This may not seem like much for our Morris cousins across the Atlantic, but the Weasels have a very busy two days before them
Tonight, October 6, we will be dancing out at the Harvest Faire at Endview. Showtimes are 7:00 and 8:00. Tomorrow we are the opening act of the day there at a cheery 9:30 in the morning.
Later, at 3:00 to 4:00, we will be dancing at the Children’s Stage at the Newport News Folk Like Festival at Newport News Park. This is a very large event so allow yourselves plenty of time.
No rest for the wicked! Hope we might see you there!
I just noticed that I completely forgot to make any report on our dance out at for May Day. I most o=hve lost it all in the excitement of the Pirate fest.
For anyone who may not be aware, it is a Morris custom to dance up the sun on May Day, so as to enable the return of Spring. It is one of the very few responsibilities of a Morris Man (Person).
I had a great deal of difficulty with the “band” and therefore we ended up dancing to the quiets tones of an Ipod in my pocket. This created a bit of a challenge as the volume was far too quiet and we had to rely mostly upon our humming! did I mention how desperate we are for some full-time musicians?
This was the best attendance that we have had for a Mayday. Apparently, Drunken Weasels aren’t really morning mustelids, but this year there were four of us and a small audience of two.
Even with our Band troubles we still managed to get the sun back up,, though Judy did have to help a little.
Our job here finished, we killed the old King (in the form of a loaf of bread) who we ate with jam and continue merrily off to our regular jobs…..
Our friends in Sheffield, England, Boggart’s Breakfast, have a Kickstarter underway to produce an EP of some of their dance music. If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear their music you are in for a treat. Go over and give their Kickstarter a look!
So tonight brought our first rehearsal on our new night. For the last few years, we have practiced on Mondays but changes in lives and made for a necessary change. We also got a great deal of work done n our newest and probably most challenging dance ion our present repertoire.
Bluejay, or Belligerent Bluejay as originally titled, is a curious creature amongst Morris dances. it is only one of two that I am aware of that was originally created here in the United States and has been imported in a reverse fashion into England. Created by the Basset Street Hounds up in Syracuse, New York, our version was adapted and modified by Boggart’s Breakfast and then returned home across the Atlantic. Quite a terrific little dance, with no room for error.
We look forward to performing it next season!
As the Drunken Weasels prepare for their 2017 season, this is the best time to come out and see if Border Morris is for you!
We are looking for men and women and no experience is necessary. What is needed is some balance, coordination and a desire to have fun. A willingness to perform an odd archaic custom in public in peculiar clothing is also helpful. Come on out and give it a try, no strings attached.
We are also looking for musicians.
For further information contact us at Squire@rscarnegie.com