TRIGG BLOG 2011
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!
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!
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 . . . '
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!
Yay! What a great night. One
of the best 1st nights of a new season in
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 well see more in
some solo jigs this season. How about it Pete?
with Wenford Bridge before I joined them for Banks of the Dee. I
couldnt remember how to do Abnals but was spotted and called in to
complete the team. I didnt 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. Ive heard
several explanations for the choice of name. One of them may be the truth.
I found myself volunteering for Cuckoos Nest before Id 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
wed 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)
its 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
Trigg Blog Thursday 12 May.
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 hasnt 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.
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 1970s. 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.
Lyn started up another Scottish one, The Mingulay Boat Song. Some of the words didnt 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 itll be another belter of an evening!
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Trigg Blog 19 May 2011.
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 photos 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.
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 cant 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.