Having had so much fun dancing out on Whit Monday with Headington Quarry Morris Dancers, and again with them in August, we were delighted to be invited to join their annual Ale and Feast. As the first ever female side to have been invited to do so, it was perhaps a little daunting, but we had a lovely evening. Other guests included Moulton Morris Men, Mr. Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers, Thaxted Morris, Ravensbourne Morris (among whom is the Treasurer of the Morris Ring, Steve Archer), Winchester Morris, and Eynsham Morris ( I think that’s it! Comment if I missed anyone out…).
We’ve not been to all that many Ales thus far, but we had a lovely evening. We were made to feel very welcome without too much being made of the fact that we were the only 6 women in the room (no mean feat on anyone’s part!), and greatly enjoyed the other sides’ contributions to the evening, including some very fine jigging from Headington Quarry’s new members and Bagman, beautiful singing from our own Jackie Oates, and, of course, lots of dancing from everyone too. We contributed a dance of our own, too, a four-woman version of Valentine (a favourite of ours, video below). We were very flattered to be told we were among the best dancing of the evening, which is high praise indeed bearing in mind the other sides in the room!
That’s all for now – we’re busy practising for a few events over the winter, including Whittlesea Straw Bear and a possible event or two in Oxford, but we look forward to dancing in warmer weather very soon! Until then, our dance from last night is below, and we hope you enjoy it.