2013 Summary

A tremendous year, again! Aren't we good? Our greatest hit of the year (other than some cracking scratch ceilidhs put on by the Folk Club) was undoubtedly signing up such wonderful new dancers in September, and shall remain that way until your dedicated chronicler can find someone who has been around for slightly longer to rewrite this summary...

Thank you Rag, as ever, for a spectacular year!

December 2013
There was our Christmas Tour and party...
November 2013
Quiet season, eh? Just an emergency dance-out at The Phoenix as our practice room booking evaporated, a day's workshop followed by the interval spot at the Bath Ceilidh, and, to round things off, dancing at the North Street Christmas Fair and the Bristol Beer Factory Open Day. It's a hard life!
October 2013
The really quiet month. Just a very successful ceilidh put on by our Folk Club, then the spooky Hallowe'en dance-out at The Cottage, with seasonal silly games - and no-one fell in the docks.
September 2013
The autumn was duly launched with a tour dancing round as many Gromits as we could in a day (32, I believe!). Then we were at The Green Man on the 21st for their anniversary, Before you know it the University year begins again and we manned our stall at FRESH with hope and determination! Several new dancers have joined us which is really encouraging. So to the FRESH dance-out to showcase our wares. The month ended with dancing at a lovely wedding for one of our members.
August 2013
Traditionally our month off from all things morris but we've made two special weekend trips this year. First a weekend in London celebrating the first anniversary of our Olympic Closing Ceremony performance, with a dancing tour tour with fellow Olympic dancers Blackheath Morris Men. Check out some photos here. Which was followed by a long weekend holiday in Prague, enjoying the local brew and entertaining the locals with our traditional English dance!
July 2013
July bought more visits to some lovely local pubs in and around Bristol as well as a visit to Blaise Castle as the pre-entertainment to the Canterbury Tales performed by the Kelvin Players. We ended the summer season with a morris extravaganza at the Cottage Inn on the waterfront where we were joined by both Nonesuch Morris and Priston Jubilee Morris.
June 2013
Straight in with the excellent Wessex Folk Festival at Weymouth on the first weekend. Continuing with our Thursday evening pub visits and community events at Badocks Wood and Westbury-on-Trym. We also celebrated the summer solstice with a visit to the Stanton Drew stone circles and the Druids Arms pub, along with Pigsty Morris.
May 2013
The pace hots up. We began the month with our traditional May morning dancing in of summer at 4.30 am on Brandon Hill, in wonderful weather, followed by breakfast, three school visits, and dancing at the Hen and Chicken in Bedminster, our lunchtime pub. The Thursday summer pub dance-outs have begun , with visits to The Nova Scotia and The Bank Tavern. Along the way we tucked in visits to the Feed Bristol event and the St George Bloom Festival.
April 2013
Two pub dance-outs already this month. The 20th saw us in the company of 45 other morris teams at the Joint Morris Organizations' Day of Dance in Exeter. Then to St Werburgh's City Farm for their spring festival.
March 2013
A relatively quiet month in the Rag dance out calendar but bookended by two great events on the first and last weekends of the month. At the beginning of the month we travelled north to Sheffield for this years IVFDF, and what a great weekend it was too. Although a little more sleep next year might be nice! And we ended the month with an afternoon at the Green Man for their spring beer festival.
February 2013
Our festival season starts early. This month has seen us at the Cheltenham Folk Festival. Then there was dancing at the Colston Hall before a performance of the Demon Barbers' Lock-in...
January 2013
January 1st found us in numbers at Priston Jubilee's New Year's day dance-out at The Ring of Bells, Priston. Then ensued the now traditional month of wassails at Southville, Hutton and St Werburghs.