Chippenham Folk Festival
30 May 2004
OBJ missed the 2003 festival but put in an appearance in 2004.
We had an excellent days dancing on the Sunday, including the exhausting stage performance near the end of the day, and liked it so much that some of us came back in civvies for the Monday.
The highlight was probably when Witchmen suggested we dance the "Witchmens Thistle" at the Rose&Crown spot. They were very kind about the results.
The team comprised: Abi, Anne, Bob, Chris, Colin, Dave, Gill, Ian, Jenny, Jill, Linda, Mike G, Mike S, Pam, Tiff, Vera
|Well, how are we going to make a morris team out of this lot?|
Rose & Crown spot
Getting ready to dance something-or-other
Linda, Colin, Abi and Mike G in the foreground.
Anne, Gill and Pam prepare to play, assisted by Vera and Bob.
This looks like the chorus in White Ladies Aston
Jenny and Tiff in the foreground.
Witchmen look on
Tiff, Abi, Linda and Chris in the cross-over figure
Colin and Chris (left), Jenny, Abi and Mike G (right)
Linda, Tiff and Mike G
|Sheepskins in the High Street (above)
Colin and Tiff at this end of the set
|Dave and Jenny|
|Chris and Abi|
We generally prefer not to dance on stages as morris should be done amongst the audience.
Colin introduces the first dance and Henry (our banner-bearer). The others wait in eager anticipation
|White Ladies Aston on the stage
The chorus (above left) and linked-hey figure (above right)
band on the stage
Abi, Bob, Anne, Gill, Pam, Ian
Mike and Vera are just outside the picture
standard way of ending the day when Wicket Brood is with
A double set of Worcester Monkey
Probably the best dance at the festival
|Above left: Jenny and Abi doing
Above right: Abi: "Dave, don't you love me any more?"
integral part of Witchmens performance.
I don't know what he/she/it is called
Monday, some of us were watching (and heckling) Wicket
At an opportune moment, many of Wicket Broods dancers developed a headache and the audience was asked for "volunteers" to help them out with a Worcester Monkey.
Jenny, Colin, Chris and Tiff stepped forward.
picture from the same dance.
Chris is most visible.
|Tiff and David finish off the Monkey Hey (or is it Hay?) at the end of the dance.|