Yes the 2017 programme kicks off in customary style with a fine display of traditional Cotswold Morris at the Plough in Redhill to celebrate St George’s Day. The Plough excelled themselves this year with a live band and a fine feast for hungry dancers. Thank you.
And let us not also forget it is also Shakespeare’s birthday. The bard wrote: “…let us [fight] with no show of fear;
No, with no more than if we heard that England
Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance…”
May England always be busied with a Morris Dance, whatever time of year…!
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- Mummers Play at Dorking Folk Club
- Boxing Day
- ESMM Ring Meeting
More to follow…
Monday 19th evening
We will be dancing at the Hope in Carshalton with our friends Black Swan at 8pm.
Come along and enjoy a seasonal night of contrasting, complementary Morris.
Tuesday 20th evening
ESMM’s annual carol singing evening. This year in aid of London Air Ambulance. See below or Upcoming Events for further details.
- 8pm Sportsman – Mogador KT20 7ES
- 9pm Black Horse – West Street, Reigate RH2 9JZ
- 10pm The Plough – Redhill Common RH1 6QE
Come along, have a great time and help support a worthy cause.
Our Ring Meeting is almost upon us.
Full details of where to find us to spectate are detailed in our See Us pages.
We have as our guests the following sides;
Put it in your diaries and come along
Rain stopped play…🙁 Nice weather for ducks, at least….
But undaunted, East Surrey press on to provide some entertainment and light relief amidst the diluvian conditions in Carshalton, at one of our favourite watering holes, The Hope. (Although, looking at the picture, clearly some people were still disappointed there would be no dancing…!)
“And why,” I was asked in the pub that evening, “Is it that everyone makes so much about St Patrick but does nothing for St George?”
“Well…” I offered tentatively, “It may be not so much a sign of the veneration proffered the respective beatified personages as to slick marketing by Guinness…” Although I had hoped a more low-brow refutation was available in the form of the plastic, St George’s bowler hat I was wearing.
Either way, East Surrey Morris Men are proud to play their part in honouring the Saint who is coming more and more to represent not England’s war interests but her identity in a multi-cultural world.
And what better way than a bit of traditional, Cotsold Morris dancing…?
ESMM wowed audiences at the Fox, Caterham, then the Harrow, Caterham finishing at the Hare and Hounds, Godstone. Crowds came out on a beautiful, if windy at times afternoon, to watch a varied selection of traditional entertainment; Morris dancing followed by a Mummers Play.
Here are a few photos from the day. There are more in the 2015 Gallery.
Our closing song to an appreciative audience at the Hare & Hounds, Godstone.
Duncan taking one for the Play (again).
Mummers play in full swing.
Camera in camera of George killing the Dragon.
Vandals of Hammerwich
Christmas Quaker at the Fox, Coulsdon Common.
“Any one seen a pack of hounds?”.