2015 Scrapbook

Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth
30th-31st May 2015

Back to Weymouth for another Folk Festival. What could be finer!

Well, the weather forecast could have been finer for a start - but as it turned out, the Saturday was wonderful and after a bit of a grizzle in the morning (causing a retreat to the Kings Arms), the Sunday turned out quite nicely.

Probably the nicest spot was Sunday afternoon, which we shared with a team of Irish dancers from Yetminster.  Yetminster? Where on earth is that?  Evidently it's near Yeovil. As one of the girls explained, it's where the Yeti's band came from - well that clarifies that!

The photos are from a variety of sources, including Helen Jones (thank you) and Penny from Yetminster Irish. 

OBJ comprised: Andy, Ann, Chris, Claudia, Colin, Emma, Ian, Jason, Joe, Kelly(Sat), MaryAnn, MikeG, Pegeen, Sarah, Tony and Vera
with a little help from Jess, Richard and any other musicians willing to join in

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30th-31st May 2015
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth

Dance: Bay Horse

Dancers: Ann, Claudia, Emma, Ian, Mike G, Tony

Musicians: Colin, Joe (boxes), Vera, Kelly (drums), Jason (Eunice)

Camera: Chris


30th-31st May 2015
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth

Dance: Brimfield

Dancers: Ann/Claudia (tag-teaming), Emma, Ian, Mike G, Sarah, Tony

Musicians: Colin, Joe (boxes), Vera, Kelly (drums), Jason (Eunice), MaryAnn (fiddle), Pegeen (tambourine)

Camera: Chris

30th-31st May 2015
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth

Dance: Much Gridlock

Dancers: Andy, Ann, Claudia, Emma, Ian, MaryAnn, Mike G, Pegeen

Musicians: Colin, Joe (boxes), Vera, Kelly (drums), Jason (Eunice)

Camera: Chris

30th-31st May 2015
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth

Dance: Tide (Just as the tide was a'flowin)

Dancers: Ann, Claudia, Emma, Ian, MaryAnn, Mike G, Sarah, Tony

Musicians: Colin, Joe (boxes), Vera, Kelly (drums), Jason (Eunice)

Camera: Chris


The band. Probably at the tea shop spot

Colin and Joe seem to be in conference, MaryAnn is fiddling, Vera is drumming and Jason is playing Eunice.  Andy, Claudia and Pegeen are clustering and I've no idea what Jess is doing!

Can't work out which dance this is, but Sarah and Ann are in the foreground
Dilwyn up at the Kings Arms spot

Jess and Sarah are nearest, then on this side are Ian, Pegeen, Claudia and Andy

It could be any dance

But I liked the camera angle that picked out Joe nicely
Hay-on-Wye at the tea room spot

Pegeen, Tony and MikeG are facing Andy, Ian and Sarah

Possibly Bay Horse, being played about as fast as I can play it.

Ann, Emma and Tony are nearest

Emma had a strong reaction to something in the air, so she quickly un-blacked to sort her eyes out.
Hay-on-Wye again

MaryAnn passes Pegeen in the inside-out figure

Bay Horse at the tea shop spot

Ann and Sarah are nearest

"Tide" (Just as the tide was a'flowin)

Emma and Claudia on the left, and Sarah and MikeG on the right

Dilwyn comes to an end, at the Old Rooms Inn spot

Ann, Emma, MikeG and Andy on this side
Hay-one-Wye at the tea room

Richard joined in the music for some of the dances

A very good picture of our sticks - being used for  Hay-on-Wye

Pegeen is facing Tony
Not sure which dance this is

Members of Wild Hunt look on - some more approvingly than others.

Ann, Sarah and Emma are in the foreground

On the Sunday we shared a spot with Yetminster Irish, which turned out very well.

We persuaded them to join us in an East Acton which probably attracted the largest audience at the festival.

Their ages ranged from about 5 to 16 and this was the smallest. She did very well!
They all seemed to enjoy themselves

This little girl found it hysterically funny to be dancing with grown-ups.

Emma and Ian sticking with their little counterparts.
As is customary, the musicians all entered the circle for the final figure

Here are some of the older girls in their blue dresses - they seemed to enjoy it

In return the Yetminster dancers asked us to join in with one of their dances.

Here we are in a nice long set doing just that

And here are Colin and Claudia with their partners

Another band picture

Colin, Joe and Kelly
Jess atop one of the convenient rubbish bins

Ann and Claudia consuming Happy Slapper and Leg Wobbler.

No further comment required!
And here are the same pair - I suspect after their dip in the sea

Ian, Emma, Andy and Joe relax in the sunshine
Little Anna and her mum

Another band picture, including musicians recruited from Wild Hunt.
Sarah, MaryAnn and Jess.

Jess had been in the sea earlier that day so had changed out of her wet OBJ kit.

It's hard to imagine that just a few years ago, trains ran through the arch just to the right of the bridge.

Jess with a little dot who was attached to one of the other teams - possibly Festus Derriman

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