This week the year's complement of dancing events begins - at least for me. I'm going to a school hall in Hampshire to see bunch of morris sides from across the south, many of whom I hadn't heard of despite the many events last year.
|Twelve morris men... who will know what I got wrong!|
I'd like to get the quirks and character down in ink on paper. Sketching at an event is a laudable aim but not for me and not for a night of drink and dance. What I like better is a good stint of research and time to think of things to pick out and fit in.
Here's my page showing the sides who I was told may be represented on the night. I combed through pictures and group websites for the specifics of each group's kit and colours. The result is a bunch of made-up figures, not real people from photos.
Bonus list: some of the best names of dances from Lionel Bacon's "A Handbook Of Morris Dances", known as "The Black Book":
Bare-footed QuakerBluff King HalBuffoonCaptain With His WhiskersCurly-headed PloughboyDevil Among The TailorsGallant HussarHunting The SquirrelLollipop ManLumps Of Plum PuddingOld Woman Tossed Up In A BlanketRoast BeefShave The DonkeySwaggering BoneyThree Jolly Black SheepskinsTravel By SteamWalk Of The 2d PostmanWebley Twizzle