Shrewsbury Morris have started 2024 with some excellent Thursday evening practices as well as weekend ‘Bootcamp’ sessions where we have worked on some fabulous new dances. We are now looking forward to dancing out throughout 2024 and have already posted our current programme of events for the season on the Diary page. There will be more to come but it is already looking like an exciting programme. Do come along and see us at some of these events and don’t forget to wander over to say hi – we don’t bite!
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BEFORE 21st OCTOBER! – When it’s gone, it’s gone…
We are delighted to announce that we will be dancing at various locations across the line throughout the day along with several other Midlands-based Morris sides. There is even the prospect of passengers being entertained in some way while travelling between stations!
See you there!
Our next stop was the Next Generation Fair held in a positively tropical Craven Arms.
This was a lovingly put together event whose charm deserved a few more people to attend. Maybe next year?
A pretty big Shrewsbury Morris team did a good job in the sun and all four facets of the team, (Mixed, Clog, Lasses and Men) had fun over two spots. The odd football or bike sometimes wafted into the dance space but these were neatly side-stepped by some fancy footwork.
The music was great as always and some of the smaller members of the crowd seemed to enjoy “joining in” from the side-lines too.
The sunniest and warmest Monday of the early May Bank Holiday weekend saw us dance at Perton in Staffordshire for their carnival.
(Whomever said ” the sun always shines on Morris dancing” was absolutely right) It was our second year at the carnival and again, large and generous crowds came out to watch and support us on May Day. Placing us next to the huge Bratwurst stall may have been a mistake but the team managed it, concentrating on the dancing admirably. We danced three separate spots and it looks as though the Winter training and hard work is indeed paying off. Next stop Malpas and the Coronation weekend!
2023 dancing got off to a splendid start with the annual re-enaction of the ‘spat’ between the Dragon and St George which, legend has it, took place in Shropshire’s very own Newport. We were all relieved to see that St George was successful and the Dragon was very definitely slain!
We turned out in full regalia and were delighted to show a range from our repertoire of Mixed, Clog, Lasses and Men’s dances.
Despite prophecies of doom from the Met. Office the weather was kind to us and a wonderful (dry) time was had by all. Unbeknownst to those spectating, this was the first public dance out for two of our number so huge congratulations go to Jacqui and Rebecca for an excellent start to their Morris Dancing careers.
Credit is also due to our intrepid band of wonderful musicians for keeping us in time as well as to how light the men seem to have become over the winter in order to be able to float serenely in the air!!!
Our brave and intrepid visitors contributed enthusiastically to an excellent evening of fun and instruction during which they were introduced to a ‘potted’ history of Shrewsbury Morris and its several parts following which they went on to learn, and perform, 3 dances – with great aplomb!! Well done to you all, please come back for more of the same!
It seemed only right that they should be rewarded with a generous offering of cake!!
It had been a long time since Shrewsbury Morris Dancers had danced for The Shrewsbury Flower Show but the years were rolled (or should that be danced?) back on the 13th August, 2022 as the team, many of whom had been in that previous Morris incarnation, took their place in Quarry Park, just across the river from the Pengwern Rowing Clubhouse (a former training venue for the team).
On yet another hottest day of the century, Shrewsbury Lasses, Shrewsbury Bull and Pump Morris Men and Shrewsbury Clog danced their way through two 45 minute spots in front of enthusiastic and appreciative audiences, interspersed with copious water swigging, liberal applications of sun cream and much towelling down!
A large part of the team repertoire was danced, giving the crowd a good and interesting example of what we can do. A great deal of interest was generated and many very positive comments were heard. All in all a super day, a fabulous effort by all team members in very hot circumstances and, most importantly, a sense of humour was maintained by everyone.
Now, where did I put that sunburn treatment?…….