Morris at FWOT Faringdon

Morris Dancing at Folk Weekend On Tour Faringdon

 

We are excited to welcome five Oxfordshire morris sides to Faringdon for 9th October.  They will be dancing in three spots around the town for the afternoon - The Marketplace, The Folly beer garden and the garden opposite the Swan Pub.  

There will be a schedule here shortly so you know where to be to see each group.  Some of them may have collecting boxes for their chosen charity, so do bring along some change.  Come along and enjoy the show.  You never know, you may get a chance to join in!

Click here for a map of Faringdon with morris spots indicated.  

  Market Place The Swan Pub The Folly Pub
11.30am Cornucopia    
12.00pm

Armaleggan

Rockhopper

 

Owlswick

Cornucopia

1.00pm

Icknield Way

Owlswick

Rockhopper

Armaleggan

 
2.00pm Cornucopia

Owlswick

Armaleggan

Rockhopper

Icknield Way

3.00pm All teams    

 

Armaleggan

armaleggan

Armaleggan is a mixed side – mixed genders, mixed ages, a mixture of tradition and innovation, and do not mind mixing our drinks.  They rehearse in Cumnor, just outside Oxford, but the dancers come from all over the county.  

Armaleggan's style of Morris is called Border Morris. It was traditionally danced in Herefordshire and Shropshire – the counties at the northern end of the Welsh borders. Cotswold Morris is athletic and sometimes elegant; Border is more rough and ready but has a lot more ‘oomph’.  The face makeup, tatters and crazy hats are most probably all about disguise and anonymity. Border was traditionally danced by underemployed rural labourers in the industrial revolution of the 19th and late 18th centuries as way of supplementing income in the winter and around Christmas but the gentry and bosses frequently considered it an intemperate practice and little better than begging (not too dissimilar to our current practice, but now we intemperately ‘beg’ for a designated charity each year).

Rockhopper Morris

rockhopper

Rockhopper is a mixed Cotswold morris side who practise near Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, UK, but dance all over England. We perform hankie dances from the Raglan tradition and stick dances of our own Rockhopper tradition. Many of our members are also active members of other sides.  They evolved as a group of morris dancing friends that performed for an event when a 'regular' side couldn't be persuaded to appear. The members of this ad-hoc team enjoyed ourselves so much that they decided to carry on as a proper side.  Why Rockhopper?  This has to do with some of the things that happened during our winter frolics. You could ask a side member in person but there's no guarantee of a sensible answer unless you ply them with food, or alcohol, or both.

 

Cornucopia

cornucopia

Cornucopia perform Appalachian Step Clogging and British Clog Dancing to a variety of American, Irish and British acoustic folk music (jigs, reels and hornpipes) and are based in Wantage, Oxfordshire, UK.  The dancers are energetic performers who are entertaining to watch and the band is great to listen to (on a good day!).

 

Owlswick Morris

owlswick

Owlswick is a lively, friendly and welcoming group of men and women of all ages (teenagers and adults), who perform Cotswold morris dances from Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire and they also perform clog dances. During the summer they dance at local pubs on Tuesdays and are also booked for fetes and festivals such as Towersey Festival.

 

Icknield Way Morris Men

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Icknield Way Morris Men are a nationally known Morris dancing side that perform at festivals, weddings, parties and shows all over the country. We are mainly found dancing in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire, but are usually seen performing outside pubs in the Vale of White Horse.  The Morris has been danced in Wantage since at least 1565, where churchwardens accounts show that 16d was paid for 'a dasson morys belles' and, in 1590, 'lyveries' (costumes) were provided by John Eshmond for 4s 6d. The last reference to the Morris locally was in 1885 when it was danced by 'laddes of ye Royal Burgh of Wantage' before the sports began at Lockinge House.  Nothing is known concerning the side who danced, but the dance was referred to Cecil Sharp in 1910.  Icknield Way Morris Men perform traditional Morris dances from Oxfordshire villages. They also perform all dances recovered from the Stanton Harcourt tradition for which we are the guardians and sometimes dance out as Stanton Harcourt Morris

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Introducing our patrons

We are delighted to have two outstanding local folk artists as our festival patrons; Jackie Oates has been with us since 2013, and she was joined in 2016 by John Spiers, of Bellowhead and Spiers and Boden.


Jackie is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire and now living in Oxford. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has attracted increasing attention. Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and folk clubs across the country, in a solo capacity and with a number of bands. Her second album 'The Violet Hour' was one of the Top 10 on the Mojo folk album of the year chart in 2008, followed by 'Hyperboreans' reaching number five in the chart the following year. Also in 2009 Jackie won two BBC Folk Awards - The Horizon Award for best new comer, and the Best Traditional Track Award. She is currently singing with her own band, and touring as a member of The Imagined Village alongside Eliza Carthy. When not busy with all this Jackie dances with Summertown Morris and knits a lot!

 

John Spiers, known better in folk circles as Squeezy, has made a name for himself as one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation.  Well known for his long-standing duo partnership with Jon Boden in the formidable Spiers & Boden as well as his contribution to the massively popular Bellowhead, John has also played with Eliza Carthy’s Ratcatchers and a number of local folk-dance bands.

John was born in Birmingham, but moved to Abingdon in Oxfordshire at an early age where his association with the traditional folk music and dance of the region began. His road to success all started when he met Jon Boden at a folk session in the Fir Tree pub on Iffley Road in the late 90s; by 1999 they started performing together as Spiers & Boden and were quickly signed to Fellside records. 2004 saw the duo join 9 other friends to create the explosive ‘Bellowhead’ who have cooked up a storm on festival stages UK wide ever since. Bellowhead went on to win several BBC Radio 2 folk awards for Best Live Act and Best Group, and their album 'Revival' entered the UK album charts at number 12, before they sadly parted ways in 2016. 

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