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 learnt, and borrowed a number, broke others, and wrote 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, possibly viewing it as too "rude", base or rustic. They may not have been able to make it "fit" (for themselves) with the Cotswold style and traditions, or didn't find enough (living) sources or events. So much of the material may not have been 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. Most dances we were offered on our 2014 England Tour seemed to be for eight.

For 2017/2018

Three Dancers

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

Tinners Rabbit - Gozzer (Martin Gosling), of Grimspound Border Morris. North American variant, Vancouver Island semi-standardised version, with QBM Full Hey variant for six, nine or twelve dancers

Four Dancers

Black Pig

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

Duntze Head - home grown, yet modified still - ITM Mens Side (aka Not-For-Joes)(us, in an earlier liff.) Has an "explosion" of a Shrapnel figure, which one would hope is not the Naval Magazine going up. Now thankfully much further away from us than the next harbour over!

Four Lane End - John Kirkpatrick, Shropshire Bedlams

Mr. DollyAndy Anderson. Significantly evolved from the original design. Sorry

Much Wenlock 3.0 - not the one VMM does, or the Other one VMM and Drumbeggar do. A different Other One. We were shown this most successfully by Stone the Crows ("P on the floor!" Lovely)

Ockington Stick dance (source finally found/confirmed a few years ago by Ewen as "Tom Postan's Stick Dance" from Leominster Morris.) (see Drowsy Maggie for yet more confusion)

Peopleton Hanky Dance*

Peopleton Stick Dance*

Ragged Crow

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

Titterstone CleeAndy 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. Seemingly a North American variant

Six Dancers

Blackened Face and Stick - Trevor Hancock, QBM

Sharpe's Rattle - Trevor Hancock, QBM

Three Jolly Black Sheepskins - John Kirkpatrick, Shropshire Bedlams

Eight Dancers

Speed Bums - first dance writ as QBM. Workshopped in one night by all nine dancer and two muso members we had at the time. January 2006

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

Woodhouse Bog (aka Boghouse Door) - by Ironmen Morris. From Ryknild Rabble Morris, England Tour 2014

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