After a great time at the Bradford-on-Avon festival yesterday, the lads of Northgate are winding themselves up into a frenzy of anticipation for next weekend’s Chippenham Folk Festival.
Can they keep up the pace? And will they continue with the longsword?
This was the first ever one, with nearly thirty Morris sides (and one that dances with swords) making an appearance. The dance spots were centred around the ancient Tithe Barn, backdrop in the above photo, and the equally beautiful town centre.
We took the opportunity to dance out our new longsword dance, Little Elgin, which is the first time we’ve ever done such a risky thing. Oh, and Joe entranced a pub-full of punters, who were sad to have missed the Morris dancing, with a great solo jig.
All in all, an excellent day. Roll on next year.
Chippenham Folk Festival
Next weekend sees us crossing the border into Wiltshire yet again, this time to dance in Chippenham throughout the bank holiday. We may even bring out the longsword again…
We’re also going to run a couple of workshops, the first one being on Saturday at 11:30am. See our Facebook page for details.
Do we really have to wait until then?
Of course not. Come along to The Curfew in Bath on Tuesday night at 19:30, learn some sick moves and steal a march on the others coming to our workshops. See you there!
Photograph © Caroline Nisbett, Bell’s Angels Morris