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GUEST, Topsie 22 Apr 06 - 02:11 AM
Folkiedave 22 Apr 06 - 04:27 AM
Roger the Skiffler 22 Apr 06 - 05:12 AM
Dave the Gnome 22 Apr 06 - 05:25 AM
Leadfingers 22 Apr 06 - 05:51 AM
The Fooles Troupe 22 Apr 06 - 08:09 AM
GUEST, Topsie 22 Apr 06 - 08:28 AM
GUEST,Andy 22 Apr 06 - 11:12 AM
Dave the Gnome 22 Apr 06 - 11:19 AM
Tradsinger 23 Apr 06 - 05:05 AM
Flash Company 23 Apr 06 - 05:53 AM
Liz the Squeak 23 Apr 06 - 07:52 AM
Snuffy 23 Apr 06 - 08:30 AM
AggieD 23 Apr 06 - 09:29 AM
Big Al Whittle 24 Apr 06 - 06:45 AM
GUEST,Ruston Hornsby 24 Apr 06 - 09:51 AM
Dave the Gnome 24 Apr 06 - 10:01 AM
Ruston Hornsby 24 Apr 06 - 10:02 AM
Snuffy 25 Apr 06 - 08:24 AM
billybob 25 Apr 06 - 08:54 AM
JohnB 25 Apr 06 - 09:22 AM
SINSULL 25 Apr 06 - 09:28 AM
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Subject: morris dancing on the radio
From: GUEST, Topsie
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 02:11 AM

BBC Radio 4, "Open Country", early this morning (22 April), was about the village of Ilmington in the Cotswolds, and included morris dancing. It is repeated on Thursday at 1.30 pm, and probably on the 'listen again'.


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Folkiedave
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 04:27 AM

There is nothing new under the sun. Sheffield City Morris´s first ever dance was on Radio Sheffield. 1975!!


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 05:12 AM

It's better on those old mahogany-cased valve radiograms, the new plastic curved top boom-boxes are too slippery to keep your footing

RtS
(I'll get on me hobby horse)


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 05:25 AM

There was a wonderful 1/2 hour play on Radio 4 (I think) called 'Morris on the Somme' about a Morris team that all joined up in WW1 together. I'll not give the plot away in case anyne wants to try and catch it again:-) Very good though - Lots of Morris music in the background. Mainly 'Constant Billy' if I remember rightly.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 05:51 AM

And dont forget that Sid and Jolene are having Morris Dancers at The Bull on May day !!


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 08:09 AM

How do you all fit on to - and just how many of you fit? Is it philosophically like angels dancing on the head of a pin?


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: GUEST, Topsie
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 08:28 AM

I searched for "Morris on the Somme" and found it listed on a John Kirkpatrick site. It was in 1991, so not on "Listen again". Maybe it should be repeated - isn't there an anniversary coming up?

The first time I heard morris on the radio it was Mayflower (Women's clog side) in about 1982, doing the Abram circle dance. They finished by debagging the presenter, who had been persuaded to stand in the middle of the circle. They do say the pictures are better on the radio!


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: GUEST,Andy
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 11:12 AM

Having Morris dancers on radio can't be so daft. Some may remember when the BBC regularly featured a ventriloquist on the radio during the 50's.
That was Peter Brough and his puppet (dummy) was called Archie Andrews. Or maybe we were all dummies for listening?


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 11:19 AM

Was it 1991, Topsie? Whew! 15 years and it feels like only yesterday...

Funny you should mention Abram in the same post - I play concertina for the Abram Morris dance! Every June in and around, believe it or not, Abram:-) We dance out on the last Saturday starting at the Abram Morris dancers ground which has now been restored almost to it's former glory.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Tradsinger
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 05:05 AM

I morris danced on the radio once, but I was drunk at the time and soon lost my balance and fell off.


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Flash Company
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 05:53 AM

I have sometimes felt like putting on me clogs and dancing on the radio (usually when I hear politicians on the Today programme).
Guest- Andy, Yes we did have Peter Brough on radio, the reason being he was such a bloody awful vent that it was the only medium where you couldn't see his mouth move.
However, consider this, the following performers got their first major Radio break in Educating Archie, Harry Secombe, Tony Hancock, Max Bygraves, Beryl Reid, Hattie Jacques. Julie Andrews also featured in at least the first series. Not a bad supporting cast for a wooden top.

FC


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 07:52 AM

And who was the morris dancer who forgot to take his bells along when Albion recorded 'Morris On'?

We know, don't we Manitas!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Snuffy
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 08:30 AM

I remember hearing "Morris on the Somme" on the Radio back in November 1992 as I was in hospital waiting for a knee operation that kept me from dancing for a couple of years.

Nice piece on Ilmington - my side (Shakespeare) will be dancing with them this evening to celebrate St george's Day.


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: AggieD
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 09:29 AM

Been there, done that, no problems for us dainty footed wimmen!


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 06:45 AM

Morris on the Somme sounds interesting - anybody got a copy?


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: GUEST,Ruston Hornsby
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 09:51 AM

I was part of a live Radio Humberside broadcast from Beverley FF playing for a morris team back in the early 90's. We were followed by a JUGGLER.....


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 10:01 AM

Try mailing the beeb, wld - If you get lucky let us know:-) If you don't have the time or inclination give me a shout and I will try.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Ruston Hornsby
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 10:02 AM

And now logged on properly...... Around the same time as the above incident at Beverley, and acting as Grimsby Morris Men's PR, I was asked by Radio Humberside if they could come and record our team dancing at 8:00am on a Boxing Day morning - as publicity for our tour later that day. I explained that it wasn't really possible, the team would be in bed/getting up/getting ready/struggling with hangovers etc - but I'd come up with something. What they actually got was my wife and two other friends plus their dog with morris bells on them banging sticks and hopping about while I played melodeon. It sounded totally convincing on the radio, but if only the public had known.....


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Snuffy
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 08:24 AM

We quite often have the local radio drop in on us some time between 5.30 and 7.30 on May Day as we dance in various locations round Stratford-upon-Avon.

IIRC the music in 'Morris on the Somme' was provided by the Wheatley MM.


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: billybob
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 08:54 AM

Headcorn "danced in the dawn" on Radio 2 on May day 1971 or 2, at the top of Blue bell Hill, unfortunatly it was very foggy so we did not see the sun come up.The BBC presenter was the tall chap that did Folk on 2 at the time, he had very dark hair.... help having a senior moment cannot remember his name, anyone know?


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: JohnB
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 09:22 AM

We were LIVE on CBC Radio in Ontario Canada on Mayday morning a couple of years ago. Their reporter was there with just a cell phone(mobile to some people). It was a rainy morning so my wife was sat in our truck on the opposite side of the road, she could see the reporter talking to John Mayberry and hear it on the radio at the same time.
When I heard the 8.00 news they had another report (not live) and it was our side Orange Peel who were dancing in the background.
JohnB.


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 09:28 AM

Buffalo used to have a radio program - Bowling For Dollars. Go figure.


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 09:35 AM

Morris Dancing on the radio. That's the only way to fully enjoy Morris Dancing. Music only. Keep those bell jingling, handkerchief waving, stick hitting little pollywogs inside the radio and away from the rest of the world.


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Cats
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 01:24 PM

Radio Cornwall had a radio chiropodist!


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: cyder_drinker
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 05:25 PM

Re "Morris on the Somme" - I have a copy.
CD quality it ain't, being an mp3 made from the tape I recorded back in '91 or '92 - all those years ago, anyway.
But it's perfectly legible, albeit a bit bassy due to heavy noise reduction.

PM me if interested.


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Subject: RE: morris dancing on the radio
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 06:23 PM

I think the first time I saw women dancing Cotswold, it was England's Glory dancing Ilmington in Sidmouth (probably at the Horse and Groom). Ruth Fraser, Marian Glover, Jackie Gabriel.....?

Kitty


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