Plum Jerkum were formed in 1986 by Max and Rose Smith as a mixed Border Morris side and were based in the village of Eathorpe. At this time there were no other mixed dance sides in the area so the formation of PJ gave many couples the opportunity to dance together in the same side. The name Plum Jerkum was taken from a plum-based cider brewed from the Warwickshire Drooper plum which has the reputation of 'leaving the head crystal clear whilst paralyzing the legs'!! The casual observer must decide for themselves whether this in any way influences our style of dancing! The recipe for Plum Jerkum can be found on the PJ web site - www.plumjerkum.co.uk. PJ are known for their 'big band' of which everyone is a member. If we are not dancing, we are playing an instrument, whether this be a melodeon, tambourine, cow bell (oh no! not the cow bell!!), whistle or the foot. You'll see this in-between our dances !We moved to our current base in Warwick in 2005
They have prepared two dances for us at Folk Weekend.
Fanny Frail - one of our more popular dances, Adapted from traditional dance 'Evesham Stick Dance', Fanny Frail - one of our more popular dances, Adapted from traditional dance 'Evesham Stick Dance', good fun to dance with fast sticking at the end. Warwickshire Droopers - created some 30 years back by Max and Rose, named in honour of our local plum, but also as a dance where we change axis 90deg during the set. Alot of energy in this dance ! Danced to tune of 'dark girl dressed in blue' good fun to dance with fast sticking at the end.