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As has been the case with all dance teams, this year’s dance programme was decimated by the Lockdown, with all performances cancelled. We were looking forward to a busy dance season, which would have included performing locally and in Marsden, Holmfirth, Scarborough, Lytham St Annes, Whitby, Settle and Poulton le Fylde.

As holders of the Yorkshire Coast Morris’ Gordon Crowther Staff in 2019, we would normally have handed it over to the 2020 winners at the Scarborough Weekend of Dance in early July. Of course this was not possible this year, and the winning team was chosen virtually from on-line submissions of performances. Newburgh Morris were the winners and Helen recently made the trip to Lancashire to hand over the Staff.

 

We’ve kept in touch via WhatsApp and enjoyed a couple of socially distanced picnics – one in Roberts Park, Saltaire and one in Marsden Park, where we toasted Mac’s “special” birthday. During August we took advantage of the light evenings to meet up and practice – socially distancing of course – in Roberts Park. It was wonderful to dance with each other again. There’s no knowing when we’ll all be performing again but let’s hope that it won’t be too long.

Winning the Scarborough Staff

FIDDLE ‘N’ FEET 2020 DANCE OUTS

FIDDLE ‘N’ FEET 2020 DANCE OUTS

Easter Monday, 13th April
Flagcrackers, Skipton

Saturday, 25th April
Cuckoo Day, Marsden

We return to share Marsden’s annual celebration to welcome the return of the cuckoo.

Saturday, 9th May
Holmfirth Festival

Saturday, 13th June
Bingley Canal Festival

Friday, 3rd – Sunday, 5th July
Yorkshire Coast Morris Weekend of Dance, Scarborough
In 2019 were delighted to win the Gordon Crowther Staff which is awarded to the team who show the most “spirit of the dance”.

Thursday, 9th July
Oddfellows Society, Baildon

Friday, 21st – Sunday, 23rd August
Whitby Folk Festival

Saturday, 5th September
Settle Folk Gathering

Saturday, 12th September
Singleton Cloggers Day of Dance, Poulton le Fylde

sheffield

Feet First’s Dance Display “All About the Feet”

Feet First’s Dance Display “All About the Feet”

Sheffield Winter Gardens

For the final event of the season, we were very proud to be invited to join Feet First, arguably the UK’s best Appalachian dance team, in their Dance Display in the beautiful Winter Gardens in Sheffield along with Clogarhythm and Cricket On The Hearth.

With very appreciative audiences throughout the day, we enjoyed dancing and socialising with the other teams.

Sadly it was the last dance out for our musicians of over 20 years standing, Paul and Rita. Following a speech and presentation of flowers, we danced as they played “Laughing Boy” for the last time – very emotional for us all. We will miss Paul and Rita, but look forward to the soon to be held farewell meal when we’ll all get together and wish them a fond farewell.

Winning the Scarborough Staff

Summer 2019 Update

Thursday, 20th June

Dancing at the Bandstand in Roberts Park with Buttercross Belles

A lovely summer’s evening – we enjoyed dancing with several other teams in such a lovely spot.

Friday to Sunday, 21 – 23rd June

Yorkshire Coast Weekend, Scarborough

Although several members of the team have enjoyed participating in this event in Scarborough in the past as part of Rainbow Morris, it was a first for Fiddle ‘n’ Feet.  At the pub get together on Friday evening, we joined several other teams for an evening of music and socializing.  It was great to be able to catch up with old friends.  We did some impromptu dancing on the lovely wooden floor – we went down very well!

Saturday morning saw all teams gathering in Peaseholme Park.  We enjoyed dancing in such lovely surroundings.  We danced by the harbour in the afternoon to an appreciative crowd.  At the evening ceilidh we enjoyed home made food prepared by our hosts and a few ceilidh dances.  Musician Mac was persuaded to sing his popular “Lidl Aldi” song.  Unbeknown to him, we dancers had prepared a skit – holding up various drawings of items of merchandise behind him as he mentioned them (inflatable dinghy, hairy bacon….!).  It went down a storm.

Scarborough Castle was the setting for Sunday morning – a wonderful place with fantastic views.  In the afternoon, all teams met at the harbour for more dancing, including their showcase dances.  Then came the annual presentation of the Gordon Crowther Staff, awarded to the team who showed the most “spirit of the dance”.  WE WON IT!!!!  How proud were we!  We all then processed on to the beach to dance the Dorset Four Hand Reel as usual, following which dancers from all teams formed a circle around the musicians to sing Auld Lang Syne.  At last – the run into the sea!  Helen B had provided blue short leggings to tuck our dresses into and had made gorgeous blue sparkly handkerchiefs for us all – we joined hands and the run began, followed by a “splash about” rendition of the Circle Dance!

We had a wonderful weekend and look forward to returning next year.  “Gordon” will have a great year, being wielded proudly at dance outs.

Sunday, 30th June

Performance at Hale Charity’s Open Gardens Charity Day, Baildon

Following our performance in Baildon Community Garden, we enjoyed refreshments at one of the Open Gardens in the village.

Monday, 26th August

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Haworth and The Royal Public House, Crossflatts

On Bank Holiday Monday, we performed at the KWVR Haworth, followed by an evening’s dancing at “The Royal” in Crossflatts.

Saturday, 7th September

Settle Folk Gathering

It was nice once again to meet and dance in the square with our friends from various teams.

Saturday, 28th September

Mucky Mountains Morris Weekend of Dance, St Helens

At the start of the day we once again enjoyed refreshments in the Quaker Meeting Rooms – the oldest building in St Helens.  Although the terrible weather forced us indoors, we were lucky to have the opportunity to dance with several other teams in the Glass Museum.  At one point musicians from several teams took advantage of the “echo” quality of the large disused kiln which now forms part of the entrance to the museum.  The music they produced was magical.  Lunch in the café was also good!

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Saturday, 27th April – Cuckoo Day, Marsden

Monday, 6th May – Skipton Waterways Festival

Saturday, 11th May – Holmfirth Festival

Saturday, 25th May – Leeds Morris Men’s Yorkshire Dales Tour – Skipton/Malham

Saturday, 7th June – Kern Morris Day of Dance, Durham

 

We are really enjoying dancing out this season, despite the dreadful weather.  Of the five dance outs completed so far – none have been rain free but all have been extremely enjoyable.  We’ve managed to dodge the showers and have danced inside pubs etc.  We’re looking forward to experiencing at least one “dry” performance (as in rain free, not beer, wine …!)

FIDDLE ‘N’ FEET 2019 DANCE OUTS

FIDDLE ‘N’ FEET 2019 DANCE OUTS

 

SATURDAY, 27 APRIL

CUCKOO DAY

MARSDEN

 

SATURDAY, 11 MAY

DAY OF DANCE

HOLMFIRTH

 

SATURDAY, 8 JUNE

KERN MORRIS

DURHAM

 

FRIDAY 21ST – SUNDAY 23 JUNE

YORKSHIRE COAST WEEKEND OF DANCE

SCARBOROUGH

SATURDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER

FOLK GATHERING

SETTLE

 

SATURDAY, 28TH SEPTEMBER

MUCKY MOUNTAINS MORRIS

ST HELENS

SATURDAY, 5TH OCTOBER

FEET FIRST

SHEFFIELD

MUCKY MOUNTAINS MORRIS WEEKEND OF DANCE – SATURDAY, 29TH SEPTEMBER

We enjoyed a great last dance out of the season on Saturday when we joined Mucky Mountains during their weekend of dance. Along with four other guest teams we danced around St Helens and enjoyed good weather and appreciative audiences. Mucky Mountains made us very welcome, with refreshments being served in the Quaker Meeting House (a lovely building) at the beginning and end of the day. The home-made cakes were delicious – setting us up well for the journey home. It was great to meet up with old friends, the weather was good to us and we all agreed that it was a fitting end to what has been a fantastic season.

Singleton Cloggers Day of Dance – Poulton le Fylde 

Saturday, 8th September 2018

Although there was heavy rain for most of the day, we really enjoyed our annual trip to Poulton le Fylde to join Singleton and several other teams for their Day of Dance.  It was obvious that no outdoor dancing would be possible, but despite that we had a most enjoyable day – due mainly to Singleton’s efforts in locating indoor venues where we could all perform, including a pub and the Community Centre.  We were very well looked after, it was nice to catch up with old friends from other teams and we all agreed that it was a great day out including Rascal, Paul and Rita’s dog, who managed to stay dry.

Pictures from Dance out at Settle

Here are some pictures from our Settle Dance Out on the 1st of September.

annual settle folk gathering

Annual Settle Folk Gathering 

Saturday, 1st September 2019

Annual Settle Folk Gathering 

Once again we enjoyed a great day out in Settle where, as guests of Flagcrackers of Craven, we danced with seven other teams in the Market Square and the Millennium Gardens.  The weather was very kind to us and the crowds were appreciative and enthusiastic.

annual settle folk gathering