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UK Fests: Morris & folk dance

VirginiaTam 28 Mar 11 - 02:31 PM
VirginiaTam 28 Mar 11 - 05:16 PM
FloraG 29 Mar 11 - 03:37 AM
GUEST,baz parkes 29 Mar 11 - 04:03 AM
treewind 29 Mar 11 - 04:27 AM
Silas 29 Mar 11 - 04:38 AM
LesB 29 Mar 11 - 05:05 AM
Mo the caller 29 Mar 11 - 05:30 AM
Folkiedave 29 Mar 11 - 05:36 AM
BanjoRay 29 Mar 11 - 06:30 AM
GUEST,VaTam on tea break 29 Mar 11 - 10:56 AM
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Subject: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 02:31 PM

I love Morris I can't dance it, but I love to watch it.

Last year I created a little Observer Book of Morris and other Folk Dance to aid my Morris spotting.

I now want to donate the idea and document to festivals, so they can badge it and sell to raise funds for future festivals.

It is a wee little thing, can be printed as A5 or A6. Includes some brief definitions of a few different types of dance. It is modeled humorously on bird watching guide and each information entry page (right) is preceded by a plank page (left) for photo or sketch.

I hope some festivals will take up this offer and that they are successful selling it.

It is my hope, that parents will buy them for their kids, and that more interest in trad dance and music will be generated.

So please post contact details below of any festival organisers who may be interested in receiving the document ready to be badged and printed.

No charge. I don't even want it to bear my name.


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 05:16 PM

Well I have contacted people with connections to

Rochester Sweeps
Sidmouth Folk Week

any others?


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: FloraG
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 03:37 AM

Whtby is the other big week long festival. They usually have a good mix.
Are you aware the I spy books have been re issued. You may find a market for your idea.
FloraG.


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: GUEST,baz parkes
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 04:03 AM

Alan and Sandra Surtees from Shrewsbury occasionally drop in here


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: treewind
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 04:27 AM

Broadstairs is also a week.

Towersey, Warwick and Chippenham and Shrewsbury are major weekend festivals that feature lots of dance.

Also look out for events like the Thaxted Ring meeting and Whittlesea Straw Bear which are almost entirely about dance.


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: Silas
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 04:38 AM

Sound like a brilliant idea - I just love it.

Upton, first week of may should have it, they have loads of sides there - try speaking to Richard Hannah.

Good luck


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: LesB
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 05:05 AM

There is also a big weekend at Evesham http://www.valemorris.com/.
I like the idea but I can't help thinking that it will need a lot of work for it to be anywhere near complete, if not when it appears you will, understandably, find people complaining "what about our side?"
Good luck
Les (Southport Swords & Argarmeles Morris)


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: Mo the caller
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 05:30 AM

When we took our young daughter to Whitby, years ago (she is now a Mum) we bought her a colouring book of Morrismen to occupy her while we danced in the Playford workshops etc. It had various teams illustrated, and told you which colours to use.
Anything that builds the interest must be a good thing. You wouldn't expect to have EVERY team included, maybe every brand of Morris (each festival could personalise with photos of the teams appearing at their festival, in each category)


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: Folkiedave
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 05:36 AM

Great idea and more power to your handkerchiefs.

Upton on Severn have a lot of morris teams and Warwick have a lot of teams too.

Some teams (my own - Sheffield City Morris for example) do Cotswold but mostly invented dances - in the style of....... We also wear green trousers which makes us unique as far as I am aware and suggests our inclusion on the grounds of colourfulness!


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: BanjoRay
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 06:30 AM

Do you have any Appalachian teams in your book?
Sounds like a great idea - good luck with it.

Ray


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: GUEST,VaTam on tea break
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 10:56 AM

Oh dear. Perhaps I got the wrong idea about observer books, having never seen one.

This book has pages you complete with info about the dancers you see, kind of like bird watching.

Maybe Flora's mention is more what I have created. An I Spy book.

The thing is, I am NOT looking to make any money or even get credit for the idea.

I just hoped my idea would be useful money spinner for festivals and interesting to the audience of said festivals.

Having said that the project of making an Observer book in my retirement.


Thank you all for the info.


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 01:36 PM

Great idea. Where do we get them from?


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 02:27 PM

Response from dance organiser for Rochester Sweeps.

He likes the idea. The title (the Observer Book) is problematic.

Too late for this year's festival but he will pass my idea on to Medway Council for next year.

I will tell him they are welcome to change whatever they like or to just use the idea and design their own.

So that maybe one win, already.

Wonder if I can create a phone app for this? Really easy to take pics and videos as you enter your information.


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Subject: RE: UK Fests: Morris & folk dance
From: LesB
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 08:15 PM

Sorry Link above does not work, try this Evesham Morris Weekend
Cheers
Les


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