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Jim's Blog 7th April at the Queen and Railway, St Columb Road.

   

Since Triggs night off practice coincided with 'The Folk Trail' visiting our friends at The Queen & Railway, it felt right that we should pay a return visit too!
When we arrived, there was no sign of Folk Trailers but we still had a bigger team, a bigger audience and (much) better weather than our last visit, so it was time to dance.
Since they introduced it as 'Country Gardens', I was up for the first dance. A Scotsman doing Morris Dancing to the tune of English Country Garden! Sshhh! Don't tell anyone. :-)
I stepped out of 'Shepherds Hey' to take photos of the two teams (what a great turn out tonight!). Leaving it to the 'experts' it suddenly became clear that Ian and Rob were doing different dances! OK guys, who was to blame?

I was back in for 'Ring O Bells', one of our newer Lichfield dances, but I was pretty sure I knew it. So did everyone else . . mostly! It all seemed to go fine until the hey. Always tricky, I weaved my way through it and got back to my correct spot, only to find a puzzled Andy in front of me and Trev, Pat and Malcolm all trying to 'panic back to place'. The audience didn't notice so we carried on to a wonderful line up at the end with our sticks held high.
I took number six position for 'Nutting Girl' forgetting that it was going to be a long time 'til I got to breathe again but I made it to the end still grinning. :-)
'Valentine' was nice. Elegant, in fact, if you believe Ian. I don't know about elegant but we enjoyed the dance and I don't think I spotted any mistakes. Good one boys.
I took some photos (and got my breath back!) as the team did their final main dance, 'Wenford Bridge but was soon back up for our 'off dance' 'Bonny Green' with invited audience members joining us.
 
When we got back inside we were joined by some other 'folkies' and the session got off to a great start. Pretty soon the Folk Trailers did arrive. After walking 20 miles of their journey from Lands End to John 'O'Groats, they'd set up camp at Gnome World (honest! You couldn't make this up!) and arrived with their fiddles, whistles & recorders (of the whistle type and the technical music recording type!) and even a steel mandolin thrown in!

The session was great with Trigg (as usual) getting the whole place singing along with such traditional folk numbers as The Banana Song and Spirit in the Sky along with Cornwall classics like The White Cockade. Other singers all had their space too & we had great renditions of Lighthouse, Doin the Manch (about a pub crawl starting at the bottom of the hill in Bradford and heading uphill for two or more miles to Odsal Top!) and loads of others.
One of the last to sit down, I found myself in wonderful position to hear the fiddlers all night. Awesome! Thank you.
Trigg had their usual problem finishing the night and there were many 'last ones' before I packed my bass away and Darren & I left to the sound of the whole pub singing 'Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone . . . '

I had it stuck in my head all the way home . . in fact it's back, now I've mentioned it.
 
All in all, a great prelude to the season!
Thank you Queen & Railway.
Thank you Folk Trailers.
Thank you all the other 'folkies' & the audience who turned out to see us.
Thank you Trigg.
 
See you all on The Grand Tour on Easter Monday!
 
Jim. :-)


Jim's Blog 5th May at the Blue Anchor & Pheasant Inn

     

Yay! What a great night. One of the best 1st nights of a new season in 
my 10 years with Trigg.
Those of us travelling from England had a round trip of over 100 miles 
ahead of us but we made it to Fraddon in plenty of time. Others were on 
the ball too and when we kicked off outside the Blue Anchor at 8pm we 
had two full teams up for Country Gardens with spare men over. I was 
happy then, to take time out to get my breath back while others got up 
to weave in and out of Maid of the Mill from Bucknell.

I didn’t get to rest much though & I was soon back up for both 
Greensleeves and Sherrifs Ride. Considering stalwarts like Vic, Roger & 
Ian were missing, the standard of dancing was actually very high. This 
was lucky as we had a good sized audience who came outof the pub to 
enjoy our show.
I managed to get some breath and some photos during Valentine. The 
dancers were on good form and there were some very fine leaps from all 
the team especially Terry and Phil. However none could match Pete Philp 
tonight for ability tojust ‘float’ in the air. Just look at the photos. 

Maybe we’ll see more in some solo jigs this season. How about it Pete?
I was back up for Room for the Cuckold but it was soon time for us all 
to do our ‘off dance’, Bonny Green with only a couple of volunteers 
kidnapped from the audience.
After a song for the landlord, our convoy headed off to the next gig.

I didn’t remember until we got closer, that we had been to The Pheasant 
at St Newlyn East during our last season, but it looked very different 
tonight. Instead if being rained into the lounge tonight we had a good 
place to dance on the quiet road in front of the pub.

We had our second good audience of the evening and the men had started 
with Wenford Bridge before I joined them for Banks of the Dee. I 
couldn’t remember how to do Abnals but was spotted and called in to 
complete the team. I didn’t remember one of the ‘galleys’ but did 
remember to clash sticks as I passed my opposite number! The team then 
danced Old Carew, one of our own dances, named after a ward in St 
Lawrences Psychiatric Hospital which used to be in Bodmin. I’ve heard 
several explanations for the choice of name. One of them may be the truth.
I found myself volunteering for Cuckoos Nest before I’d remembered how 
little opportunity it provided for breathing. I survived!
After Bodmin Riding we ambled about as the first two dancers stepped up 
and started our new ‘off dance’, Saturday Night. We try to surprise the 
audience as we slip on two by two, but the biggest surprise was that 
we’d started before deciding who the rest of the dancers would be! I 
found myself quickly pairing up with Pete. The rest of the team did all 
sweep in on the rounds. We clearly still need a bit of practice but a) 
it’s the first night! and b) the audience still seemed to enjoy it!

Settling inside, we had a great folk session with Chris, Pat, Mick, Viv 
& Lynn strongly representing Trigg while Nigel and several others 
represented ‘guests and visitors’.

One of my favourites was Miners Life 
but Nigel was ‘volunteered’ to sing Lighthouse and his wonderful version 
was still playing in my head as we slipped away and would our way back 
to Plymouth.

I managed to pick up a new season Trigg Programme. Have you got yours yet?
No?
Then I’ll tell you.
Next week we’re at The Lanivet Inn, near Bodmin at 8pm and into town for 
The Borough Arms at 9pm. See you there!

Jim.


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Jim's Blog 12th May at the Lanivet Inn & The Borough Arms

    

Trigg Blog Thursday 12 May. 

On Thursday morning  my Triggmobile had no idea about that evenings challenges, as Bens intentions  to make it to my place from London were shaping up. We both arrived at my house at the same time and  both had 20 minutes to change into Trigg gear, decorate our hats with flowers and load all our instruments into my little Ford Ka before picking up Darren. We did it and were soon bouncing over the bridge into Cornwall with Thee Faction (Bens new band) distorting  the radio speakers!
 

We arrived early at the Lanivet Inn (in .. erm . . Lanivet!) again (early two weeks in a row . . it won’t last!) but everyone else seemed to have arrived early too.

 The sun was still out as we all gathered in the yard with our audience and grabbed our sticks to dance Balance The Straw (Fieldtown). I hadn’t warmed up properly so when I stayed up for Nutting Girl, I began to feel the pain! I was now, however, definitely warmed up!


I joined the crowd inside and outside the yard to get photographs of Ring O Bells and Old Woman Tossed Up as well as some of Ben adding his mandolin to our regular music. The crowd (and Trigger) enjoyed Room for the Cuckold before I got back up for Brighton Camp. This is a fast and complex stick dance and errors have often resulted in bloody heads or, at the very least, really bashed  fingers. I knew the part though ad was doing really well . . until I started chatting! I was lucky Malcolm was opposite me and just laughed at me until I found my place again. Roger or Taffy would have had me! Phew! Even more importantly, Ben didn’t catch my cock up on the video he posted on Facebook and You Tube later. We danced off to Princess Royal and were soon on our way to the next performance at The Borough Arms near Bodmin.


 

Once we got the beers in, (and some of us got over the shock of paying more than £3 for a glass of Coke!) we assembled up on the car park for some dancing. It was dusk already. The moon was out but the sun gradually went down while we were dancing.

I danced Wenford Bridge and stayed up to dance opposite Ben in Dearest Dickie. Since Ben hasn’t been out with us for several years, Pat, Vic and some of the others were on hand to offer guidance, suggestions (and laughter)! Well done though Ben. After dancing Vandals of Hammerwich, I grabbed my camera again to photograph that very naughty dance, Shepherds Hey. I enjoyed dancing Jug By The Ear but then there were plenty volunteers without me to put up two teams for Nightingale. It all looked very impressive with twelve men, good and true lined up in the falling darkness against the lights of the pub. It was soon time for ‘parachutes’ and we did Headington Off and made our way into the bar.

 

Indoors, we found a good spot to settle in for our music. The bemused regulars initially kept to the other end of the bar but gradually they were looking in and singing along with us. We’d barely started when we were invited to get some food from the buffet. Brilliant. Hot pasty and chips.

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The evening started with concertinas, melodeons and accordions playing a medley of Scottish tunes that brought a lump to my throat and transported me back to the working mens clubs in the towns between Edinburgh and Glasgow in the early 1970’s. Lovely, it was!

It was great having Ben in the musician pack again and after treating us to some music on his Appalachian Dulcimer, he settled in and gave us some fine melody and accompaniment on his mandolin. There was a fine selection of songs from around the room including Ians rendition of Spirit in the Sky and Vic singing The Bonny Ship The Diamond supported by the rest of the room.

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Lyn started up another Scottish one, The Mingulay Boat Song. Some of the words didn’t match my recollection (nor it seems a determined Morris!)  but I have more faith in Lyns rendition than my forty five year old memory of  clutching my ‘Songs of the Isles’ as I warbled in my Edinburgh primary class.

Ben was honoured by being allowed to choose how to end the evening and knew immediately that he wanted to hear Viv singing. I love her doing My Young Man and she consented as long as she could also do her own choice. The Scottish theme for the evening was brought to a close with our final song, Will You Go Lassie Go, written by Robert Tannahil, a contemporary of Robert Burns.

“Oh the summertime is coming

And the trees are sweetly blooming

And the wild mountain Thyme

Grows around the blooming heather

Will ye go lassie go? . . . “

 

It was time to go.

Thanks Trigg Morris for another brilliant night out.

 

See you all next week at Latchley Village and at the Cross House Inn at Metherill.

The Plymouth Maids will be there too so it’ll be another belter of an evening!

 

Jim.

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Jim's Blog 19th May at Latchley Village & The Cross House Inn Metherell
(In conjunction with The Plymouth Maids)

    

Trigg Blog 19 May 2011.

 

Thursday always seems a good day for stealing flowers! 

I ‘borrowed’ half a dozen pink roses on my way to work this morning. I nearly left them in the staff room at work but by six thirty they were in my hat with geraniums and a huge clematis from my own garden. Sorted!

 

We made it to Latchley on time. Unusually for Trigg, there was NO PUB!

Latchley is one of our ‘dry’ venues this year. We realised a few years ago that we were missing some great villages simply because they didn’t have a pub. Since we are sponsored by Skinners Brewery, we get in the habit of taking our own beer to these villages, but we are constantly blown away by the reception the villagers give is. Latchley was no exception. It didn’t matter that their FIVE pubs were long gone, a veritable garden party was under way on their raised village green. I squeezed through the happy crowd to find tables laden with food, plenty to drink and a bunch of Morris Dancers tying their bells on.


We were also joined tonight by The Plymouth Maids.  They dance Clog Morris, which is from the North of England and different to Triggs Cotswold Morris style but we always have a belter of a night out together. We decided to alternate dances and Trigg soon kicked the show off with the Bucknell dance,  Room for the Cuckold. It was time for me to get up and dance.

I took some photo’s during Valentine and caught the guys doing their usual levitation trick again. Well done Darren too. As I photographed the team dancing under our sponsors ‘Skinners’ banner, I also caught Ian, up in the audience, sampling some more Skinners Beer. Well done Ian!

With a great crowd looking down onto them, the Plymouth Maids got up to do some dances too.  Their gentle dances provide a wonderful contrast to the men in Trigg but they have just as much fun as us.

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With  Trigg dancing Abnals and Brannel, the audience were being entertained with many more dances than usual but seemed to be loving it. After a few more from Plymouth Maids, we did Maid of the Mill and Bodmin Riding before both teams invited members of the audience to join us for our final dance, Bonny Green  Garters.

We fuelled up again, (thank you Latchley), bade our farewells and headed off in convoy to the Cross House Inn. The last time we were there, I travelled in the dark and rain with Metherell conspicuous only by its absence from my sat nav! This time was easy and we had loads of room to dance in the fading light of the large car park.

Trigg started with Saturday night and I wondered how it would work at the beginning instead of an off dance. I got ready to slip on in the second pair with Ian, but we were so subtle that Pete Philp panicked and started trying to assemble new team members! I thought it worked brilliantly to get the dancers on the stage and as we all whirled into the rounds at the end we had the small audiences complete attention. I can’t wait to try it somewhere busier in peak season! Once again the teams alternated, but Trigg still did Country Gardens, Sheriffs Ride,  Greensleeves, Duke of Grafton and Wenford Bridge. No-one broke a stick during the later this time. I reckon I had the only ‘ringer’ last week. Ouch.

The Plymouth Maids formed us all into a circle as we performed one of their off dances together and we all headed into the pub for our singsong. Only a few Maids remained. The Cross House had laid on a wonderful spread and kept the jugs of ale coming all night. Never mind. All the more for us!

We had a few singers missing in Pete M, Mick, Chris & Lyn but had a great singsong never the less with wonderful contributions from Maid- Rose (Drink to the Laddies), Maid-mate Mike and local folkie Ben leading us with

‘Put your wine into glasses

Put your cider in an old tin can

Pour John Barleycorn in a nut brown bowl

Shall prove the strongest man.’ 

 

Once again Viv stood out with tremendous voice tonight and Ian shocked the locals. Thank you everyone for a great night.

See you all at Lanreath and Lerryn next Thursday.

 

Jim.


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