OUR COTSWOLD MORRIS HERITAGE: An Insight into the way it was

A weekend of talks and workshops led by Roy Dommett

Exeter: Friday April 15th - Sunday April 17th 2011



Update : 11 May 2011

And from the weekend:

Roy's Slides


Update : 15 April 2011

And some more:

The Idiom Of Cotswold Morris Music
New Directions
How Do You Think It Was?
My Thoughts On The Morris, Its Early History And Origins
An Ignored Influence
Basics For Everyone
What You Didn't Know About The Morris
Y Gaseg Eira - The Snow Mare - Welsh Morris from Nantgarw
Tune Titles
Traditions 2


Update : 13 April 2011

Some dance notes in advance of the weekend:

Collecting Dances
Dance Sources
Traditions
Dover's Games
Longborough
Longborough Comment
Sidmouth


Update : 10 April 2011

If you are still looking for accommodation, there is some "diy" space in the centre of Exeter, courtesy of Barry. Click here for details.

For a list of the tunes to be used for the weekend click here.

See you next weekend.


Update : 28 March 2011

A few places are still available, so if you are interested in further details, please contact us.

Musicians
Please get in touch with me direct if you feel you can offer to help during one of the sessions. We can of course trust to luck and leave things until the Friday night to parcel things up but it would be good to at least have some idea of who is willing to help out before hand. Roy would like to concentrate on the teaching side of things so if you are a musician and would like to offer your services as lead musician for one, or part of one of, the sessions please write direct to Mike Boston. Nearer to the weekend when we know exactly what dances / tunes will be needed we can parcel things up. Roy will provide sheet music where necessary.

Sticks
Yes I know its short but Roy really does mean bring an 8" stick. Bring your own padded gloves! We will have GW's normal sticks but if people (not GW/Glory) could bring their own 'normal' stick then it will ensure that we have enough.

Domestic arrangements / Costs
In the original plan we were going to rely on the catering services provided at the school on a buy what you want basis. Now we have moved to Broadclyst we will be sorting this out our selves and build it into an overall cost for the weekend of 26. If this creates a problem for anyone please let us know. Drinks at the bar not included I'm afraid.

* Friday Evening: On arrival there will be soups, bread, cheese, beer etc
* Saturday Lunch: Buffet type lunch, beer, meats, beer, cheeses, beer, bread, beer, fruit, etc
* Saturday Evening: Hot Meal with veggie option and a pudding of some ilk. Oh and Beer ;-)
* Sunday Lunch: Weather permitting we will move over to the New Inn. Pay the pub direct. Sample menu

Tea, coffee, biscuits will be available all weekend and the bar will be open Friday evening and from noon on Saturday until we finish. If you wish to bring anything to share with the assembled throng (cake or cake or cake for instance) - please feel free.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know. 'Please can I have lots' does not qualify.

Camping at the New Inn
It is not necessary to book in advance but it would be good for us to know if you do intend to camp there.

Video
Rob Jukes will be videoing the proceedings.

Pre-prints
If we get the material from Roy in enough time we hope to send out homework reading before hand. But it might not happen. We'll try.

For more information email Mike/Duncan.

See you all in April if not before


Update : 11 March 2011

We have changed the venue for the weekend to the Broadclyst Victory Hall

The Hall will actually suit the numbers we have far better and still leave us some room for more people.

We have arranged camping space at the nearby New Inn. It is very much 'camping a la ferme'. Cost of 5 per van or caravan per night, less for tents. The pub is a 5 minute walk on a footpath across the fields or a two minute drive.

An internet search for B&B's in and around Broadclyst throws up quite a few of varying costs. Let us know if you are having problems finding somewhere.

The content of Roy's sessions will be entirely up to him but will be based on the following agenda
" Short session of West Midland Morris for which dancers will need an eight inch long stick .
" Extended sessions on the recovery of .certain traditions, namely Ducklington, Stanton Harcourt and Ascot under Wychwood covering choices and options.
" The morrises in the Stow area, namely Longborough, Bledington, Oddington and Sherborne with emphasis on the technical difficulties, rather than covering the repertoire.

He also hopes to be able to slip in a few of his own dances.

An Appeal from Roy "I would like to put out an appeal for copies of any recordings that people have of ad libbed talks that I have given in the 20thcentnry. Many people promised such in the past but did not deliver"

In the back of Roy's mind is that there should be a follow up next year covering the morris north of Oxford.

The programme below reflects what Roy hopes to deliver. Each session will be a mix of 'lecture' and dancing. It may be that on the weekend itself session timings and content get altered around at fairly short notice

Roy would like to concentrate on the teaching side of things so if you are a musician and would like to offer your services as lead musician for one, or part of one of, the sessions please write direct to Mike Boston. Nearer to the weekend when we know exactly what dances / tunes will be needed we can parcel things up. Roy will provide sheet music where necessary.

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Weekend Programme

Friday Evening

Session 1 : 8pm - 10pm

We have the hall from 7.00 pm. We will have soup and rolls available. Please let us know if you wish to partake.

Saturday

Session 2 : 10 am - 12.30pm

Lunch 12.30 - 2.00

Session 3 : 2.00 - 3.30

Session 4 : 4.00-6.00

Evening meal 6.00-7.30

Session 5 : 8.00-10.00

Sunday

Session 6 : 10.30 - 1.00

Lunch and informal dancing at the New Inn. Menu to follow.

Tea and coffee will be available throughout the weekend. The bar will be open on Friday evening and Saturday from lunchtime onwards.

Anticipated weekend cost not exceeding 17.50, excluding food and beer !

For more information email Mike/Duncan.


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