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Good start to 2017

The New Year started well with the Morris on Tour NZ which was held in Wellington.  For some photos see – Photos.  A good time was had by all and although we only had five dancers and one musician we acquitted ourselves well with the help of some other Australians to make up the six.

We have danced at a few Residential Aged Care establishments this year.  The first was at Kimberley Care in February, then in June we danced at Castledare and City of Bayswater Hostel.

We also danced at five Festivals starting off with the Rockingham International Food Festival on 11th of March.  Heron Park Harmony Day Festival was next followed by the Guildford Heritage Festival – all in March.  Fairbridge Festival was in April – for Photos – see Fairbridge Photos.  In May there was Moondyne Festival which was enjoyed by all.  We also had a little dance out in Northbridge when a UK visitor (Nigel) came to call.

Happy New Year 2017

After a busy year last year which included four days of dancing at the National Folk Festival this year (2017) is already promising to be exciting.  We have started the year in Wellington doing the Morris on Tour NZ.  For some photos – see NZPhotos 

Busy October November for the Perth Morris Men

The year is ending with a flurry of activity.  October kicked off with involvement in a Ben Elton film “Three Summers”.  Then the following events occurred.

  • October 16 saw us returning to perform at a Government House Open Day after a few years in the wilderness.  It used to be a regular gig for a number of years then a change of Governor ended it for a while.  We received a very nice “Thank you” letter – see government-house-2016-thank-you
  • October 22 saw us performing at a Shakespeare Festival.  We performed with the Fair Maids of Perth and then joined Souleiado dancers back at Laurel de Vietri’s house for post performance refreshments.
  • October 29 was a performance at the British Auto Classic Extravaganza at El Caballo 
  • The following weekend (4th to 6th of November) was our annual Down South Tour where we visited Bush Shack Brewery, Eagle Bay Brewery and Caves House for dancing and drinking.  

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Busy time for the Perth Morris Men

Late March and the month of April through to early May was a busy time for us!  First of all we headed off to Canberra for the National Folk Festival at Easter – see Photos.  Then after we got back we had the following gigs:

  • Guildford Heritage Festival – 3rd of April – see GHF and for some photos – see Photos
  • Fairbridge Festival – 17th of April – see Fairbridge – see Photos
  • St George Day performance – 23rd of April – Duke Bar and Bistro – see Duke
  • St George’s Day performance – 24th of April – Sovereign Arms – see Sovereign – see Photos
  • Traditional May Day dancing at Dawn in Kings Park – for previous years – see Photos
  • Moondyne Festival – 1st of May – see Moondyne also see Program

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Health Benefits of dancing?

If you needed a good reason to come and join us how about this recent research from Western Sydney University’s School of Science and Health.  See – news for the ABC Report.  The main claim is that dancing lowers risk of heart disease for people aged over 40 who dance by almost 50%.

 

Forty Years of Morris Dancing

In 2014 we celebrated 40 years of Morris Dancing by having an Ale and also dancing in Hay Street (where the 1st dance out occurred back in March 1974).  In a preliminary planning meeting in 2013 leading up to the events of our 40th year, Dr Bill Parker kindly volunteered to put together a book to capture our history.  After a lot of work – here it is!

Merry Christmas (2015) and Happy New Year (2016)

The Perth Morris Men would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

It has been another big year for us and the highlight has got to be the England Tour (scroll down for details.) or click UK Tour.

On the home front we haven’t exactly been slack either dancing at Fairbridge Festival, Guildford Heritage Festival,  Moondyne Festival,  Mandurah Crab Festival, Zig Zag Festival and a couple of Best of British events as well as a St George’s Day function to name a few.

Click on picture below to enlarge.

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Perth Morris Men at Toodyay Moondyne Festival 2015

UK Tour – a great success

The recent UK Tour was a great experience for all concerned.  For  a brief overview see Event Itinerary.   For some photos – see UK Photos and for some videos – see UK Videos.  

Firstly we experienced great hospitality and a well run Ring meeting at Thaxted.  Some of the highlights of that weekend, as well as “dancing in” to gain full membership of the Morris Ring include performing the Offertory dance at Thaxted Church on the Sunday morning.  Refer to the Morris Ring’s Bagman’s Newsletter for more details of the weekend – see Newsletter No 95.  More reports about the weekend (& our involvement in it) can be found in the Morris Ring Circular No 72

After the Thaxted weekend our next stop was Nottingham where we danced with the Foresters Morris Men The weather for that evening may have been wet but we were warmly welcomed by our host.

Next (Morris) stop was Norwich where we danced with the Kemp’s Men outside the Cathedral and then outside the Ribs of Beef.

Next stop was Shere near Guildford where the Pilgrim Morris Men made us very welcome at the White Horse and also the William IV in Little London.

Finally it was off to Wrotham for the Hartley Ale and the Hartley Morris Men did an excellent job with the organisation of a great event.  As well as lots of good dancing the voices got a bit of exercise too culminating in a singing session in Penshurst Place.

Merry Christmas (2014) and a Happy New Year (2015)

The Perth Morris Men would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015.

It has been a huge 40th Anniversary Year for us.  Some of the highlights include a 40th Anniversary Dance with the Fair Maids of Perth and the Mad Tatters Morris in Hay Street in March, dancing as a display side in Canberra at Easter and holding a 40th Anniversary Ale in September.  As well as this there were other events such as the annual “Down South Tour”, Fairbridge Festival, Moondyne etc.

 

 

Perth Morris Men 40th Anniversary Ale – a big success

The 40th Anniversary Ale was a resounding success.  As can be seen from the picture above and following this hyperlink Ale  quite a few sides were represented.  Also see – Flyer_Forrest Place_Final

Before the Ale there were well wishes from other sides including this card from Nor’West Arch – see Happy Anniversary from_NWArch Also well wishes came from as far away as the Forrest of the Dean Morris Men (Thomas Mockford) – See Stein and from closer to home this card from the Mad Tatters Morris (a Perth Border side) – see Happy 40th from Mad Tatters Morris

Lots of good feedback was received and typical of the feedback is this one received from the Squire of the Australian Morris Ring (Tim Beckett)- see Tim’s_Feedback

To see what the Adelaide Morris Men thought of it – see Headline

For Bill Parker’s report on the Ale see –  What do you do when you are 40?

For some Photos – see Photos

There was a requirement to present Limericks at the Ale itself.  Neil, Marilla and 5 year old Lucy Cooper from Red Raven contributed the following:

And from Adelaide Morris Men – AMM_2014