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A TRADITIONAL MORRIS DANCE

Whilst, given the lack of sun and warmth, you could be forgiven for thinking we were in March rather than May, the spring blooms, blossom, lengthening  of the days and the re-appearance of the Morris Dancers prove otherwise. I was especially fortunate therefore to be joined by TONY MOTLEY from Billericay’s very own Morris Dancing Side – THE Mayflower MorrisMen.

Tony explained what Morris Dancing was all about, outlined the history of the custom, such as is known, and explained how one man – Cecil Sharp – took steps to revive the practice which by 1899, had all but vanished from the English countryside. Cecil Sharp toured many Cotswold villages in order to obtain details of the different dances being performed, as these vary from area to area. He then published his first book in 1907 detailing what he had discovered. A second book followed in 1910 and these publications now form a kind of recipe book detailing all the different dances and the accompanying music, which is used today by many of the sides practicing the custom in England today.

Naturally at this time of year many events are being planned and the MorrisMen can be seen performing next at the Red Lion in Margaretting on the 10th May and at the Generals Arms at Little Baddow next Saturday at 2pm. One of the biggest events though, will be taking place in the Square in Thaxted at 5pm on the 9th June. Full details can be found by going to the website www.mayflowermorris.com.

Whilst September is the best time for anyone interested to join a side, there is no reason to hold back until then. The Billericay side meets at 8pm every Thursday evening at the Mary Magdalene Church in Billericay High Street. You can also call the bagman,  Geoff Douglas on 01245 345922.

You can listen again to my chat with Tony here: – [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Tony-Motley-Interview.mp3|titles=Tony Motley Interview]

Frances Clamp joined me in the second hour of today’s extended show to talk about Brentwood’s Chess Club which was founded in 1932. My discussion with Frances can be heard here: – [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Mayday-Bygones.mp3|titles=Mayday Bygones]

I’m off on my hols next week but Bob Simpson has kindly agreed to step into my shoes at which time Frances will be going way back to Neolithic times to talk about the Neolithic settlement which was discovered near Nevendon in 2009. So make a point of joining Bob next Tuesday at 2 and/or Saturday at 12 noon.

I’ll see you in a couple of weeks, meantime look after yourself.

All the best,

Scott

 

 

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A TRADITIONAL MORRIS DANCE

Whilst, given the lack of sun and warmth, you could be forgiven for thinking we were in March rather than May, the spring blooms, blossom, lengthening  of the days and the re-appearance of the Morris Dancers prove otherwise. I was especially fortunate therefore to be joined by TONY MOTLEY from Billericay’s very own Morris Dancing Side – THE Mayflower MorrisMen.

Tony explained what Morris Dancing was all about, outlined the history of the custom, such as is known, and explained how one man – Cecil Sharp – took steps to revive the practice which by 1899, had all but vanished from the English countryside. Cecil Sharp toured many Cotswold villages in order to obtain details of the different dances being performed, as these vary from area to area. He then published his first book in 1907 detailing what he had discovered. A second book followed in 1910 and these publications now form a kind of recipe book detailing all the different dances and the accompanying music, which is used today by many of the sides practicing the custom in England today.

Naturally at this time of year many events are being planned and the MorrisMen can be seen performing next at the Red Lion in Margaretting on the 10th May and at the Generals Arms at Little Baddow next Saturday at 2pm. One of the biggest events though, will be taking place in the Square in Thaxted at 5pm on the 9th June. Full details can be found by going to the website www.mayflowermorris.com.

Whilst September is the best time for anyone interested to join a side, there is no reason to hold back until then. The Billericay side meets at 8pm every Thursday evening at the Mary Magdalene Church in Billericay High Street. You can also call the bagman,  Geoff Douglas on 01245 345922.

You can listen again to my chat with Tony here: – [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Tony-Motley-Interview.mp3|titles=Tony Motley Interview]

Frances Clamp joined me in the second hour of today’s extended show to talk about Brentwood’s Chess Club which was founded in 1932. My discussion with Frances can be heard here: – [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Mayday-Bygones.mp3|titles=Mayday Bygones]

I’m off on my hols next week but Bob Simpson has kindly agreed to step into my shoes at which time Frances will be going way back to Neolithic times to talk about the Neolithic settlement which was discovered near Nevendon in 2009. So make a point of joining Bob next Tuesday at 2 and/or Saturday at 12 noon.

I’ll see you in a couple of weeks, meantime look after yourself.

All the best,

Scott

 

 

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A TRADITIONAL MORRIS DANCE

Whilst, given the lack of sun and warmth, you could be forgiven for thinking we were in March rather than May, the spring blooms, blossom, lengthening  of the days and the re-appearance of the Morris Dancers prove otherwise. I was especially fortunate therefore to be joined by TONY MOTLEY from Billericay’s very own Morris Dancing Side – THE Mayflower MorrisMen.

Tony explained what Morris Dancing was all about, outlined the history of the custom, such as is known, and explained how one man – Cecil Sharp – took steps to revive the practice which by 1899, had all but vanished from the English countryside. Cecil Sharp toured many Cotswold villages in order to obtain details of the different dances being performed, as these vary from area to area. He then published his first book in 1907 detailing what he had discovered. A second book followed in 1910 and these publications now form a kind of recipe book detailing all the different dances and the accompanying music, which is used today by many of the sides practicing the custom in England today.

Naturally at this time of year many events are being planned and the MorrisMen can be seen performing next at the Red Lion in Margaretting on the 10th May and at the Generals Arms at Little Baddow next Saturday at 2pm. One of the biggest events though, will be taking place in the Square in Thaxted at 5pm on the 9th June. Full details can be found by going to the website www.mayflowermorris.com.

Whilst September is the best time for anyone interested to join a side, there is no reason to hold back until then. The Billericay side meets at 8pm every Thursday evening at the Mary Magdalene Church in Billericay High Street. You can also call the bagman,  Geoff Douglas on 01245 345922.

You can listen again to my chat with Tony here: – [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Tony-Motley-Interview.mp3|titles=Tony Motley Interview]

Frances Clamp joined me in the second hour of today’s extended show to talk about Brentwood’s Chess Club which was founded in 1932. My discussion with Frances can be heard here: – [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Mayday-Bygones.mp3|titles=Mayday Bygones]

I’m off on my hols next week but Bob Simpson has kindly agreed to step into my shoes at which time Frances will be going way back to Neolithic times to talk about the Neolithic settlement which was discovered near Nevendon in 2009. So make a point of joining Bob next Tuesday at 2 and/or Saturday at 12 noon.

I’ll see you in a couple of weeks, meantime look after yourself.

All the best,

Scott

 

 

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A TRADITIONAL MORRIS DANCE

Whilst, given the lack of sun and warmth, you could be forgiven for thinking we were in March rather than May, the spring blooms, blossom, lengthening  of the days and the re-appearance of the Morris Dancers prove otherwise. I was especially fortunate therefore to be joined by TONY MOTLEY from Billericay’s very own Morris Dancing Side – THE Mayflower MorrisMen.

Tony explained what Morris Dancing was all about, outlined the history of the custom, such as is known, and explained how one man – Cecil Sharp – took steps to revive the practice which by 1899, had all but vanished from the English countryside. Cecil Sharp toured many Cotswold villages in order to obtain details of the different dances being performed, as these vary from area to area. He then published his first book in 1907 detailing what he had discovered. A second book followed in 1910 and these publications now form a kind of recipe book detailing all the different dances and the accompanying music, which is used today by many of the sides practicing the custom in England today.

Naturally at this time of year many events are being planned and the MorrisMen can be seen performing next at the Red Lion in Margaretting on the 10th May and at the Generals Arms at Little Baddow next Saturday at 2pm. One of the biggest events though, will be taking place in the Square in Thaxted at 5pm on the 9th June. Full details can be found by going to the website www.mayflowermorris.com.

Whilst September is the best time for anyone interested to join a side, there is no reason to hold back until then. The Billericay side meets at 8pm every Thursday evening at the Mary Magdalene Church in Billericay High Street. You can also call the bagman,  Geoff Douglas on 01245 345922.

You can listen again to my chat with Tony here: – [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Tony-Motley-Interview.mp3|titles=Tony Motley Interview]

Frances Clamp joined me in the second hour of today’s extended show to talk about Brentwood’s Chess Club which was founded in 1932. My discussion with Frances can be heard here: – [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Mayday-Bygones.mp3|titles=Mayday Bygones]

I’m off on my hols next week but Bob Simpson has kindly agreed to step into my shoes at which time Frances will be going way back to Neolithic times to talk about the Neolithic settlement which was discovered near Nevendon in 2009. So make a point of joining Bob next Tuesday at 2 and/or Saturday at 12 noon.

I’ll see you in a couple of weeks, meantime look after yourself.

All the best,

Scott

 

 

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