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
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%.
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!
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.
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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
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.
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.
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
On Wednesday 12th of March, 2014 we had a couple of visitors. Thomas Mockford of Forest of Dean Morris Men and Anne attended practice. Thomas taught us a dance and we taught him one of ours.
During the evening because this year is our 40th Anniversary Thomas presented our Squire with a collectors item – a stein that was made for the 40 year Forest of Dean Morris Festival. A card was also presented from the Forest of Dean.
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We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
It has been a reasonably busy year for the Perth Morris Men and by the time the year is over we will have danced in public on fifteen occasions in WA as well as two interstate events. The National Folk Festival at Easter as a “busking” side and the following weekend in Adelaide as guests of the Adelaide Morris Men at the English Morris Ring meeting. This is how our year unfolded:
- “Down South Tour” – Australia Day long weekend – visited Bush Shack, Duckstein, Cowaramup & Colonial Breweries
- Perth Medieval Fayre – 16th of March
- Guildford Heritage Festival – 24th of March
- National Folk Festival – Canberra – Easter
- Morris Ring Meeting – Adelaide – 5th to 7th of April
- Gloucester Park – Best of British – 19th of April
- Sovereign Arms – St George’s Day – 21st of April
- Woodvale Tavern – St George’s Day – 23rd of April
- Fairbridge Festival – 27th of April
- May Day in Kings Park
- St Ives Aged Care Murdoch – 17th of July
- Gracewood RACF – 31st of July
- Little Creatures Beer Launch – 12th of September
- Fund Raising Sausage Sizzles at Bunning’s Claremont on 6th of October and 9th of November
- Combined Covens Social Club – 13th of October
- Zig Zag Festival – 27th of October
- Growers Green Farmers Markets – 1st of December
So it is time to relax and put our dancing feet up to recover ready for next year which may be equally busy as we celebrate our 40th year!
All the best for the season from the Perth Morris Men
The Perth Morris Men were recently visited by Alan Whitbread who is a member of the Shakespeare Morris Men. Alan is also a Shanty singer and will be attending the National Folk Festival as a performer and also the Morris Ring Meeting in Adelaide.
To find out more about the Shakespeare Morris Men see http://www.shakespearemorris.org.uk/ and for more about Alan see http://www.alanwhitbread.co.uk/ and for his Shanty Crew see http://www.sharpasrazors.com/