Learn a jig in the style of Longborough, open to all! - Sunday 22nd of March

The fifth Knights of King Ina jig workshop will be held on 22 March 2015 and will be for progressors interested in the construction of a jig from set dance elements that can be used for solo and duet dances

It will be a practical day, leaving participants with a dance that they can continue practicing, ready to perform during the summer dance out season. The morning will focus on teaching the Longborough tradition and style as a prelude to the afternoon, where we will be learning and formulating a jig for performing.

It takes both a dancer and a musician to create a good jig, so while the workshop is primarily aimed at dancers, musicians are very welcome to come and play as well as pick up advice for playing for jigs from the Knights’ musicians.

We will be presenting:
· Longborough style information from collected sources
· Jig elements and typical construction
· Set dance elements interpreted to use in a jig dance
· Ideas on presenting and holding audience interest from observation and original work

When: Sunday 22 March 2015 from 10am to 4.30pm (tea and coffee from 9.30am)
Where: Meadway Hall, Ham Lane, Compton Dundon, Somerton, Somerset TA11 6PQ. Mao ref: https://goo.gl/maps/rLMiy
How much: £10 per attendee to include coffee, tea, biscuits and cake.
What you need to bring: Lunch, beer/cider etc., hankies and suitable shoes
Contact: Andrew Knight, Coombedene, Combe Hill, Keinton Mandeville, TA11 6DY. Tel: 01458 223 300. Email: squire@koki.org.uk

Melodeon Playgroup 3 - 21st of February

This is an informal and co-operative gathering of melodeon players from complete novices to intermediate and more confident players. Primarily D/G but we're broad minded.

It will be held at the 15th C barn of the equally old and Morris-friendly Fleece Inn, Bretforton (near Evesham), not just for Morris but there will be lots of Morris people there (including the organisers!).

Date is Sat 21st Feb for the main event, but things will be happening Fri evening to Sun lunchtime.

There will be three threads of workshops in two groups, beginners and intermediate melodeon, plus shared basic melodeon maintenance and basic ABC notation. Apart from helping people to build confidence, it's a social event to meet other beginner box players (in some instances, for the first time).

It's a one day event, with sessions the night before and the Sat night, aiming to include even beginners. Anyone staying overnight gets the chance to play for a NW side (or just watch them), Belle D'Vain on Sunday lunchtime.

The details are at: https://melodeonplaygroup.wordpress.com/ or search on Facebook or melodeon.net.

Booking is not required (although we'd welcome a nod to help with planning), cost depends on turnout (it's non-profit so we divvy up the costs) but around £10-£15 most likely. The pub serves nice food and an excellent range of ales and cider. Pub has camping with hookups or loads of hotels/B&B/camping locally.


Morris Musician's workshops open to all!


I'm delighted to inform you that we shall be running another series of Morris Musician's Workshops this autumn.
Commencing Wednesday 1 st October, we shall be meeting in the upstairs room of
the Three Horseshoes, Baldock Lane, Willian SG6 2AE from 8.00 - 10.00pm Sessions cost £2.00 per person, and once again we will explore, by discussion,
example and sheet music, not only how to turn a tune into a Morris tune, but the role of musicians in any side.

We do hope you will be able to join us! Further planned dates are 5 th November and 3 rd December.

Theo Thomas
Letchworth Morris Men
07702 339702

The Great Caper Morris is looking for tutors

The Great Caper (www.thegreatcaper.co.uk) currently has space for new trainee tutors.
You need to have a youthful image, be available during weekdays and have,
or be willing to apply for, a DBS (CRB) document.
If you have a background in traditional English dance and customs that is useful,
but don't worry if you haven't as if we think you will fit in to the Great Caper team we can train you.
Workshops can be anywhere in the country but are mostly in the South, South West and Midlands.

To find out more please contact tel/text Kim on 07813 346819 / 0117 9401566
or email greatcapermorris@aol.com