Dances!

We'd not be a dance team, without dances
So here is what we're up to

Over time (meaning during the time we were Island Thyme Morris - Mens Side) we've learnt, and borrowed a number, and written one. More recently (since 2006 as Quicksbottom Morris) we've written more, borrowed and even been "given" some. Shared, and "given" some too.

One may work out a dance another side does, snarfing the details from watching them, or watching an on-line or shot video. One may find dance directions shared outright on a web site, or have it mailed to one.

What is really fun is when those dancers and musos in another side say, "Here, we like you, try this dance of ours/we know." That's really fun, and more than somewhat special.

Welsh Border Morris

We dance Welsh Border style Morris. Arguably a revival style, certainly a revival tradition. It appears any records of the style were somewhat sketchy, so beyond the work on the Pershore tradition it's difficult to pin down what "was done". Somewhat like saying, "the science is not in on this", and may never be.

However it may as easily be the case that the folk song, music and dance collectors were generally dismissive of the form, couldn't make it fit with the Cotswold style and traditions, or didn't find enough (living) sources or events, so the material didn't get noticed, found, discerned, recorded or saved. At any rate, the form has evolved with added complexity,  variety and possibly energy, to make in our eyes a satisfying, contemporary performance. Our tradition.

Our Repertoire . . .

. . is somewhat free range, and in spite of the advent of modern communications is seemingly affected by us being island denizens who "don't get out much". (sniff)

We have a number of dances we regularly perform (below), and some that are not currently in the repertoire (*). A few of those may return.

Many (Welsh) Border Morris dances seem to be for sets of four dancers, which was to our advantage once as a smaller team.

For 2015/2016

Three Dancers

East Acton Stick Dance - John Cleese (kid you not) - often as an audience participation piece in multiple lines of three when out with Island Thyme ("their" dance)

Tinners Rabbit - . North American variant, Vancouver Island semi-standardised version

Four Dancers

Black Pig

Drowsy Maggie (Ockington to others) - long sticks, so we needn't bend as much ;)

Duntze Head - home grown, yet modified still. Has an "explosion" of a Bombast figure, which one would hope is not the Naval Magazine, now thankfully much further away than the next harbour over

Four Lane End

Mr. Dolly - Andy Anderson. Significantly evolved from the original design

Much Wenlock 3.0 - not the one VMM does, or the one VMM and Drumbeggar do. The other one. We were shown this most successfully by STC ("P on the floor!" Lovely)

Ockington Stick dance (source finally found as Leominster Morris Men's, "Tom Postan's Stick Dance")(see Drowsy Maggie for more confusion)

Peopleton Hanky Dance*

Peopleton Stick Dance*

Ragged Crow

Speed The Plough - Country dance rip off - often as an audience participation piece in longways of multiple fours. We can teach this to Masai warriors, and spool children. We can teach you, get up here!

Titterstone Clee - Andy Anderson, of his pieces the one we dance closest to as-writ

WeBeQB (aka "Alan's Revenge") - Alan Wilson, QBM. A most dangerous looking piece of work

Five Dancers

Five In A Bed - Andy Anderson. Mild unintended changes from the original

Twiglet - Planet Morris, 1995

Six Dancers

Blackened Face and Stick - Trevor Hancock, QBM

Sharpe's Rattle - Trevor Hancock, QBM

Three Jolly Black Sheepskins

Eight Dancers

Speed Bums - first dance writ as QBM. Workshopped in one night by all nine members January 2006

"STC"  - Sharon of Stone The Crows. From Sharon & STC, England Tour 2014

Woodhouse Bog/Boghouse Door -  From RR, England Tour 2014

Worcestershire Monkey - Wicket Brood. From Wytchwood Morris, England Tour 2014