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Thread #103732   Message #2116847
Posted By: treewind
01-Aug-07 - 05:25 PM
Thread Name: Morris segregation
Subject: RE: Morris segregation
I went on a trip to Germany with White Horse Morris from Wiltshire some years ago. Our hosts there were a local German dance group who do complex couple and set dances rather like fancy version of our ceilidh and social dances, but in costume as a street display. They invariably used recorded music played though a ghetto-blaster. We thought this was odd, and they were very impressed that we had live music.

It brought home to me the value of our tradition that that, however incompetent the musicians, we always have live music for morris dancers. Don't knock it, though it's a bonus when the musicians are good as well, and it's a great challenge even for a good musician to do it really well.

By the way, on that German tour there we had an 18 year old lad with a big mop of dark hair, playing fiddle and English concertina some of the time. His name: John Dipper!