Come! Watch and join Seabright Morris and Sword
It would be unfair to say that there are no rules about how to join
us, but it would be unfair to say that there are any rules about how
to join us. We are neither big nor organized enough for absolutes.
The text from our 1995 recruitment flyer
Feel free to contact us and get
more information about what we are doing.
In general, Cotswold beginners have started with us in the autumn and
practiced until spring to get it all figured out. However dedicated
beginners have started as late as January and done fine. For
beginners who are ready to be initiated there is a Kit Sewing Party
(usually during March) which immediately precedes the spring dancing
The best arrangement is to visit and meet us at practice during
the summer months and get involved with a personal tutor to help
during the first few weeks.
Joining at other seasons is possible, but we don't perform
much outside the spring.
Sword requires more cooperation the Cotswold. The team becomes tightly
linked during the practice and performance.
Seabright's sword team is newer and smaller, and has even fewer
precedents and procedures than the Cotswold. At present it's
possible to join sword at any time.
A distinguishing feature of the morris is that it is uniformly
danced to live music. Musicians who love to play lively folk
tunes are very precious. New musicians who would like to perform
with the team may show up at any time and practice alongside the existing
fiddlers and pipers. While it's not a fast-track to success, quite a few
good morris musicians have proceeded on to world-wide folk fame.
The cunning plan
Given those disclaimers, this is the plan for 1996-7: July is
sword practice on Wednesdays. August and September are off due to Northern
RPF and the need for a break. October starts up Cotswold practice
on Wednesdays and sword/mumming/singing on Sundays. November and December
Cotswold practices are open to any beginners. February thru May
are intense Cotswold.
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Steve Allen <firstname.lastname@example.org>