Thanks to all who made the National Folk Festival a huge success this year. Once again a fantastic time was had by all; dancing, singing and folking with sides from all around Australia.
We danced a great set on the Piazza and met our first true Morris fan-girl at the workshop while teaching Ducks in the Privy. Tara was so keen that she jumped up to dance ''Maid of the Mill' with Britannia and Adelaide Morris men and she even collected our signatures on her program when we met her at a Contra dance later in the festival!
The Massed Morris looked fantastic this year with up to six sides at once getting up to dance their own traditions or variations of a well known dance. It's a great sight to behold 40 dancers waving sets of sticks or hankies, in time with a massed orchestra of musos. As Graeme noted, it gives a real impression of the scale of Morris at the festival. Morris is not just a small group of dancers wandering around performing at different spots, it's a large group of dancers who have a great contribution to make to the festival.
With St George's day in the middle of the festival this year it was great to get the Dragon out again, with the Ragged Band Border side bringing along a member dressed as St George for a parade about the festival site. We danced a Churchtown processional with Albion Fair (Sydney) and South-East Northwest (Brisbane/Toowoomba) accompanied by the Ragged Band (Brisbane) and other street performers from the festival in a parade of costumes and music.The highlight of which would have to be the photogenic, costumed small children helping to carry the Dragon's tail.
Thankyou to our musos, especially those who juggled multiple commitments to play for us and congratulations to everyone for the great feedback we got this year;
I've seen a lot of English Northwest sides and you guys are really good... I love seeing you put so much energy and enthusiasm into your dancing... You manage to be inclusive and maintain a great standard.
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.
Brandragon can be seen at these upcoming events.
Sun 08/Jan/2017 - Lavandula Harvest Festival