Eight dancers and six musicians headed East to Canberra to join the Morris contingent at the National Folk Festival. We joined five other sides including Black Joak, Belswagger, Britannia and Surly Griffins and had great fun over the four days of the festival. Good feedback was received from our peers about Marlee’s first appearance at the National Folk Festival. For some videos – see Videos and for some photos – see NFF 2019 Photo
The big news for Marlee Morris is that we are going to be a “Display Side” at the 2019 National Folk Festival which is held in Canberra at Easter. The Australian Morris Ring organises the Morris Dancing part of the Folk Festival. Six sides are normally chosen with three sides being display sides and three being busking sides. The display sides have to provide a half hour display and a one hour workshop as well as doing other “busking” spots around the festival. Joining us in Canberra are Belswagger Morris Dancers, Britannia Morris, Black Joak Morris, Fair Maids of Perth (& Sons), and Surly Griffin Morris For more see National Folk Festival Performance
We have also been invited to dance at a Wedding. Naturally I cannot disclose too many details but it is still exciting to be able to be part of such a joyous occasion.
Merry Christmas to all.
It has been a good start to our time as a new side in Perth. Since announcing the new side we have done the following:
- Danced in Sydney at the National Ale
- Danced at the Down South Tour
- Danced at the Fair Maids of Perth 40th Anniversary Ale
- Completed our first paid gig
- Danced at Perth Morris Men’s Christmas gathering
Looking forward to a great 2019
We were approached by the Australia Britain Society to perform for their Summer Afternoon Tea. It was an enjoyable gig and our first paid gig. For some photos – see Photos
October has been a busy month. On the 13th and 14th we helped the Fair Maids of Perth celebrate their 40th Anniversary at their Ale. For some photos see – Fair Maids of Perth Ale
A while back we became aware that there is a Marlee Pavilion in Kings Park and thought we should have a photo opportunity there and combine it with some drinks and nibbles. We also decided to have a little foot up at the near by Matilda Bay. It could be considered as our official launch. For some photos see – Matilda Bay and Marlee Pavilion
(Almost) annually the Perth Morris Men hold a Down South Tour based at Yallingup. During the weekend we visited and danced at Dunsborough Shopping Centre, Bush Shack Brewery, Caves House Hotel, Cowaramup Brewery and Bootleg Brewery. The Breweries generously provided liquid refreshment to thirsty Morris persons. For some photos – see DS2018
Four Marlee Morris persons made the trip to Sydney to attend the National Ale. It was a thoroughly well organised Morris event starting off in the Rocks area of Sydney featuring some “foot ups” at various iconic Sydney locations. For an idea of the fun – see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsLUeaQ6lv4&t=2s which was a workshop on a dance called “Hadrian’s Wall”. For some photos see – Photos
For our videos see National Ale 2018
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