At the 10th Clogfest
in Skipton - 9th July 2011. "Depping" as musician for
The New Spice Girls. With thanks to Rob Furniss, their melodeonist,
for help with the tunes.
Clogarhythm at the 10th
Clogfest in Skipton - 9th July 2011.
My first performance with the Knaresborough
Mummers as the "King of Egypt" at Hubberholme in Wharfedale.
A rare shot of the short-lived Hornblower
Morris who were based in Ripon. Dancing at Fearby, near Masham,
on 26th April 1981 - snow still on the ground!
Easter 2010 : 2nd
April to 5th April
I never really expected to get a certificate
when I attended the Fenland Tunes Workshop - the very first folk
workshop run at Gleanings
Rural Study Centre in Shropshire - but then this was a weekend
full of delightful surprises.
Humphreys and Anahata taught a variety of Fenland tunes with
their customary skill and expertise including several from the manuscript
of William Clark from Feltwell.
There was a great bunch of folk on
the course, including Peter and Lyn Law, who brought along the original
William Clark manuscript. We all got on together very well.
Gleanings is in a stunning location
with views across open countryside towards the Stiperstones.
Our hosts, John and Yvonne Hart, provided
wonderful food, friendly hospitality, guided walks and even arranged
a meet up with musicians at the Miners Arms at Priestweston on the
Saturday Night. Then on Sunday they organised a session with some
local folk singers and musicians at Gleanings.
Highly recommended - have
a look at their programme.
Kitsyke Will at the Knaresborough
Folk Club - held in the Stable Bar of the Royal Oak, Bond End,
Knaresborough. From left to right - Bob Thomas, Peadar Long, Chas
Marshall and Tony Bayliss. November 1975.
Another shot of Kitsyke Will in November
1975, this time at the Harefield Hall in Pateley Bridge. Performing
"the Kerry Recruit".
Pomfret Morris dancing
in front of York Minster on a tour with the Shropshire Bedlams and
Martha Rhoden's Tupenny Dish. The exact date in not known - about
Insword Reunion at The Ferry in Alveston,
Saturday 20th February 2010. From left to right: Brian, Sue Goo,
Marian, Jen, Sue Gr, Chas, Jill and Sally
A Royal moment Sunday 1st June 1986.
The Queen Mother visited Ripon during the City's 1100th charter
anniversary celebrations. Ripon City Morris Dancers performed
an unscheduled dance display at Fountains Abbey at the request
of the Queen Mother, after she had spotted our flower-trimmed
hats in the crowds.
The White Boys Play,
Knaresborough Edwardian Sunday, December 2004
"In comes I,
Doctor Brown, a pox doctor I, of high renown, to unpleasant cases
"I have here in my pocket a little syringe!"
With Paul Freeman outside the Crown
at Grewelthorpe on Monday 6th June 2005. The occasion of my 400th
public performance with Ripon City Morris Dancers. At the same
time the team was enjoying its 458th outing - but who is counting?!
Team Captain, Ted Dodsworth, probably completed his 400 slightly
I should have taken up the fiddle,
because playing the concertina seems as if it makes my brain hurt!
Rose Morris Men's Nidderdale tour 4th July 2009. Photos courtesy