TRIGG BLOG 2012
Trigg Blog. Easter Monday 2012
It was a good day out for Trigg Morris Easter tour 2012 even though
it rained I certainly enjoyed myself. We still managed to dance in
the Arcade at Launceston, inside the Archers pub at Lewannick (they
kindly moved the pool table to give us room). A couple of Dances
outside the Blisland Inn, we also danced outside Lanhydrock house
where they supplied us with Tea and biscuits aftrewards. As the rain
got worse we then danced inside the entrance hall where we had a team
photo taken. We ended up the day at The Earl of Chatham pub in
Lostwithiel as it was still raining we just had a good music and
singing session instead.
Courtesy of Andy Dabrowski
Trigg Blog. Thursday 3rd May 2012.
As we drove down into Cornwall, we found ourselves leaving the
sunshine and heading towards heavy, dark and pendulous
clouds. Were we going to get rained on? Darren wondered if the pubs
would be big enough to dance indoors? In Triggs experience, all
pubs are big enough to dance in, although not all safely . .
In the end, it did stay dry all night at The Kings Head at Five Lanes
& The Rising Sun at Altarnun.
There was a brilliant turnout tonight with Bob & Malcolm the only
regulars I noticed missing. Remember to bring notes next week gentlemen!
Phil finally had his bells back. Although wed all hunted for
them since Easter, Pat had the extra pair in his bag all along. Watch him!
We danced in the road and although we thought wed blocked the
traffic, it turned out that most of them had stopped to watch.
Trigg danced a good set with some specials with
expert dancers only. For the most part, this worked
really well. I couldnt comment on Darrens interesting
start to Brighton Camp because a verse later I found Trevor and I
silently facing opposite directions when we were supposed to be
violently clashing sticks! Oops!
An audience turned out of the pub to watch us tonight and there were
special cheers when the landlady joined the men for the
off dance, Bonny Green.
We followed the convoy along narrow lanes to get to The Rising Sun in
plenty of time. It was then I realised my hat was still at The
Kings Head. Thanks Roger for spotting it and reuniting us!
Trigg danced well again as night-time fell around us. I was trying to
get some photos but had to keep putting my camera away as they called
One man short!
It was a good display though. Well done boys!
Indoors we settled in the corner and I got my acoustic bass out to
join the melodions, accordions and concertinas as we filled the
pub with music and got everyones feet tapping. As the evening went on
there were songs from, Chris, Lin, Vic, Viv, Ian, Terry, Pete,
visitor Jim, Pete M, Pat & Chris R to entertain us through the evening.
Roger did a recitation, but Pete P came back with another about The
Titanic . . . well . . the iceberg . . and a polar bear & his
family. It was sad. I wonder if I can upload it?
It got a bit louder towards the end with our folk favourites such as
Honky Tonk Women leading us to our RocknRoll Finale.
What a great first night! Thanks
Courtesy of Jim Hutchins
Trigg Blog. Thursday 10th May 2012
Arriving late (oops!) at The Western Inn in St Austell, I joined the
team dancing to a good crowd, in front of the pub. We rarely do
'town' venues but this clearly worked well because as soon as we
started, people appeared from, flats, houses and the local shops. One
lady spotted us from the bus and jumped off at the next stop to come
to watch us!
This pub turned out to have everything. Beer, customers, a barbers
(Yes! A Barbers shop in the bar!) and wonderful food. It was a real
treat to have food laid on at the first venue. Not only sandwiches
and savouries but something I'd never seen before . . . Cream
Splits! I initially thought they were scones with jam and
clotted cream but soon discovered how nice a bread roll could be jam
and a (really good) dollop of clotted cream! Mmmmm . . . .
What about the Morris Dancing?
I wasn't ready for 'Old Carew' but did manage to get some photo's.
The team danced well in a great spot with a good audience and a
lovely smell of food from the local Chinese Takeaway. I hope
everything cooking was turned down because they came out to watch us too!
I lost one of my bell pads during 'Banks of the Dee' but was
soon repaired and up again for 'Brighton Camp'. Too soon, it was time
for our off dance, 'Bonny Green'. Getting the Landlady up with us,
(the Landlord did the manly thing and took photographs!), we
recruited other members of the crowd to join us in the dance. A crowd
of teenagers were interested (they always are), but in the end,
despite much pushing, they didn't have the bottle to join us. They
never do . . but (even if we didn't plant a seed for the future) it
was remarked how good it was just to see them taking the chance for
harmless, but genuine, fun!
After a song to thank the Landlord before leaving, it was only a
short hop to the Hewas Inn in Sticker, although it was already dark
when we got there. We fielded two teams for many of the dances with
one on the road and one down on the patio where the audience could
see them better. Trigger was prancing about again but was
particularly worried when he spotted a sign warning locals that there
were horse thieves in the area! Watch out Trigger!
I managed to get photo's of 'Wenford Bridge' but was too busy
dancing to get any for 'Nightingale, Dearest Dickie, The Clock, Room
for the Cuckold, Greensleeves & Saturday Night'.
There was plenty of space as we settled inside to entertain the
locals with the team belting out regulars such as "We'll end the
day as we begun. We'll end it all in pleasure! . . ." , treats
for me such as a first rendition of 'Hoots mon!, there's a moose
loose aboot this hoose!' (I wasn't so sure about Trevors song about
someone kissing Jim . . .) and treats from visitors, Bonnie &
Courtesy of Jim Hutchins
Trigg Blog. Thursday 17th May 2012.
The trip to Gunnislake was a long one for most of the team, but for
Darren and I, it was easy-peasy tonight. Just up the hill from Plymouth.
We arrived early to an exciting presentation of the squires new waistcoat.
Founder squire, Chris Penton's beautiful ornate waistcoat was
recently retired by the team after sixty years service and Elaine
Philp was asked to create a replacement. The new waistcoat maintains
the original design but contains materials supplied by current team
members. The verdict? Beautiful! What an incredible job you've done
Elaine. A heart-felt thank you from the team.
After a generous drink from The Rising Sun, we danced in the
loveliest spot so far. There was good space, a good audience and a
feeling that we'd just been dropped in the middle of nature.
I joined one of two teams up for 'Balance the Straw', then managed to
photograph the guys doing 'Maid of the Mill' and 'Greensleeves'. I
danced 'Sherriffs Ride' quickly followed by one of my favourites,
'Jug by the Ear'. No-one was injured. After 'Room for the Cuckold' it
was time for our last dance, 'Bonny Green'. We were joined by some of
the audience, the barmaids (there was a bit of jostling to see who
would partner them!) and our new resident seamstress, Elaine. Yay!
At the Queens Head at Gunnislake, we took up a position where we
could cause most disruption to the through traffic, and kicked off
with 'Wenford Bridge'. The audience came out to watch as we followed
with 'Brannel, Abnals & Old Woman Tossed Up'. Trevor reminded me
as we danced the new 'Constant Billy' although my confidence was
short-lived as I stayed up for 'Brighton Camp'. Let me just say that
much of it was perfect . . . After 'Headington Off' and several photo
calls we were safely back in the pub.
It was a large pub for singing and although it started with us at one
end facing a bemused bevy of locals at the other, by the end of the
night the whole pub was singing along to Li'l Eyes, I Love You and I
Love the White Rose.
My favourite part though was Vics rendition of a Devon folk
song, The Bell Ringing. Perhaps we should do it again this Jubillee?
"Twas in Callington Town, the bells they did sound. They rang
for a belt and a hat laced with gold, but the men of Northlew, rang
so steady and true, that there never were better in Devon I hold."
Courtesy of Jim Hutchins
Trigg Ring Meeting Chipping Campden 25 to 27th
You couldnt really say we were in convoy. . . because Viv, Phil
and the others raced off and left the rest of the team following on
in the mini-bus L. After a little bit of trouble navigating through
Tavistock, we had a good journey and, around 6.30pm, pulled into the
school in Chipping Campden to meet up with 19 other teams for the
331st meeting of The Morris Ring. The oldest association of Morris
Dancers in the known universe!
We were shown to our room . . . a Maths Class, and quickly set up
camp before heading to the hall for some refreshments. We had a shock
in store. There was NO BEER there and no alcohol allowed on the
premises! Armed with a map of Chipping Campden and a promise of
discounted beer, we set off on a pub crawl. It was a beautiful
evening, in a beautiful village full of Morris Men disguised as
normal people. We did give the show away though, by bursting into
spontaneous music and song at every opportunity. Many of Trigg
settled back at the Eight Bells and I spent the rest of the evening
playing music & singing in the courtyard with folkies from all
over the UK. Musicians included Chris Farr of Dartington Morris. This
was the first time Id met him and I didnt know then that
this would be the crazy man standing on a chair at The Feast singing
an interestingly chorded song that nobody understood, to huge
applause & acclaim from the assembled Morris teams. I didnt
know then that he had attended this school and was caned
on his first day for breaking one desk and one window! I didnt
know then that Dartingtons show dance would be from the
lost Filkins tradition, reconstructed by erudite member Christopher
Farr (Wiki). The man was clearly a genius or was absolutely
bonkers! I think I liked him instantly!
On Saturday morning, the caterers were surprised by our early
enthusiasm (Chris started the queue by 6.45am!) but a great breakfast
sent us out on our tours. It was arranged that we disperse to the . .
erm . . FIVE points of the compass & Trigg headed out on the
North Tour with Shakespeare (the Morris team, not the playwright!)
and Kennet. We had a good day out in blistering sunshine as we danced
at Bidford-on-Avon, Alcester, Ardens Grafton (lunch was our second
chilli of the weekend. Very nice though.), finishing at Mary Ardens
Farm, Wilmcote. Our tour guide was Shakespeares Alan Whitbread.
Official Ale Taster for Alcester. With our Viv on the bus, he had his
first ever Morris Ring Tour with a lady on board. The ground
didnt open up & swallow us and no-one was struck by
lightning! Good result then.
The bus driver did get lost though on our way back to Chipping
Campden for the massed dances and show dances. There was some great
dancing in front of a large crowd. Our offering was the Fieldtown,
Old Woman Tossed Up in a Blanket. With only ten years under my belt,
I was the relative novice in the show team. It seemed to go really
well and the photos showed good lines and that fine old
tradition of Morris Levitation. I was elated by the
response from the crowd but Roger reckons we always get a good cheer
simply for coming all the way from Cornwall!
There was an old woman tossed up in a basket. Seventeen times
as high as the moon. Where she was going, I just had to ask it, for
in her hand she carried a broom. "Old woman, old woman, old
woman," said I, "Please tell me, please tell me, why you're
up so high?" "I'm sweeping the cobwebs down from the sky,
and I'll be with you by and by."
With Viv and Taffy at their first away Ring Feast, we
settled in, all with our false moustaches on, for the evenings food
and entertainment. Nobody copied us with the moustaches but as soon
as we made hats out of our napkins, it spread throughout the room.
(Not the most disruption weve ever caused at Ring Meetings.)
There were speeches, good food and good songs afterwards but we still
finished up back at the Eight Bells for a proper sing-song
Many of us assembled in the town square and after many delays there
was a HUGE parade of Morris Men to the church. It must have looked
spectacular to the locals but I could only see the wobbly Morris
arses in front of me!
After a final display in the square and a spot of lunch, we all
headed back from the sunny Cotswolds to news of rain in Cornwall.
Theres something comforting about the familiar . . .
Thanks for a great Ring Meeting everyone.
(Special thanks to Dave, Andy, Andy and anyone else I abandoned my
camera to so that I did appear in some of the photos. Brilliant show
dance pics, Dave. Its not true what Tina says!)
JPH. 27 May 2012.
Courtesy of Jim Hutchins
Trigg Blog. Thursday 31st May.
It's been over 110 years since there was a local pub in Golberdon
Village, according to the locals. This could explain why Trigg
haven't danced there before. Tonight though, with the support of
Skinners Brewery, Trigg met up with The Plymouth Maids to dance for
Despite the cold damp weather, there was a good turnout at
the village green-cum-playground and the barbeque was underway as we
Trigg set the bar high with the first few dances and The Plymouth
Maids made a valiant effort to compete. Ian made the observation
though, that several of them hadn't even removed their cardigans yet!
They danced very well without them later as those naughty Trigg boys
modelled them for the villagers!
As we drove to the Crows Nest at Darite, the rain and mist
closed in and it felt a bit 'Hounds of the Baskervilles' as we
searched for the light of the pub in the failing light. We weren't
scared though. Safety in numbers, you see!
The rain stayed light enough to dance outside but it was nice to
settle in the warmth of the pub for our regular music and song
session. We were given a lovely welcome by locals and the landlord
& landlady so I hope we get to go back there another season.
Thanks again everybody.
Trigg Blog. Thursday 7th June.
Darren & I arrived in good time at the St Kew Inn and there was a
good turnout of dancers despite the weather.
It's a great spot but the rain didn't ease and we hope we
didn't disappoint our audience when we had to take the instruments
(and ourselves) indoors to stay dry. With a couple of songs for the
landlord we were soon on our way to Port Gaverne for our final spot.
We always dance at The Port Gaverne Hotel at this time of year and
always pause to have our photo taken with the sun setting in the bay
behind us. In my 11 years with Trigg, I've only ever known good
weather here, but tonight was going to be very different. Ian reckons
the sun still set behind the clouds but it was hammering down so none
of us went outside to check!
Tina arrived with Chris Ridley's accordion. "Everybody will just
have to wait" she said. "What? Until you learn to play
it?", I asked.
The Port Gaverne is far too small to do Morris Dancing indoors, so of
course we soon cleared a space to do just that.
It was a bit of a squeeze and quite tricky at time but still managed
to entertain holidaymakers, locals, fans and the usual 'hangers-on'!
It is a lovely place to play music and to sing and we finished with a
great folk session . . . again!
Trigg Blog. Thursday 14th June.
The wind and rain pummelled us as we walked towards the Pier House in
Charlestown. The rough seas looked dramatic behind the tall ships
moored there but we really weren't sure if we were going to be able
The 'vertical' rain eased off though and a good turnout of Trigg
Morris Men was soon up dancing in the wind and sea-spray. We managed
two teams up for several dances and it was invigorating and fun to
dance in the stormy conditions. It was also good to see such a good
crowd leave the warmth of the pub to come out and watch us, although
they did make sure they were very well wrapped up! Well done the
musicians for surviving the elements too.
We then went on to the Welcome Home in Par. As we arrived the rain
HAMMERED down! It did ease off though & we got out onto the
parking area and managed a few dances before the heavens opened up
again. It was good to have our London based Trigg Exile, Ben with us
playing mandolin. Ben wasn't the only musician tempted onto the
'dance arena' and our very own Mick Bull looked dangerous as he
leaped his way through Old Woman Tossed Up.
We settled inside for a very good music session with a good mix of
traditional songs and music interspersed with Trigg's usual comedy interludes.
Another good night.
Trigg Blog. Thursday 21st June.
After all this rain, Darren & I were thrilled to see the sun
breaking through as we left Plymouth and headed into Cornwall. The
rain that followed soon dampened our excitement! It was wonderful,
though, to see the colourful array of rainwear as Trigg Morris
assembled in Polperro car park, sucking up to the Bagman for the
£4 parking fee.
After a couple of false starts, Pat & I followed on, walking with
our guitars, not really sure where we'd find the others. The rain had
stopped though, and we arrived at the quay as the team assembled for
Saturday Night. Amazingly it stayed quite dry as we also performed
Greensleeves, Step Back, Vandals of Hammerwich, Brannel, &
Wenford Bridge, dancing off towards The Pilchard with an early
Princess Royal. The damp but enthiastic audience evaporated away as
we meandered to "The Big Green".
At least it was dry for us and a small audience under the
canopy as we danced. Balance the Straw, Constant Billy, Room for the
Cuckold, Valentine, The Clock, and Abnals. We got into trouble from
the Squire and the Gaffer for messing around during Balance the Straw
but hopefully made up for it with a near perfect Valentine. Phil
always dances opposite me in The Clock and I was disappointed when he
declined . . . briefly! He made it up in time. We really must learn
We made it to The Crumplehorn Inn without getting any wetter but the
'open mic' session in the gazebo held us back from starting our music
session in the bar. Once we did get started though, they knew about
it. We had a great audience squeezed into the doorway listening and
joining in with another great session.
Maybe the sun will shine on us next week.
What do you think?
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