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St Georges Day What are you doing?

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Subject: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: LesB
Date: 20 Mar 05 - 05:39 PM

What are people doing this year? It seems that in recent years there has been a greater awareness of St Georges Day. A lot more Morris teams seem to have events on, in fact I will be dancing out with the Southport Swords . As well as having all day this year, (it's on a Saturday) our tour also forms part of the Bothy Folk Club 40th birthday celebration week.
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Blowzabella
Date: 20 Mar 05 - 06:00 PM

For Somerset Mudcatters....

The perfect St George's Day concert!

New Scorpion Band present an evening of songs and music from the British Isles on their usual staggering array of traditional and period instruments. Expect virtuoso musicianship, exuberant arrangements and stunning harmonies, in this programme drawn from their two latest recordings - The Downfall of Pears and Out on the Ocean.
Tickets £6 Adults / £3 Children
Enquiries 01823-444374

New Scorpion Band are: Tim Laycock, Brian Gulland, Robin Jeffrey, Robert White & Sharon Lindo


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: LesB
Date: 20 Mar 05 - 06:14 PM

Hoping to get to see them at Lancaster sometime over Easter.
Les


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Mar 05 - 06:37 PM

Watch out for Abram's St George at Lancaster on Good Friday, Les. He'll kill you as much as look at you:-)

Cheers

DtG
AKA Hector - Only wounded by George...


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Blowzabella
Date: 20 Mar 05 - 06:52 PM

Les - do get to see them - they are something else - they turned what was an already incredibly busy life into an even busier one, - keeping up with their mailing list! (but a girls gotta do etc...)


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Mar 05 - 07:03 PM

I'll be at the big English event of the day, Ceilidh Aid at the Forum in Kentish Town, London with Oysterband, Billy Bragg, Eliza Carthy, Tiger Moth, Gloworms, Morris Offspring, Hammersmith etc. http://www.frootsmag.com/ceilidhaid/


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 Mar 05 - 08:08 PM

Kendall and I will be travelling down to Florida in the motorhome to visit with my daughter's family, on holiday in Orlando.

I'm going to try and get hold of an England flag to fly on the day and drive Kendall mad singing English folk songs all day.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Snuffy
Date: 20 Mar 05 - 08:09 PM

Celebrating two English icons on the same day. Dancing in the Shakespeare's Birthday parade and then elsewhere round Stratford-upon-Avon in the day, then performing in the mummers play at the George Hotel, Lower Brailes in the evening.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 20 Mar 05 - 09:12 PM

Thanks for the reminder Snuff !! Shakespeares birthday and St Georges Day coincide ! Celebrate them both !


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 01:39 AM

I shall be out with Herga Mummers around Pinner for their St George's Day celebrations.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: DG&D Dave
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 04:12 AM

I shall be presenting a Strawhead concert and Mummers play in Derby.
See other thread "Strawhead in Derby" or Strawhead's website.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: IanC
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 04:23 AM

I'd like to say I'll be doing something, and the Ashwell mummers has been asked to perform the dragon play.

But ... We'll be visiting our youngest daughter in Mauritania. Don't know whether we'll manage anything in this (tolerant) Islamic republic.

:-)
Ian


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: rhyzla
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 04:33 AM

I shall be playing a small song spot in the miidle of a celidh given by "Brassneck" at Tamworth Assembly Rooms in Staffordshire.

MBSLynne and EPN might tell us more???


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Flash Company
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 05:04 AM

Going to Ironbridge for the weekend, Anything on?

FC


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: greg stephens
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 05:59 AM

I think I will paint a St George's Cross on my face, drink loads of lager, go for an Indian, and then lean against a lamp-post vomiting helplessly. Then I may lie in the gutter for a bit, or possibly attack a passerby, depending how I feel.
    We've got our own culture, remember eveeryone. let's celebrate it!


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 06:18 AM

Mumming in Pinner. As the Turkish Knight.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: LesB
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 06:50 AM

Hi Dave (A.K.A. Hector), Sorry can't do, I will be with the 'Swords' on Good Fri as guests of 'John of Gaunt', dancing at Milnthorpe & Arnside. I usually stay for the evening down at the keyside, but this year I have tickets for Eliza Carthy & Sharron Shannon in Southport in the evening.
Cheers
Les (A.K.A. Little Devil Doubt, Southport Mummers umpteen years ago)


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 07:30 AM

George, have you ever got the wrong agent!


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 07:33 AM

Chances are mother and I will be organising a session at our house, we don't normally need an excuse but if we have one, all the better!

Visiting the Grandparents is a daytime must as my Grandad's birthday also falls on this fine day.

muppitz x


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: mooman
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 09:24 AM

Not English here!

What day is it...can someone remind me? (no offence intended I just can't remember!)

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,The Barden of England at work
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 09:30 AM

The same day as Shakespeare's birth and death day - 23rd. April, which this year is a Saturday


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,Mr Red (faced)
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 09:32 AM

not all of know what day it is here either.

Dunno wot I'll be doin.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 10:30 AM

Mooman,

Isn't St George also Patron of one of the Flemish provinces? Brabant?


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Mr Red
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 10:39 AM

24 April 2005 - well Winchester Scout Troup think it is and that is good enough for me.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: JohnB
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 10:43 AM

My Morris side "Orange Peel" and my group "Triangl" will both be part of the St Georges Day celebrations at the "Golden Kiwi" in "Cambridge"
that's the Other Cambridge, the one in Ontario Canada.
On the subject of St G, anyone know any specific relevant songs mentioning him? I can only think of one verse in Hal and Tow, the slow bit in Padstow May song and the bit about Dance to the new St George forget the name of the song. Searches in Mudcat only seem to bring up place names.
We will no doubt have a good time, I will then go home and watch a video I took last year of Dave the Gnome and Spot the Dog with the Abram Mummers, they put on a good show, sound effects and all.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 11:18 AM

Manitas

Surely, you know that George P has already performed with Herga Mummers as the Greek ppTurkish Knight? I'm really looking forward to the reprise!


Kitty


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 11:25 AM

"In comes I this Turk from Turkey land
To take bold champions out of hand.
He brags, he boasts to such degree
And thinks no man can do like he."

It takes guts for a Greek to say those words. But I have the gut.

It's 23rd April - I should know, it being my nameday. Winchester Scout Troup are just trying to fit it into their schedule. Probably celebrated Christmas on the 27th too.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 11:25 AM

It's my son's birthday too you know.
Giok


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 11:36 AM

I was under the imporession he had been St. George.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: mooman
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 11:41 AM

Manitas,

I think it might be Brabant Wallon. At least they're celebrating his feastday there...

All the best

moo


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Brakn
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 02:23 PM

St. George is the patron saint of Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany and Greece; and of Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice (second to St Mark). He is patron of soldiers, cavalry and chivalry; of farmers and field workers, Boy Scouts and butchers; of horses, riders and saddlers; and of sufferers from leprosy, plague and syphilis. He is particularly the patron saint of archers. Info from here.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: BB
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 02:30 PM

Tom & I will be performing 'An Exmoor Garland' in an Arts Centre in Peebles, Scotland! We'll show 'em that they're not the only ones to be proud of their heritage!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 02:48 PM

We're doing a wandery-round mediaeval costume playing and singing type-thing in Coventry city centre in the morning. In the evening I'm playing guitar in the pit for Les Miserables, which is not noticeably English unfortunately!


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 03:16 PM

This gentleman will be abed - oh, wait, that's St Crispian's.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: CharleyR
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 03:37 PM

Playing for an Oxford Folk Festival build-up ceilidh with Derwenna in Oxford.   http://www.oxfordfolkfestival.com/2005/pre-events/pre-events.htm

Charley


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 03:46 PM

racists


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: el_punkoid_nouveau
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 04:18 PM

Guest, wandering around Coventry - you have my sympathy (especially if you are who I think you are...)! I have not held the place in quite such high regard after working there for a year.

On the other hand, Tamworth Borough Council has organised a Day of Dance, at which both Packington Morris and Pennyroyal Garland will be present. I believe there will also be pub sessions during the day. Oh dear - I might have to go and drink and play again!

To round the day off, there is a Ceilidh at the Assembly Rooms, featuring Brassneck , with entertainment by the excellent Rhyzome .

It should be a good day!

epn


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Mr Red
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 04:24 PM

JohnB

Say hello to Brad McEwen. He was in touch recently.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 05:00 PM

Having a birthday as usual
And one never knows - might run into a creature with hot breath
No Chance!


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Hawker
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 05:13 PM

There will be a day of folk - music, song and hopefully dance at The Kings arms, Holsworthy in Devon, should you fancy coming along, you will be very welcome.
Definately 23rd April, I know cos we got married on the 22nd (several years ago now)
Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: mack/misophist
Date: 21 Mar 05 - 07:20 PM

As an American of Irish and Polish descent, I had planned to celebrate by slaying a dragon. Thus, I aquired a license from the state Fish and Game Department. All was well until the EPA found out and filed suit against me. It seems the Bush government has placed all smog sources under federal protection. I shall be spending St George's Day in court. Wish me luck.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 22 Mar 05 - 08:35 AM

Unqualified guest, how can anyone be racist for celebrating a Roman soldier, of Greek culture, born in what is now Turkey, famous for rescuing an Egyptian and patron of seemingly half the countries in Europe?


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 22 Mar 05 - 08:40 AM

I will be out fox hunting, although I understand that for legal reasons, I now have to say I am just exercising the pack. Tally ho!


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Mar 05 - 10:31 AM

oh dear - how sad


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: JohnB
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 02:04 PM

Will do Mr Red, Nonesuch will be playing that night in the Kiwi.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Bernard
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 07:54 PM

The Earl of Stamford Morris are hosting a day of dance - details on our website!


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Bonecruncher
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 10:17 PM

Mr Red
St George's Day is 23rd April.
Scouts hold their annual St. George's Day Parade on the nearest Sunday.
Colyn. (30 years in Scouting)


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: jonm
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 02:34 AM

Looks like Warwickshire will be busy... minstrelsy in Coventry, celebrations for the Bard in Stratford, dancing in Tamworth, and the Anker Morris Men, who always tour on or near to St. George's day, will be frequenting the pubs of the county too. I haven't an intinerary to hand, but I think we just make it into Leicestershire, too.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 03:45 AM

Playing a gig at the Station Hotel, Ripon, N.Yorkshire with Tony Martin & Tony Aked.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 07:04 AM

St George's Day has a special meaning for us Germans: On this day, in the year of the Lord MDXVI the Duke of Bavaria ordered beer to be brewed with malt, hops, and water only. It is called the Purity Law and still valid today - the first food law still in use.
In the open air museum about Hessian culture near my home the biggest brewery in Hessen will show historical brewing to celebrate this day and handing out lots of stones for a reasonable price. I shall attend God permitting. As a former scoutmaster I shan't exaggerate drinking to hail the saint.
As a librarian I shall read a good book in the evening to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, may be the speech about the band of brothers.
As for signing: I found a fine song in the DT: Furry Day Carol. I'd like to sing this song, but don't have the tune. Can anybody help me?


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 07:34 AM

There is a link in the DT file to a midi. No source is named for tune or text, but both are much as printed in The Oxford Book of Carols, though the chorus has been shortened and the tune is four bars short to match.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 08:28 AM

It was said much higher up but just to refresh, the only place to be after all these daytime St George activities is Ceilidh Aid
at the Kentish Town Forum where so many brilliant artists will be foregoing their fee to help victims of the tsunami.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Hand-Pulled Boy
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 08:36 AM

On St.George's day it should be made legal to be able to slay a dragon so that a man can 'live happily ever after'.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Flash Company
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 09:20 AM

GUEST, Greycap, is Tony Martin originally from the Bristol area, or is this another Tony Martin?

FC


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From: The Unicorn Man
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 01:28 PM

Cecil Sharp House seems the place to be, on the 22nd April mind you. "Demon Barber Roadshow" "John Spiers and his mate Boden" and "The Witches of Elswick" WOOOO.


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From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 01:47 PM

The whole week around London is amazing:

21 April:   Jim Moray @ ICA
22             Demon Barbers/J&J/Witches @C#H
23             CeilidhAid @ Forum
24             Wizz Jones @ Half Moon (or J&J again @ Hitchin)
25             Blind Boys of Alabama @ Forum
28             Bellowhead @ Scala


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From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 02:16 AM

Hey, Flash Company,
He's originally from the Birmingham area, don't think it's as far South West as Bristol. He's not a gun-toting farmer, either.


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From: Flash Company
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 09:31 AM

Thanks Greycap, just that I knew a banjo picking Bristolian called Tony Martin once in another life. Last I heard of him he was busking in Dublin! Maybe still is.
FC


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From: GUEST
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 10:27 AM

'Sounds of St George Tour' dates:

The Wardrobe, Leeds 20th April, (Box Office 01535 661991)
Cecil Sharp House, London 22nd April (Box Office : 01535 661991)
The Sage Gateshead 23rd April (Box Office 0191 443 4661)

All three dates feature: The Demon Barber Roadshow, John Spiers and Jon Boden and the Witches of Elswick.

The tour has been created by Yorkshire based artist's collective, Three's Company, and the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Workshops before each concert - for details see: http://www.threescompany.org.uk/

Details for Workshops and Gig at CSH:

Workshops in Clog, rapper, Cotswold and group singing 5.00-7.00
Doors open for concert: 8.00, 8.30 start
Tickets:         Workshop £6
Concert £12/£8 concessions
Venue at EFDSS: 020 7485 2206


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From: MurkeyChris
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 04:12 PM

Les, are you sure you're seeing Eliza Carthy as she's playing Ceilidh Aid that night?! Is she squeezing in two gigs?

I'll be a Ceilidh Aid and with that line-up and all proceeds going to charity it really is the place to be!

Although almost as tempting are Boka Halat in Bracknell.

Chris


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Ebbie
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 05:35 PM

Seems like you in the UK have a great many more days that you commemorate that we do in the US. Why is that? Is it only because the US dropped those days in the 'new world' or does it mean that we somehow lost the figures for which they were named and commemorated?

(Incidentally, just what in mythology brought on the story of the Dragon?)

In Alaska USA we have some paid state holidays no one else has, namely Seward's Day (for when Alaska was purchased from Russia) and Alaska Day for when the US flag was first run up the pole in Sitka.

But I still envy you all those esoteric holidays...


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 06:21 PM

St George's Day isn't a state holiday, though there has been occasional pressure to make it one (at one point, sadly, from the Conservative party; they wanted to abolish May Day because they thought it was Socialist). It happens to fall on a Saturday this year, though, so a lot of people won't have to go to work.

The intention now is to reinstate the day as a celebration that everybody can enjoy and be part of, and reclaim it from right-wing elements who have tried to hijack it as some kind of separatist symbol. George being patron saint of so many different places and things presents all sorts of opportunities for celebrating English traditional culture as part of a much bigger, international thing. I do hope that nobody thinks of dyeing the beer red, though.


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From: LesB
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 06:25 PM

Murkey Chris, we were talking Good Fri at that point, & she was great.
Les


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From: Fay
Date: 01 Apr 05 - 04:36 PM

Flapping about up and down the country for the Sounds of St George tour.

For those not in London it would be a good weekend to visit with us on Fri and Celidh aid on Sat, if its too far though, we are in Newcastle on the day (23rd), and in Leeds on the Weds before (20th) if you want to start your celebrtions early!

Fay xx


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From: GUEST,Quentin
Date: 01 Apr 05 - 06:00 PM

San Jordi in Catalunya, where I'll be. (by luck). The tradition there is to give a red rose and a book to ones lover.

I have no idea why, but I think it's great!


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From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 13 Apr 05 - 06:51 PM


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From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 13 Apr 05 - 06:53 PM

I'm going to eat a curry, drink a few pinmts of Giunneess and wahtch my simpsons videos.


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From: Leadfingers
Date: 13 Apr 05 - 07:27 PM

P J O'Reilly's in Marlow Bottom ( south of High Wycombe) has a Saint Georges day evening session starting at 2000 hours !!


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From: mandoleer
Date: 13 Apr 05 - 07:47 PM

Well, I'll be in the same place as LesB, but with another side and only playing not dancing.


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From: LadyJean
Date: 13 Apr 05 - 11:30 PM

There's a program of Indian dances at the Warhol Museum that Saturday, and I'm going. There's a little irony in that. Of course I always wear my Russian St. George and the Dragon pin on his day. I collect St. George and the dragon. I have him in laquer on a pin from Russia, in cast iron from Barcelona, on buttons from Austria, and of course on linen from England. I'm more inclined to side with the dragon. But George is OK.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 14 Apr 05 - 03:11 AM

Addition to my post of 26 Mar 05 - 07:04 AM:
Since I have found out in the meantime that St George is also the patron of archers, I'll have another drink to the memory of my ancestor whose excellent archery during the 2nd crusade earned him our family's coat of arms.


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From: Snuffy
Date: 14 Apr 05 - 08:55 AM

I thought Sebastian was patron saint of archers!


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From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 14 Apr 05 - 09:12 AM

For most topics there are more patrons than one only!

- St George:
Aragon; agricultural workers; archers; armourers; Beirut, Lebanon; Boy Scouts; butchers; Canada; Cappadocia; Catalonia; cavalry; chivalry; Constantinople; Crusaders; England (by Pope Benedict XIV); equestrians; farmers; Ferrara Italy; field hands; field workers; Genoa Italy; Georgia; Germany; Gozo; Greece; herpes; horsemen; horses; husbandmen; Istanbul; knights; lepers; leprosy; Lithuania; Malta; Moscow; Order of the Garter; Palestine; Palestinian Christians; plague; Portugal; riders; saddle makers; saddlers; skin diseases; skin rashes; soldiers; syphilis; Teutonic Knights; Venice
- St Sebastian:
archers, armourers, arrowsmiths, athletes, bookbinders, diseased cattle, dying people, enemies of religion, fletchers, gardeners, iron mongers, lacemakers, laceworkers, masons, plague, police, racquet makers, Rio de Janeiro, soldiers, Spanish police officers, stone masons, stonecutters
- And St Christopher:
archers, automobile drivers, automobilists, bachelors, boatmen, bus drivers, cab drivers, floods, fruit dealers, fullers, hailstorms, holy death, lorry drivers, mariners, market carriers, motorists, porters, Rab Croatia, sailors, storms, sudden death, taxi drivers, toothache, transportation, transportation workers, travellers, truck drivers, truckers, watermen


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From: Snuffy
Date: 14 Apr 05 - 09:30 AM

But Sebastian is the only one whose pictures always show him with his arrows!


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From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 14 Apr 05 - 11:46 AM

Who minds?


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From: mandoleer
Date: 14 Apr 05 - 07:14 PM

Do all these saints get a say in who they are going to be patrons of, or are they just landed with it and told to get on with the job? As a non-Christian I've always been a bit puzzled by saints.


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From: 8_Pints
Date: 14 Apr 05 - 08:09 PM

The Alma, Cottonstones near Halifax (Pete Coe's Club).

Spring Sing starting at mid-day until evening "Closing time!" ;-)

Bob vG


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From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 14 Apr 05 - 08:51 PM

Morrissing in Ledbury, and then to the Talbot for a few pints, and tunes/songs.

"cry god for Harry, England and St George"

Wassail!

Steve


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From: Torctgyd
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 10:32 AM

Surely St Sabastian should be the patron saint of targets rather than archers?

T


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From: GUEST,Humphrey Scourge of Folkies
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 10:46 AM

There be none of this nonesense in my pubs
You will all sit quietly and be gretful


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From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 03:08 AM

mandoleer - they often are landed with their patronage by the way of their martyrium i. e. how they were put to death:

- Apollonia: After her teeth were broken with pincers, she was given the choice of renouncing Christ or being burned alive; she lept onto the fire herself. Patronage: dentists, toothache

- Florian: a stone tied to his neck, and dumped into a river. Patronage:
..., against fire, ..., barrel-makers, brewers, ..., coopers, drowning, fire prevention, firefighters, [against] loods, ... [He was originally a patron of things or persons connected with water; since water was the main medium for extinguishing fires, he became patron of firefighters, too]

- Nicholas of Myra: Generous to the poor, and special protector of the innocent and wronged. Many stories grew up around him prior to his becoming Santa Claus. Some examples:
    * Upon hearing that a local man had fallen on such hard times that he was planning to sell his daughters into prostitution, Nicholas went by night to the house and threw three bags of gold in through the window, saving the girls from an evil life. These three bags, gold generously given in time of trouble, became the three golden balls that indicate a pawn broker's shop.
    * He raised to life three young boys who had been murdered and pickled in a barrel of brine to hide the crime. These stories led to his patronage of children in general, and of barrel-makers besides.
    * Induced some thieves to return their plunder. This explains his protection against theft and robbery, and his patronage of them - he's not helping them steal, but to repent and change. In the past, thieves have been known as Saint Nicholas' clerks or Knights of Saint Nicholas.
    * During a voyage to the Holy Lands, a fierce storm blew up, threatening the ship. He prayed over it, and the storm calmed - hence the patronage of sailors and those like dockworkers who work on the sea.
Patronage: against imprisonment, against robberies, against robbers, apothecaries, bakers, barrel makers, boatmen, boot blacks, boys, brewers, brides, captives, children, coopers, dock workers, druggists, fishermen, Greece, Greek Catholic Church in America, Greek Catholic Union, grooms, judges, lawsuits lost unjustly, longshoremen, Lorraine, maidens, mariners, merchants, murderers, newlyweds, old maids, parish clerks, paupers, pawnbrokers, perfumeries, perfumers, pharmacists, pilgrims, poor people, Portsmouth England, prisoners, Russia, sailors, scholars, schoolchildren, shoe shiners, Sicily, spinsters, students, thieves, travellers, unmarried girls, watermen

- Nicolaus Nepomucenus (not in the Calendar any more): thrown from the bridge of Prague. Patronage: bridges [on many bridges old and new in Bohemia and Germany his statue can be found]

I hope these few examples show how the saints got their patronages.


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From: Emma B
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 02:29 PM

St George will also be performing throughout the day in Chester supported by Chester Morris Men.......liquid refreshment - that other great British tradition - available at numerous hoatelries.....


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From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 04:08 PM

Pie and Mash at our house. Drop by.


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From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 05:58 PM

'nother birthday for me
Cake will be hotter than a dragons breath!


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: mandoleer
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 07:03 PM

Thanks, but I still can't understand how someone that has presumably performed the necessary miracles and been sainted for a few hundred years can be suddenly de-sainted. Does that stop them from performing any more miracles as their licence has been taken away?


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 02:42 AM

Don't ask me. Ask the CONGREGATIO DE CAUSIS SANCTORUM. I'm no catholic either.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 04:03 AM

Wilfried, (and Malcolm), the Furry Day Carol in the DT has some words very similar to the Halanto from Helston, particularly verse 3 which is like part of the chorus of the Halanto, and verses 5 and 6, but the midi tune is (to my ear) a hybridisation of the Helston Furry Dance tune.

FURRY DAY CAROL

Remember us poor Mayers all!
And thus we do begin -a,
To lead our lives in righteousness
Or else we die in sin-a.

With Holano, Holanto, Holanto,
Sing merry with Holanto,

We have been rambling half the night
And almost the day-a,
And now, returned back again,
We've brought you a branch of May-a.

O, we were up as soon as day,
To fetch the summer home-a,
The summer is a-coming on,
And the winters a-gone-a.

Then let us all most merry be,
And sing with a cheerful voice-a,
For we have good occasion now,
This time for to rejoice-a.

Saint George he next shall be our song:
Saint George, he was a knight-a,
Of all the men in Christendom,
Saint George he was the right-a.

God bless our land with power and might,
God send us peace in England,
Pray send us peace both day and night,
For ever in merry England.

In Baring-Gould's 'Songs of the West', the edition that C# revised and edited, the Halanto words are also set to the Furry Dance tune. The notes at the end say, "The Helston Furry Dance tune was printed in Davis Gilbert's "Christmas Carols," 2nd edition, 1823. His form is purer than ours, which is as now sung*. Edward Jones had already published it in his "Bardic Museum," vol. ii (1802) as "The Cornish May Song," and George Johnson in his "Welsh Airs," vol. ii (1811)."
I would be very interested in finding this version, if anyone has a copy of Gilbert's book.
*That is definitely NOT the way the tunes are played today. The Halanto has a very different tune and the Watersons recorded a version of it many years ago, which we learnt and sang until were sick of it.
But even that is not the way it is performed in Helston these days.
I understand that the Halanto died out for awhile, early last century, and was only revived much later. So is today's Halanto tune the original or some creative work by a revivalist about 50-70 years ago? Should the Halanto words really fit to the dance tune or is the current tune a really old one?
The dance tune, or variations of it,can be found in other carols and even as Morris tunes such as the Castleton Garland Dance and Winster Processional. It appears to be a very widespread tune.
But does it really belong with the Halanto song?

What will I be doing?
I was just going to stay home in front of the computer but then the Wellington Morris people announced a dance-out at my old home town (4 hours drive from here) and I couldn't resist. So I'm off to dance on Petone Beach! (Or, at least, play the music for them to dance.)
Robyn, from Petone


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From: ConcertinaChap
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 04:56 AM

I shall be in Southern Sweden at the Scandinavian Squeeze In, concertina in tow. I shall be running a St George's Day English tunes workshop.


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From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 06:51 AM

faulty information in my post of April 15:
Not Nicolaus, but Iohannes Nepomucenus (John Nepomucene). He's still in the calendar.
In the last century the calendar of saints was purged, some saints were taken out. But not the congregational saints, i.e. saints who were sanctified by the bishop of Rome (aka The Pope) after a trial to prove their miracles.
The pre-congregational saints, often from the Eastern church, are sometimes more than legendary. One of them is St. George, but no pope in his right senses would dare to depreave the English of their Saint.


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From: GUEST
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 06:24 PM

We had a perfectly good patron in St Edmund. Who needs this Norman import?


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 06:51 PM

I'm raising dragons in my basement. They should be mature enough for next year's day.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Chris Green
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 06:54 PM

Was it the Normans who made St George England's patron saint? I always thought it came back with the Crusades, which surely would mean it was the Angevins or Plantaganets?


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From: Leadfingers
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 08:09 PM

We are doing a Bloody Banquet , but I hope to get to PJ O'Reilly's for a late drink !


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From: GUEST,Leadfingers
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 07:35 PM

But i will keep this up to give el Ted a chance !!


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From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 08:04 AM

As he is the patron saint of us archers our club shall attempt to shoot a full St. George round of 144 arrows (bearing in mind that the opening range of 100 yards is a very long way) Then we shall probably drink a few pints.


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From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 08:08 AM

Oops, I find that a St George is in fact only 108 arrows, 3 doz at 100 yards 3doz at 80 yards and 3 doz at 60 yds. Still a prodigious amount of shooting though.


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From: GUEST,Flamenco ted
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 11:22 AM

Thanks Lead,but I reckon a clone will delete my 100th post and give it to you because I am pro fox hunting.


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From: GUEST,Flamenco ted
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 11:23 AM

Goodness! Does our touchy-feely Government still allow archery? This must be banned!


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From: GUEST,flamenco ted
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 11:24 AM

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From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 11:30 AM

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From: Leadfingers
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 12:19 PM

Hope that anonymous guesy WAS you Ted - Im just back from the Launderette !!


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From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 12:21 PM

Nay lad, it bloody wasn't! Some bugger sneaked it in, I thought it was you.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 01:57 PM

The patron saint of archers is Saint Sebastian. As is often the case with martyrs, poor old Sebastian has to look after the rotten sods who filled him full of holes.By the same token, St Lawrence is probably the Patron Saint of burger chefs.


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From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 03:33 PM

Uncle Dave (19 Apr) please remember a dragon is for life, not just Hogsw- erm, St George's Day


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 04:36 PM

I make a small mistake. St George is the patron saint of all these things:

Aragon; agricultural workers; archers; armourers; Beirut, Lebanon; Boy Scouts; butchers; Canada; Cappadocia; Catalonia; cavalry; chivalry; Constantinople; Crusaders; England (by Pope Benedict XIV); equestrians; farmers; Ferrara Italy; field hands; field workers; Genoa Italy; Georgia; Germany; Gozo; Greece; herpes; horsemen; horses; husbandmen; Istanbul; knights; lepers; leprosy; Lithuania; Malta; Moscow; Order of the Garter; Palestine; Palestinian Christians; plague; Portugal; riders; saddle makers; saddlers; skin diseases; skin rashes; soldiers; syphilis; Teutonic Knights; Venice.

Not bad going for someone who probably didn't exist!

I'd still go for Sebastian for Patron Saint of Archers, though. George must be Deputy Assistant Patron Saint of Archers at best. George seems to have to much affinity with skin conditions and sexually transmitted diseases to be considered completely wholesome. Actually that might be a good way to celebrate his day!


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From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 07:35 PM

GUEST said: I'll be at the big English event of the day, Ceilidh Aid at the Forum in Kentish Town, London with Oysterband, Billy Bragg, Eliza Carthy, Tiger Moth, Gloworms, Morris Offspring, Hammersmith etc. http://www.frootsmag.com/ceilidhaid/

refresh!


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 04:23 AM

'Tis today... From 12 noon onwards at the Queen's Head, Pinner, and subsequently around the village, the Herga Mummers will be appearing, featuring the unusual Turkish Knight:

"In comes I this Turk from Turkeyland..." (All sing Zorba The Greek)

And subsequently there shall be singing, busking, cavorting, Racing To The Loo, Racing To The Bar, and general merriment in celebration of the Greek Protector of England.

Rumours that MCP might be coming. We certainly hope to see there Herga Kitty, Moses, Graeme K, Johnny C, Mike S, and any of you Londoners looking for an excuse not to mow the lawn.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 11:09 AM

Well, George, we didn't see as many Catters as we thought we might, but we did have a jolly good sing with Dan McKinnon, until the Queen's Head closed. Including Sally Free and Easy and Five Foot Flirt in memory of Cyril.

It was interesting that the 3 songs requested by other visitors to the pub were Pleasant and Delightful, Streets of London, and Jerusalem..... embarrassing that none of us could remember all the words for Streets of London (though we did manage the other 2)...

Kitty


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 11:44 AM

Sorry George, Mick and I were thinking of attending but got overcome by lethagy!

Glad you had a good time.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 12:01 PM

Earning Money keeps getting in the way of enjoying myself !! Sorry to miss George being a Turk (Heaven Help Him) but we did have a good Banqyuet !


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From: GUEST
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 06:59 PM

Any reports on Ceilidh Aid? Was it as good as expected?


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From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 01:23 AM

Any reports on Ceilidh Aid?

Utterly amazing. If you weren't there at the Forum, you're never gonna believe it! Didn't fall asleep till yesterday lunchtime when stragglers had departed, aching but exhilarated with so many tunes, especially the biggest ever Wall of Ploughs from the massive OysterMoth big band still ringing in my ears.

So, so many musicians and dancers (in addition to those billed: Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson and Andy Cutting just happened stroll in), all performing free for the tsunami relief fund. It's not known yet how much was raised but I understand around £10,000 on presales alone.

Standout set was from Billy Bragg + Acoustic Blokes who I don't think I've ever heard so on form (and that includes observations as well as songs). And he wants to do it all again next year! Other highlights were Morris Offspring complete with boar and unicorn and Hammersmith Morris who gave us a bit of time to catch our breath after the Gloworms followed by Tiger Moth opened the strenuously inspired dancing. It was spectacular, exhausting and so much fun. Ian Anderson and fRoots deserve massive thanks for getting it all together. It's going to be talked about for ever.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 08:31 AM

Any reports on Ceilidh Aid?

It had its moments. Audience, disappointingly small - but it made it comfortable to dance in the lower auditorium. Should have been more of a balance between dancing (audience active) and performance (audience passive). The acoustics were awful. The Fosters at the bar couldn't possibly have been the same amber nectar beloved by Barry McKenzie all those years ago, could it? Parking was easy in the side streets, even if driving through the suburbs was its predictable pain.

On a performance basis. Eliza Carthy was er- challenging (not sure about her Bushes and Briars 'sampling' or her use of melodeon) - certainly didn't quieten the cacophony around the bar area. Billy Bragg and the Blokes was in combative mode reminding all there was a General Election on. Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson were a real bonus. Eyebrows were raised with Martin and Bill the Bloke duetting on 'John Barleycorn' interestingly twinned for the night with 'Half English', and later on duetting with Blake's 'Jerusalem' - reclaimed for the night from the BNP and WI (delete as required). The Oysters established their credentials as England's leading folk rock band, and it was great to see former and part-time members Chris Taylor and Chris Wood jamming in. The morris dancing showed the diversity of Cotswold morris types, with Ian Dedic of Hammersmith suitably miked up on floor rather than on stage. For the record, I loved the amalgam of his use of Groupa's 'Serpentiner och Konfetti' with the Bampton sidestep dance.

Gordon Potts, resplendent in black kilt, deliberately kept the dancing simple. The set in which I danced for the Stoke Golding country dance with its strip the willow had two same sex partners with the set reversed, so that led to an amusing outcoming. The Norfolk Long Dance too looked like a recipe for broken teeth, but was tastefully performed as always. The 23-strong OysterMoth looked impressive, and lord alone knows how they kept in time! On an aesthetic viewpoint, this didn't lend itself to an arranged opus like 'Speed the Plough' with its key and tempo changes, but ... whatever!

I hope the event made thousands for the Tsunami appeal. The organiser from Action Aid announced they had made something like £8000, but left shortly after his inaudible speech. Given that it was something of a 'one-off', Ian Anderson, the fRoots team, and all performers should be congratulated for trying something as ambitious as this, but I wonder how a second attempt might go with the benefit of hindsight? Certainly not as a St. George's Day celebration when it next occurs on a Saturday!


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 02:36 AM

Ebbie - the dragon is usually symbolic for evil or the devil. If you look at the images of St Michael (chief prince & leader of the heavenly army in the battle against the forces of hell and patron saint of underwear) he is shown slaying a demonic dragon.

As a dragon myself, I've never really warmed to George, so I celebrated by eating French Fries and drinking British style beer brewed by Americans.

LTS


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 06:13 AM

I'm only putting this here cos I can't find the one I saw the other day. Could do with a better searcher in this site.

What is going on in this country? Now we're not allowed to celebrate what is righfully ours!

Sal


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: kendall
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 06:22 AM

I will fly the flag of England. It looks like the Christian flag, so it never gets questioned.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: flaj
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 02:34 PM

Celebrating it a bit early in Morley near Leeds on Sunday 20th April.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 11:19 AM

I'll be going to St. George's Day at The Boot, Orleton, Herefordshire 7:30pm with Orleton Mummers

Sal


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,rafflesbear
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 06:09 PM

for me it's the Rising Sun in Middleton near Matlock. They've got Norcsalordie back. They were there three weeks ago and it was a belter


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: LesB
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 07:06 PM

Southport Swords dancing out in Southport as usual. Barons Bar @ the Scarisbrick Hotel Lord St, 8-30ish Windmill Seabank Rd, 9-15ish Guest House Union St 10-00 ish.
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: mouldy
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 04:57 AM

It's session night, so that's where I intend to be, in Rawcliffe.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,Anil
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 05:50 AM

I'm going to his birthplace(s) Turky, Greece etcetera and leave Billy to Bragg about his imperialist past.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Rockhen
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 05:53 AM

At the Lair in Hull (UK!) gigging with the Wild Wolds Women and Helian Keys... we will be singing Dragonslayer within our sets, because of the day...a not-meant-to-be-terribly-serious-but-not-disrespectful-(have I managed not to offend anyone?!)song about St George. Have a good day, everyone!


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 12:09 PM

Buy a can of beer, go to his statue upon his well in our castle, and take a big gulp to our mutual health.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 06:14 PM

Playing in a pub, staying off the beer as I have to drive home.. Still beats battling with dragons.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 07:06 PM

Instead of 'dancing-out' to celebrate St Georges Day, Exmoor Border will be 'dancing-in' - at our normal practice hall - with members of the local Headway Group (which supports people with head injuries and their families) as our guests. This is one of the local charities to which we have made donations recently.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Mr Red
Date: 23 Apr 08 - 02:51 AM

GUEST,Anil

I thought St George was alledgedly Lebonese - according to the most popular myth.

And wouldn't that be Phonecian in his day?

Not that that should worry us - we have Scot as Prime Minister!

Ducks and runs for cover............


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: treewind
Date: 23 Apr 08 - 03:30 AM

Sunday 27th, lunchtime onwards
John O'Gaunt, Sutton, Bedfordshire
Letchworth Morris, Baldock Midnight Morris
+ Music and singing in the pub, should be a good session

Anahata


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Gulliver
Date: 23 Apr 08 - 07:03 AM

Unfortunately I don't know of anything Georgian taking place in Dublin, so, since he came from Turkey and is also patron saint of Istanbul, I shall celebrate with a kebab--Happy St George's Day!   Don


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,LTS pretending to work
Date: 23 Apr 08 - 07:23 AM

Pretending to work... and sniffing because I have a cold.

LTS


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: Marilyn
Date: 23 Apr 08 - 07:37 AM

St George's Day Ceilidh


Friday, 25th April 2008


7:30pm to 11:30pm


Mid-Cheshire College, Hartford, Northwich, Cheshire


to raise funds for the Africa Support and Assistance Project

Music by The Time Bandits
Caller Dave Ball


Tickets in advance - £8 (£6 concessions)

includes hotpot supper

Display by the Earl of Stamford Morris

Bar available
Contact: 01606 720511 (daytime) or 07940 787031
__________________________________________________
I believe there are still a few tickets left. All my crowd are going (9 of us at least). The Time Bandits are a really excellent band and the last ceilidh I went to of theirs was such a good night we were talking about it for days afterwards. If you can make it on Friday I can highly recommend them.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 23 Apr 08 - 07:44 AM

Shooting that St George round again and hoping to improve on last year (17 misses @100yds :( )


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 24 Apr 08 - 05:39 AM

I had a brilliant night last night. Went to a local pub, advantage of that one is it's along 1 track roads all the way there over hill and down dale; not wearing a seat belt and drinking one and a half pints of Hobsons Town Crier! Anyway it was St. G's day celebrations and the local Orleton mummers and Leominster morris and Jenny Pipes ladies morris were out in force. Next came a great session with wonderful music and singing. Very rare for this part of the world, the pub was heaving. Just goest to show what can be done with some traditional entertainment . Someone in the crowd recognised me from an open mic i did last wk and was very complimentary, which made me feel a million dollars. I was asked to sing over and over! My friend, Liverpool Ken [a poet, Les Barker style] demanded i sing Polly on the Shore. I haven't sung it as a solo before so that was fun! Ah it was all just great.

Sal


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 24 Apr 08 - 06:05 AM

Apologies for any repitition - I haven't read the whole thread; It's also England's National Day and Shakespear's birth- and death-day, and SHOULD be a public holiday filled with midday Morris Dancing, Afternoon Teas, Evensongs, Shakespeare Suppers, Folk Singarounds, etc.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,Essex Girl
Date: 24 Apr 08 - 08:34 AM

Had a good night at the Tudor Barn - despite setting the fire alarm off when trying to hang the flags up. Lots of good English songs, Cheese (Cheddar) Sausages (Cumberland) and of course plenty of English Ale.


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: GUEST,WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 24 Apr 08 - 10:36 AM

Sounds great, Essex Girl...my late grandfather was from Colchester but, so far, I've never been...


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Subject: RE: St Georges Day What are you doing?
From: treewind
Date: 24 Apr 08 - 01:26 PM

We went to see Milton Morris and the Haverhill Harlots dance at the Chequers in Pampisford (S. Cambs) and had some music in the pub afterwards. Not an event worthy of headlines in the newspapers but it's doing it at all (and likewise in hundreds of villages and towns all over the country) that matters.

Anahata


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