We danced out at the Piazza on Thursday and encouragingly, there was a crowd of people to watch, a tide that was well high giving good views of Swansea Bay, and grey clouds that whilst threatening rain, actually didn’t!
We kicked off with Country Gardens Fieldtown, and progressed through a long set that included Vandals, Y Caseg Eira, Postman’s Knock amongst other mainly Adderbury, Bampton, and Fieldtown dances.
A couple from Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rodens Tuppeny Dish introduced themselves to us, and I had a lovely chat with a lady who claimed that she had seen similar dancing done in Libya, where short sticks were used and white shirts and trousers worn by the dancers. At that point she excitedly pointed out our dance of Constant Billy Headington, saying ‘They dance just like that!’ So good to have that discussion.
We were also visited by long term member Jonathan Baker who was home for a short while after Sidmouth Festival. Good to see you Jon!
Twilight at 9pm determined a visit to the pub for most and it looks like our Thursday dancing out gigs will soon be over for another year, although hopefully we may squeeze another few gigs in, if the weather is kind!
Text & Photos by Paul Tarrant with assistance from Stewart Wright.
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