About the Dragons

Morris is a traditional English folk dancing style and Brandragon is Melbourne's only north west Morris side. We travel and perform throughout Melbourne and Victoria all year round at fairs, festivals, markets, fetes and weddings. We are a fun, diverse and friendly group, all ages, genders and levels of ability are welcome. Come along to dance, play some music and have a beer (or cider) with us.

Upcoming Gigs

Brandragon can be seen at these upcoming events.

Sun 08/Jan/2017 - Lavandula Harvest Festival

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Upcoming Performances

Sunday 9th January 2011
Lavandula Harvest Festival
Come and see Brandragon at their annual performance at Lavandula.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Dragons, Red & Green

(November 2008 - February 2009) [TS]
 
Green like the ivy that is wrapped round the forehead
Of a red-faced dancer who is breathless and florid
With a waistcoat the colour of the fruit and the flower
Who hails from the Brandon raise a flagon to her Honour
Wearing dragons, Red & Green!

Oh, our foremost Dragon is so fond of her cider
Makes her eyes shine brighter, makes her scales glow greener
She a belle when a tartin’ and a hell of a ranter
But you’d best pay attention - she’s a real fire breather
When in Clifton, Red and Green.

 
Green like the ivy that is wrapped round the forehead
Of a red-faced dancer who is breathless and florid
With a waistcoat the colour of the fruit and the flower
Who hails from the Brandon raise a flagon to her Honour
Wearing Dragons’ Red & Green!

Oh, the Dragon-girls are eager to discover,
If the Cotswold-boys think they can handle just another
<shouted> “'Cos, what goes down - may come up!”
But the music lied, so hand me another
When in Clifton, Red and Green.

 
Green like the ivy that is wrapped round the forehead
Of a red-faced dancer who is breathless and florid
With a waistcoat the colour of the fruit and the flower
Who hails from the Brandon raise a flagon to her Honour
Wearing dragons, Red & Green!

Oh, find me a Dragon who can sing all the calls out
For oft it’s the Squire and sometimes the Foreman
You can count on me for Lostock it’s my favourite
With a Cast, Star, Hay, Chain, Reel, Final figure
When in Clifton, Red and Green.


Green like the ivy that is wrapped round the forehead
Of a red-faced dancer who is breathless and florid
With a waistcoat the colour of the fruit and the flower
Who hails from the Brandon raise a flagon to her Honour
Wearing Dragons’ Red & Green!
 
Well, the Dragon hatched in the heart of the Brandon,
But was formed by the clogs and the skirts of the Witches
Warmed by Brittania, kept alive in the clashing
*And *flies in the smiles and the shouts of the dancers
When in Clifton, Red and Green. [JP]


Green like the ivy that is wrapped round the forehead
Of a red-faced dancer who is breathless and florid
With a waistcoat the colour of the fruit and the flower
Who hails from the Brandon raise a flagon to her Honour
Wearing dragons, Red & Green!

Under summer sun we dance through the lavender
As autumn falls we're all cold up in Canberra
Over winter frosts our May Day is dawning
Through the spring-time fairs the Dragons are calling
When in Clifton, Red and Green. [SS]

 
Green like the ivy that is wrapped round the forehead
Of a red-faced dancer who is breathless and florid
With a waistcoat the colour of the fruit and the flower
Who hails from the Brandon raise a flagon to her Honour
Wearing dragons, Red & Green!
(final) Wearing dragons, Red & Green.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Ale deposit deadline has been extended.

We've met our minimum requirements for accommodations, but we do still have a few more seats on the bus! To snap up the last remaining seats, please get your deposit to us by this Sunday, September 6!

Details of the Ale can be found here

For inquiries, RSVP and banking details contact brandragon@morris.org.au

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

The Great Victorian Ale

October 9th, 10th and 11th, 2009.

brought to you by
Brandragon Clog Morris

with assistance from
Red Raven Morris
and Britannia Morris Men.

Come dance with Brandragon, Britannia and Red Raven, as well as sides from Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania!

Accommodation at Candlebark Farm - with heated ensuites!
Tour bus transport all weekend, with breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and dinner Saturday night provided.

The tour bus will leave the city at 8pm, and everyone is welcome to join us at the Charles Dickens Tavern (290 Collins St) from 6pm! We will be returning to Melbourne by about 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday foot-ups in Healesville include dancing on the old railway platform, farmers market and in the regenerating forest, as well as visits to the White Rabbit, the new boutique brewery and the well stocked Healesville Hotel, with foot-ups on Sunday being organised in the winery area of the Yarra Valley.

There will be an ale Saturday night, with catering organised by the famous Brandragon Catering Pty Ltd, ably assisted by the other Vic sides (and anyone else who wants to volunteer instead of drink beer!!).

$100 per head
$300 per family (2 or more children under 14).

A $40 deposit is due by September 6th, with the balance due by October 2nd.

For inquiries, RSVP and banking details contact brandragon@morris.org.au

Monday, 16 March 2009

Sounds of Music 2009, Diggers Rest

Sunday, 22 February 2009
(Delayed by the Technocracy)

Brandragon had intended to dance out in Marysville at the town's festival, but the recent fires have turned a once beautiful main street into a stark, ashen ghost of its former self. Instead, at the invitation of the Britannia Morris Men, the Dragons joined them at the Diggers Rest "Sounds of Music" on the northern outskirts of Melbourne, an event now dedicated to those affected by the bushfires.

Between performances by the Sunbury Divas and Bush Wahzee, the sides turned out for two dances each on the timber floor of the hall and were pleasantly surprised by the calls for an encore. Not wanting to impede the laying out of refreshments, we declined and made our way offstage.

Eager to dance more, we set up outside the nearby Sports Club. The Britannia Men were immediately beset by locals keen to get in on the action and bravely took two of the lads into the set and ran them through Balance the Straw, much to the amusement of the gathering crowd who shouted encouragement at the two lads as they clashed their sticks with gusto.

The crowd, impressed by these antics, invited us into the Sports Club to perform for all and sundry, where both sides were joined by the local 'fool' (who actually did a pretty good job of hamming up the action whilst staying out of the path of the dancers). A hat was passed around for charity and donations were generously forthcoming.

The afternoon concluded with a relaxed footup at 'The Terrace' in Sunbury, much to the amusement of some of the Sunbury Divas who'd escaped there after their performance.

Thankyou to the Britannia Morris Men, it was an enjoyable afternoon; a relaxed gig with bemused, appreciative audiences. As ever, special thanks go to the lucky lass who played the role of the Rose for BMM.