Sunday, December 1, 2013

Picnic in the Edinburgh Gardens

Come join us for the annual Christmas picnic in the Edinburgh Gardens.
You'll find us by the rotunda, near the Mr Tumnus lampost. (Alternately, we're near the bowls club.)
6:30pm onwards, bring a plate to share. Brandragon catering corps should be in fine form.
Dragons please wear kit, The Squire has spoken.
See you all there... with bells on...

Monday, May 20, 2013

New practice venue

We practice every Monday night at the South Melbourne Community Centre,  Ferrars Pl South Melbourne, near corner of Ferrars St and Park St (

You can catch the number 112 tram and get off at stop 129-Park St/Clarendon St which is a short walk to the hall . If you're driving there's normally plenty of parking.

Practice starts at 8pm in the room to the right, passed the kitchen. Follow the sound of laughter, melodeons and records.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Kellybrook Cider Festival 2013

Come along and enjoy the cider and scrumpy. We'll be there in one guise or another, dancing with the Britannia Morris Men.

May Day 2013

For anyone who slept through it, it was a beautiful sunrise on Wednesday morning.
A special thank you to Marilla's friend Leanne who came along and took some stunning photos of us in the early light:

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sydney Road Street Festival

Performing this Sunday, 4th March,
at the Sydney Road Street Festival
2:10pm on the Community Stage,
cnr Sydney Rd & Michael St.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Steam Ale is upon us!

This Saturday will see us enjoying a day trip on Puffing Billy, dancing in the beautiful surrounds of the Dandenongs, from Belgrave to Lakeside and back to the Paradise Hotel in Clematis.
On Sunday afternoon, come find us at the Micawber Tavern in Belgrave.

Special thanks go to the Mountain Goat brewery for their sponsorship this year, offering us a keg of their own Steam Ale to assist with the festivities on Saturday night.

Saturday, 26th November
10am: Puffing Billy station in Belgrave, dancing on platform.
10:30am: Depart Belgrave on Puffing Billy.
11:30am: Arrive Lakeside for a short dance spot.
12:30pm: Depart Lakeside on Puffing Billy. .
12:40pm: Arrive Clematis. Dance around a bit.
Lunch at the Paradise Hotel, followed by more dancing.
4:45pm: Depart Clematis on Puffing Billy. .
5:30pm: Arrive in Belgrave.
Some dancing in Belgrave whilst folks are shuttled back to Mt Morton camp for the Ale proper.

Sunday, 27th November
12:30 til the publican cries 'Out!'
Wedge in at the Micawber Tavern, Belgrave.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I met a man in Beechworth...

I met a man in Beechworth...
He saw us rant and caper
"I read about a dance like this
in a little Cornish paper."

"In fact I have a copy of it
Purchased by my sister
Write me down your address and
I'll mail it 'you, young Mister."

And sure enough, here it is,
though I look at it askance,
For what on earth would make them call it
The Helston Furry Dance?

Excuse the doggerel, I was inspired after writing the title of the update.
I truly did meet a man in Beechworth, named Ken, who was kind enough to tell us we looked like we were having a great time and he'd enjoyed watching us dance.

"You folk really enjoy what you do. It shows.
Best wishes, to you and the group.
Ken T"

He mentioned that his sister had been to Cornwall and purchased a pamphlet in a little Cornish town called Helston and it described the traditions of the Helston Furry Dance, traditionally performed on May 8th to celebrate the triumph of St Michael over the Devil in a battle for the town. It's a grand processional through the town, with a song to be sung by the choir at various points about town.
"In his Tour through the whole island of Great Britain (1724-1726) Daniel Defoe observes of the Helston custom that "The Festival is called the Furry and the dance the Faddy."
"Furry possibly relates to the Latin 'feria' - a holy day or feast day."

Thankyou Ken, I'll be posting a letter to you tomorrow to thank you for your thoughtful gift.

For anyone who'd like to see the pamphlet, I'll bring it along to practice on Monday.

The Helston Furry Dance
with Map and Illustrations

by Edward M. Cunnack
Published by the Flora Day Association and Stewards of the Helston Furry Dance.

P.S. Brewer, Helston