Chippy Martin Getting his Collar Felt
Northgate are once again planning to risk their freedom by appearing in the pubs of Bath next Wednesday, despite the increasing likelihood of being grabbed by the fuzz as they dance.
Following the shenanigans of our last crawl, it is believed that notorious thief “Chippy Martin” will be present which will only serve to heighten tensions between the team and the local constabulary.
We can only hope they don’t track us down until we’ve finished our exhilarating examples of dancing derring-do.
If you are a fan of grown men playing with swords, or even of watching potatoes being pilfered, come along and join us. We’re starting in The Bell on Walcot Street on Wednesday the 5th March at 8 o’clock.
And please, bring along a cake with a file in it.
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A miscreant caught mid-crime
We here in CSI Bath take sword-dancing pub crawls very seriously indeed and always follow up any allegations of theft during such dances. It was been brought to our attention that Northgate Rapper intended to commit a crawl last Wednesday and that furthermore one of their number PLANNED TO STEAL A CHIP during a dance.
Naturally, we put our best investigator on the case and she caught the egregious act on camera. The evidence is irrefutable and the perpetrator will be punished.
If you’d like to see this vicious retribution, join us for practice tonight. See Facebook for details. Just keep an eye on your chips.
Yes, the boys from Bath are heading into our home town for a wet winter’s wander around the beautiful bits of Bath. We start at the Bath Brew House at 8pm, after which we will travel who knows where*?
(*) Brian does, because he’s arranged this. For the rest of us, it’ll be a lovely surprise.
Keep an eye on Twitter @northgaterapper for details.
A cracking practice last night!
Lots of tumbles, 7 dancers but sadly no Henry.
We enlisted Edwin’s new iphone app, called SloPro, to video the dance in slow motion. This worked a treat, even with Jack’s Luddite tendencies.
The video was then played back and shows areas for improvement. The rapper sword dance is performed at at least 160 bpm and small mistakes or “out of positions” can’t be easily seen.
Check out Northgate’s SloPro tumble below!
It’s coming up to Wednesday so it’s time for all good men and true to come to the aid of the team.
Practice is at 8pm at the normal place in Bath. If you fancy coming along, drop us a note (Facebook is pretty good for this).
We’ll even supply the swords. Minecraft equipment not required.
Look, we’ve had quite enough time off, sitting in pubs drinking silly amounts of beer and whisky. eating peanuts and unexpected cake, and on the whole not dancing very much. It’s time for that to change.
Oh yes, Northgate are back with a vengeance (or at least with a post-Christmas beer gut) and will be practising on Wednesday 8th January in St John’s Church Hall near Cleveland Bridge in the beautiful Georgian City of Bath.
And what better way to start the new year than by sticking to your resolution of dancing with Blades of Death?
What a year it’s been for Northgate! Old friends moving away, new people joining, and many crawls, festivals and bookings. Perhaps it’s time for us to take stock of all the changes and maybe shed a tear over those that we will no longer see every week. What a wonderfully melancholic end to the year that would be.
Or… we could crack open a couple of bottles of the delightful St Bernardus Christmas beer and not give a second thought to that maudlin crap.
Yep. That’s seems a better option. I think we’ll go with that.
Happy New Year!
Back in the olden days (2003 to be precise) we were invited by Boerke Naas Folk Group to visit them in the delightful town of St Niklaas in Belgium, and what a splendid time we had. Only a few photos exist of this visit, but one does capture the moment we danced behind the counter in a butcher’s shop. Why? Because the mortuary was closed, of course. This is true.
Just out of shot it the sign saying, “Zwaard Dansers €10/Kg” which ensured careful dancing. Luckily, no one was hurt apart from Mike who lost his penis in the meat slicer.
The chaps in their youth
Many years ago, we were invited to dance at the anniversary celebrations of the old Tin Church in Bailbrook Lane, Bath. Even Radio 4 came along to capture the moment, which was nice.
Going through the photos on a cold, winter’s eve, we noticed that the occupants of the church took umbrage at our dancing and quickly rushed out onto the roof to paint a message to us. Obviously we ignored it and danced on regardless.
Nevertheless, here are Northgate captured forever in their youth. Weren’t they lovely back then?
The chaps on tour: day two in Oxford
The chaps took a weekend tour in Oxford at the beginning of December and had a marvellous time. Many thanks to the splendid Mabel Gubbins for looking after us and to the pubs of Jericho and the town centre for being so very welcoming.
But why do they all look so glad to have reached the end of the dance?
DID SOMETHING GO A LITTLE WRONG? (yes it did)