Swanage Folk Festival - 8-9th September
Another excellent Swanage Folk Festival - congratulations to the organisers, especially David Blakeley - for providing another supurb weekend. This year, Gill, Carey and Jerry joined us at the festival for the first time. The weather, dancing, music, steam trains and ambience were all great.
Once again, the traditional guards van dances were performed - this year with assistance from Wicket Brood, of St Albans. At Corfe Castle we were joined by the English Civil War Society members who were hanging out there for the weekend.
The "highlight" was our brush with the Dorset Constabulary, when we thought we might be arrested after we refused to pay the whole bill at Mama's restaurant for appalling service (they even had the cheek to add a service charge!). This was resolved with the help of the police who did a smashing job. It gave us something to talk about for the rest of the weekend.
Performers at Swanage were: Angela, Anne, Carey, Chris, Colin, Dave K, Doug, Gill, Ian F, Ian O, Jenny, Jerry, Jill, Jim J, Jim M, Liz, Lynne, Mike, Nikki, Pam and Vera, with assistance from Adrian & Fiona, Maggie, Rob and Esther, Steve and Dave
The piccies were taken by Gill's daughter Esther, and by Mike
Not sure when it was taken, but it captures the occasion well.
the sea front
Adrian, Chris, Carey, Maggie, Gill, Ian O, Ian O, Anne
in perfect time in the procession on Saturday 8th
Honest, it wasn't posed.
From L-R: Carey, Doug, Anne (hiding behind Doug), Gill, Jim J, Ian O (trombone), Mike (drum), Ian F
doing one of the things he does best - posing on the sea
Carey and Gill are underneath him, showing they can do it too!
dancing on the trip to Corfe Castle on Swanage Railway
Dancing a very tight Sheepskins
Colin at the far end and the pretty one at this end is Barbara
the guards-van, discussing the invention of a "traditional"
guards-van dance for confined spaces that lurch about at
Jenny, Dave K, Colin and members of Wicket Brood, including the lovely Barbara
Castle on the Saturday evening after the guards-van
Dancing Brimfield with members of Wicket Brood (WB's version).
In the middle are Colin, Nikki, Jerry and Chris
|Below: Corfe Castle - The wind section
Ian F and Ian O
churchyard on Sunday morning
Dancing the Craven Stomp - the music and dance was probably the best of all the performances there - it certainly felt that way.
Dancing from L-R: Chris, Jenny, Lynne, Colin, Jill, Nikki (just visible), Jim M and Pam. Gill, Doug and Ian O are visible amongst the musicians
on the sea-front.
The men are Dave K, Jim M, Jerry (just visible) and Colin. The women assailing them are Jenny, Jill, Nikki and Chris
Sheepskins around the munchkins on the sea front. Note
the fingers and toes tucked carefully away! The worried
parents are just out of the picture.
Jerry, Chris, Lynne (headless!), Jim M
are attempting to dance East Acton - look at those lines.
Members of the audience have been coerced into the dance, including Belly Dancers and Gill's daughter Esther on the right.
Rosa's waltz on the sea front
Jerry and Chris, with others in the background.
Doug is just visible on the left of the picture
Colin having a quiet lay-down.
I had to get up - someone started to chalk an outline around me
|Carey and Jenny relaxing in the gardens near the end of the festival|
looking for that missing 5p!
Just on her way to cool off
|Colin, Gill and Ian O refreshing the parts...|
tradition at Swanage
Ian O, Colin, Gill and Chris dancing in the ocean
Dave K cool off after the last dance
The sea didn't wash off the make-up
It's not clear what the sailors thought of it all
tail end of this page - not a pretty sight!
Dave K making an ass of himself again (phone number on request).
At this point a chinese gentleman with a bicycle became ecstatic as he at last found somewhere to park it.
Merchant Navy class pacific number 35027 Port Line