Better late than never! In January we were pleased to return to Whittlesey for our third Straw Bear Festival.
After an industrious Friday night in the pub putting the final touches to our new kit, we were pleased to debut it on several dancers on Saturday. Well done to squire Fi and her mum for their hard work making our smart new tunics!
We followed the bear (and the adorable baby bear) in a procession to the town centre, then spent the rest of the cold but sunny day dancing at spots around Whittlesey and catching up with other teams and folky friends.
You can see more photos from the day in our Flickr stream. Many thanks to the Straw Bear organisers for another great festival, and we hope to return in 2016.
Summertown had a splendid time at this years Oxford folk weekend, the scene of our first dance out 2 years ago! We kicked off by dancing outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History with Eynsham morris. As it was just the two of us, we cracked out all of our dances! One of our most enjoyable (tiring) dances is Maid in the Mill, in the Wheatley tradition. Check out the video here! We’ll be adding some more photos and videos in the next few days. Until then, come and watch us at May Day tomorrow morning! c. 6:15am in Radcliffe Square.
For the second year, Summertown headed to the Fens for a weekend of dancing. Several new members took part in their first procession through town, and we made it into a video here (at 1:31).
Processing through Whittlesea
We had a lovely time dancing around the Market place and various pubs, joined for the first time in Whittlesea by our new Animal, Chris.
Wheatley stick dance in the back of The Boat
We even managed to get a photo with the bear himself before his downfall the next day.
The Strawbear and Summertown Morris
After visiting our favourite italian restaurant in Cambridgeshire, and celebrating the birthday of our newest member Victoria, we headed to the Letter B for a bit more dancing with White Rose.
With our extra members this year, we also had the pleasure of performing at the Sunday concert. After three dances, we decided that it would be best to allow our hardworking musician Jack to show off his gallying. To round off the weekend, we made it to the bear burning this year, after being too distracted by the hog roast last time.
Happy New Year from Summertown Morris!
Summertown performed the half time spot at this year’s Folk for MS Ceilidh, a joint event between White Horse Ceildhs and Folk for M.S. We had lovely time dancing to the Geckoes and it was great to support a good cause!
Performing Mrs Casey at half time
Summertown made their second appearance at Chippenham Festival on May 26th. We performed a lot of our Wheatley dances, and found some more archaeological morris dancers at the pub! Splendid.
Summertown had a lovely but chilly day dancing at Abingdon at Mr Hemmings Day of Dance. After dancing/drinking our way to the Market Place, we took part in the massed dance, before dancing back along Ock Street. It was great to meet some local sides and those from further afield! There’s a nice mention of us on the Abingdon Blog and check out the youtube video for aerial footage (we’re the ones in blue)!
Summertown trying to warm up in between dances!
Summertown took part in the Oxford May Day celebrations, dancing at Radcliffe Square, Catte Street, Broad Street, St Johns, Teddy Hall, the Ashmoleon and finally in North Parade! We had a great time and met plenty of new friends.
Summertown dancing Wheatley Trunkles in Radcliffe Square
Lollipop Man in Catte Street