A mislaid camera charging cable prevented upload of these pics from my camera (the battery died) until now, but here they are. Hopefully they reflect the fun time we all had at the Greenman Festival, which saw us dancing for a good 2-3 hours each day from Thursday-Sunday. Thanks to Allison, Geoff, Stewart & Sian who took pics of us with my camera when asked to do so.
Highlights were dancing Postman’s Knock with a set of the Festival Post Folk, our brief, cameo performance in the Circus of Truths Disco Panto, and the 26 peep set of Brighton Camp. However, just being at this incredibly friendly festival, set in the magnificence of the Usk Valley has to be the major highlight of all!
Well, what a great few days we have had!
We arrived at the Greenman Festival on Thursday and after sorting out our tents, we immediately launched into dancing at the Courtyard Camra run bar which had ales too numerous to mention, and constantly changing groups of customers who seemed thrilled to see us back at the festival, and took the trouble to chat to us - special mention goes out to Elaine & Allan, The Squire of Mersey Morris, Liam, and Caradoc Thomas who briefly danced with us in the 90s!
Several more performances were given on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until our aching limbs said ‘No more please!’
Highlights were introducing our renovated Morris Hobby Horse that last saw action over thirty years ago, dancing for the Post Office People who specifically asked for Postmen’s Knock and a set at the Courtyard involving over 26 people trying to do Brighton Camp. Manic!
Friday night saw many of our people’s musical desires sated by Public Service Broadcasting and Kraftwerk.
Our performances got us noticed by more than just the average festival punter and we were asked to join in with a pantomime production given by the Circus of Truths performing The Transcendental Village Disco! We played a cameo part coming on for 60 seconds attempting to do Bonnie Green Garters to 5678 by Steps! It was an awesome performance, believe me, and smoke and strobes helped the effect no end!
Sunday was a bit of a wind down day but the Side were asked to perform at a wedding ceremony in the morning and this was done prior to a further session at the Courtyard.
Here are some pics of us performing. More will be posted in the coming days. Special thanks to our musicians Sian, Kev, & Di and to everyone who danced their legs off over this awesome event!
On Thursday 4th August we visited The King Arthur Hotel in Reynoldston, we had postponed our visit on 21st June as the side was laid low by Covid.
It was a beautiful summer evening and the pub was very busy. We eventually found a free table in the beer garden and prepared ourselves for a warm evening of dancing with some lovely Felinfoel Double Dragon.
A few of our regular dancers weren’t available this week so we had a slightly limited repertoire, we still managed to perform dances from the Adderbury, Badby, Bampton, Fieldtown and Lichfield traditions to an enthusiastic audience who ventured out of the pub and down from the beer garden.
We had plenty of volunteers who joined in with Brighton Camp (Adderbury), we danced this with 2 sets of 8 and most of the volunteers learnt the stick clashing really quickly, some of them also picked up the stepping straight away, they were all holiday-makers on Gower so, sadly, they are not potential recruits.
We had a visitor from Brackley morris who joined us for a dance, he’d checked out our itinerary on our website so hurray for the website. Unusually for someone in the morris world Keith didn’t know him and he didn’t know Keith.
Di and Kev rounded off the evening with a great tunes session outside, they were, however, unable to play any Red Hot Chili Peppers numbers or other requests from the locals.
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