Northgate demo potential new kit

New kit

Handsome models show off proposed new kit

After many years of dancing in our trademark green hoggers and gold sashes, Northgate are considering a new look.

We see here one of the proposals in a restful lilac colour along with the traditional sword dancing tank tops and folk ties, which shows a forward-looking formality with a knowing nod to our history.

It is modelled by Martin along with his younger helper but, as you may be able to see if you look very closely, it is not a current photo.

Oh yes, and we’re practising this Wednesday in Bath. Find us on Facebook for details.

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Northgate memories of Glastonbury

It’s nice to see rapper appearing at Glastonbury as part of the Demon Barbers show, and if you’re going, make sure you see them! Even the BBC are recommending them. However, they’re not the first rapper team to appear at the festival.

Dancing on the Bandstand Stage

Northgate on the Bandstand Stage

Way back in 1998, Northgate were invited to appear and, despite the fact that Martin’s daughter was but three days old, we duly pitched up and did ourselves proud on the Bandstand Stage and elsewhere, albeit having to dance in wellies due to the flooding.

We were memorably rewarded by Julian Temperley himself with hot, spiced cider before our rather exciting exit, which involved Ron and Martin on the bonnet of a borrowed car, holding on for dear life and weighing down the wheels as Ashley reversed us at ludicrous speeds across fields of liquid mud, overtaking the lesser 4x4s as they spun their wheels in muddy futility, sinking deeper into the ground with each attempt.

A dodgy lock in a festival bar. We'd been there a while...

A pretty dodgy lock in a festival bar. We’d been there a while by now

We went back the next couple of years too, and jolly good fun it was too as we moved between the bars and stages, dancing wherever the fancy took us.

So good luck to the Demon Barbers. Get rapper into a Metallica mosh pit and you will be heroes to us all.


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Northgate return from early summer holidays

Northgate return from a well-earned rest

Northgate return from a well-earned rest

Yes indeed, Northgate are back!

We’ve been on a well-earned but unplanned break due to early summer holidays and people swanning off to foreign climes. Like London.

And so we rise once more and, rubbing the sleep from our eyes and scrubbing the dirt from under our fingernails, we return to our regular Wednesday practices in Bath at 8pm.

Contact us through Facebook if you’re man enough to join in!

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Northgate dolls to be made available

Top quality CGI rendition of Little Dave

Top quality CGI rendition of Little Dave

Not that sort of doll. The prototype Inflatable Sword Dancer never really worked, so don’t get your hopes up.

No, what we’re talking about now is an initiative by the splendid Museum of British Folklore who are creating a collection of figures representing morris and sword sides from across the country. They send out naked figures, the sides dress them in their kit and send them back. Rumour has it that our little figure (let’s call him Little Dave) will be posted out very soon indeed, so it’s time to break out the sewing kits and get seamstressing.

If you’d like to see the real thing and not just some toyish substitute, get down to our weekly practices. See us on Facebook for more details.

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Northgate sell out to advertising: Kerr and Fagan in a pub!

Royal Oak FolkWe don’t normally do adverts but our favourite musical duo, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, are headlining a splendid day of music at the Royal Oak in Bath. As well as them, there’s a superb lineup ranging from Gren Bartley to our very own Tim Graham.

How can you resist?

You can’t.

It all kicks off at half past three this afternoon and runs right through until closing time. See you there!

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Northgate practice to be inspired by Some History

Martin discovers Some History

It is often said that we should all live in the moment, treat every second as if it were our last and look forward, not back. However, this is misguided and would remove the opportunity to find inspiration in Some History.

Recently, Martin discovered Some History. The moment is captured forever in this picture where we can all clearly see the inspiration which has overcome him.

And the whole team has been inspired by this and we will redouble our efforts at this Wednesday’s practice. Come along and see not only Some History, but also The Future. Find us at St John’s Church Hall in Bath at 8pm.




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Northgate consider blood donation as “a loan”

give bloodIn a stunning turn of events, Northgate Rapper have admitted that they consider blood donation as nothing more than a loan.

A spokesman for the team said, “With sword dancing there’s always the chance of the odd cut, so we bank our blood in advance and make withdrawals as we need them. It’s not as cynical as it sounds: we’re currently several units in credit. Probably.”

A made-up source within NHS Blood and Transplant commented, “This is not unusual with groups in high-risk occupations, and sword dancers are near the top of that list. In general they give more than they take so everyone’s happy.”

The lads from Northgate have recently donated another twenty units in advance of their new season of practices, which starts this Wednesday at 8pm in Bath. See Facebook for details of how to find us and join in with this manly pursuit.

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Northgate practices resume 7th May: warm up now!

May 7th

After a couple of weeks off to allow proper enjoyment of our Easter eggs and Belgian beer we are once again ready to sharpen our wits, reactions and swords and get back into the groove (whatever that means).

So mark the date in your diary and join us as we laugh in the face of moderate danger!

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Northgate replace dancer due to slight run-in with the law

Martin Getting his Collar Felt

Martin Getting his Collar Felt

Following the surprise arrest of their squire on charges of Chip Pilfering (an obscure crime dating back to the nineteenth century), Northgate decided to forget about him and move on temporarily replace him with another dancer.

Having trained up said dancer, they will now try him out on a crawl this very Wednesday around the pubs of Bath.

Details are yet to be entirely finalised, but keep on eye on Facebook or Twitter for details as they emerge!

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One new team and only one broken dancer: training day considered a success!

A Broken Dancer

A Broken Dancer

Yesterday, Northgate travelled across the perilous straits of the River Severn from England to Wales to give the lads and lasses of Taff Rapper an introduction to the gentle art of rapper dancing. They seemed very pleased to get their hands on our shafts and threw themselves into things with vim and vigour. In fact, one of them got so carried away with excitement that she threw herself head first at the floor. Twice. We’ve hidden her identity in the picture to protect her from ridicule.

But apart from breaking Minnie, everything else seemed to go very well and the team looks like it’s going from strength to strength.

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