About uz

Quicksbottom, or QBM, or QM,
even QB!

Here you will find information on Border Morris, our kit, origins, name & weekly practise

Border Morris

We dance Border Morris, a tradition and style which comes from villages in the English counties (such as Shropshire, Herefordshire) along the Welsh border. This is quite a different tradition from the Cotswold Morris, which is what many people think of when (or if) they think of Morris dancingShropshire Bedlam Border Morris wildly dancing in Shropshire

Morris dancing is an ancient tradition, but it is also a living one - so many of our dances are modern re-creations or interpretations. This is particularly so for Border Morris, which was much less available to the folklorists who collected Morris dancing in the early 20th century. By then, the tradition even in the Cotswold hills was almost gone, and in the Border tradition, only a dozen or so dances were recorded and preserved

While Cotswold Morris was revived early in the 20th century, the Border Morris revival really did not happen until the 1970s, led by sides called Old Wonder Not-For-Joes and Silurian Border Morrismen, and later the Shropshire Bedlams (above) (see also John Kirkpatrick). So we, like other Border sides, dance a mixture of old dances, borrowed new dances and our own new dances. But the style, the spirit and the attitude are pure (revival) Border!

Our kit

Quicksbottom Morris in kitOur kit at least is fairly traditional - rag shirts, over black shirts and trousers, top-hats many with feathers - and a blackened face

We use short or long sticks in all our dances, though have had one or two hankie dances in the past

The black face is a disguise - if you lived in a small village in the 18th or 19th century and were out carousing and asking for money and generally being a bit loud and obnoxious, you wouldn’t want everyone to know who you are, and a blackened face is a cheap and effective disguise

Our origins

QBM dancing in Beacon Hill parkQuicksbottom Morris grew out of what was the men’s side of Island Thyme Morris, then a Joint side (not mixed, however a women's side and a men's side in the same Morris). We were mostly referred to as IT Not-For-Joes. We left Island Thyme after Christmas 2004

Not-For-Joe is the name of a song and dance (well, several actually) known to be commonly done by morris dancers living in the region of the border between England and Wales (Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire). So familiar is Not-For-Joe that morris dancing in the region is sometimes referred to as 'Not-For-Joeing' (or nofojoein'). The men's side of Island Thyme chose this tag to distinguish themselves from the women's side and to emphasize the fact that they specialized in the Border Morris tradition

Why ‘Quicksbottom’?

In a nutshell, we just liked the name. One of our side noticed the sign for the current park of that name on the way to practise. We removed the space between the two words to make one when we took it in January 2006

Throughout 2005 we'd been casting about looking for a name with a comfortable, geographical and cultural tie to the area in which we live, practise and perform

Quicks Bottom is a well-established local name, referring to an 8+ hectare marshy area or bottom land (now a park) along the Colquitz River valley in Saanich, B.C. (part of the Capital Regional District that most visitors take as all being Victoria.) This freshwater marsh was once part of the dairy farm owned by the brothers Quick, William John and Frederick George – hence originally Quick’s Bottom. They had arrived from New Zealand in 1889, and eventually had the largest herd of pure-bred Jersey dairy cows on Vancouver Island

You can find it mapped on-line if you are a real keener!

Here is the listing at GeoBC a place one may look up BC place names

While a most correct abbreviation might be QM we tend to use QBM a lot and in one dance we're QB ("WeBeQB", a deadly piece.) So pick anything you like to associate with us. We receive mail from dear Morris friends ("Dear QBs"), so there you go

To hell with consistency

Practise

It may not look much like a performance, however you may watch & listen, give the dance a try, talk to the musos, come to the pub. New dancers and musos always welcome to have a look in

Wednesday evenings

Autumn/Winter/Early spring we're in the View Royal Community Association hall, corner of Beaumont and the Island Highway, in View Royal, BC. It's handy to the Four Mile Pub (an item listed closely after a wooden floor in the selection criteria for our new venue)


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Practise is 1915 - 2045 (7:15 - 8:45 p.m.) until we change it to something else

Feel free to drop by and see what it's like

If you wish to confirm location or speak to someone first, give one of our folks a call, or write

In the summer find us in some park 1915 (7:15 p.m.) to Whenever. Whenever it gets cold, whenever it gets wet, whenever it gets dark, or whenever we get thirsty, or whenever our brains are full

Exceptions are when we are oot and aboot at a Dance Out, often a summer market, or simply performing in a downtown (13 municipalities makes for fun pickings!)

See our schedule (if it's up to date) or write/call