Street.

Dancing Highland Mary at Oxford Folk Weekend 2014

Dancing Highland Mary at Oxford Folk Weekend 2014

We then had a bit of a break before out last engagement of the day – running the festival Family Morris Dance Workshop. We think we did rather well – after a mere 40 minutes we had adults and children together doing most of Constant Billy! After that, a little show and tell about our musical instruments, and then we finished off with everybody joining in a Shepherd’s Hey.

Cry Havoc running the Family Morris Dance Workshop at Oxford Folk Weekend 2014

Cry Havoc running the Family Morris Dance Workshop at Oxford Folk Weekend 2014

A Grand Day Out.

Random pictures from Cry Havoc’s 20th anniversary year