News from Stone the Crows

Day of dance with 400 Roses, June 2018

Saturday 23rd June sees us off to Ilkley for a full day of dance with 400 Roses, starting at the Bandstand at The Grove 11:00-12:00 then a tour aroud Ilkley.

Midsummer dance out at Croston, 21st June 2018

On Thursday 21st June, Stone the Crows had a lovely evening dancing on the longest day.  We danced at the Lord Nelson pub in Croston from 19:30 until late, joined by the schoolchildren of Trinity & St Michael’s Primary School in Croston, Rivington Morris, Royal Preston Morris, Newburgh Morris, Fylde Coast Cloggers and Amounderness Ladies Morris.  The evening was warm and the company was warmer.

Preston People’s Festival, June 2018

Stone the Crows attended Preston People’s Festival on Saturday 16th June.  Well done to the organisers and all who took part in the event, especially during the torrential downpours.  We, the Crows, were lucky in that respect – the rain had mostly eased off when we danced in front of The Black Horse pub, which was enjoyed by ourselves and the audience.  Then it was up to the Flag Market for a free drink and chat to everyone.  Altogether an enjoyable day despite the weather.

Pendle Witch Fayre, May 2018

On Bank Holiday Monday 28th May, the Crows were invited to perform for the Pendle Witch pub fayre alongside a talented singing duo and the Gypsy Dancers.  The weather was incredibly hot so we had to sample the cool beers on offer.  We danced two sets always starting with our signature dance, Ragged Crow.  Some of the Crows were showing off their strength and managed to break a couple of our sticks with their enthusiastic dancing!  We finished with a group Tinners Rabbit and got lots of the crowd participating, including the landlord, Jim.  We hope the day was a success for him and his pub!

Upton upon Severn Folk Festival, May 2018

All the Crows are back safe in their nests from what was a wonderful weekend, as score upon score of Morris (and other) dancers and musicians filled the streets and pubs of Upton upon Severn at their Annual Folk Festival on the May Day weekend with music, dance and sheer enjoyment.  A massive hats off and thanks to the organisers and all the volunteers who made the festival so much fun for everyone, performers and audiences alike.  If you’ve seen any of the many styles of Morris dancing and enjoyed it why not contact your local side about having a go, you won’t regret it.  We Crows dance in the border style of Morris and will be having fun performing most Thursday evenings throughout the summer at various pubs around Lancashire and at other events so come along, have a fun evening, have a chat to us – we’re a friendly bunch and always happy to help with anything you’d like to know.

Dawn on 1st May 2018

4.30am on 1st May found us rising much earlier than usual to head off to Bolton to dance the sun up to our signature dance ‘Ragged Crow’ on May Day morning.  We were very lucky and despite the almost freezing temperatures the sky was clear and the sunrise was spectacular.  A few hardy souls came to watch us and we were almost joined by some bemused cyclists who were up and about surprisingly early.  Once dancing, we soon warmed up and danced the sun high above the horizon.  We then retired to eat a hearty breakfast at a nearby Crow’s nest.

Amounderness day of dance, April 2018

Amounderness Ladies Morris presented a free Day of Dance in Chorley on Saturday 28th April and Stone the Crows Border Morris were kindly invited to take part.  It was a sunny, if cold, day and the Crows flocked to Chorley in good number.  We shared our dance spots with the energetic Powderkegs Morris which ended with a joint ‘Worcester Monkey’ dance to end our set.  We also danced alongside the the amazing Flash Company, 400 Roses belly dancers, and Fylde Coast Cloggers.  It was a very enjoyable day and the beer flowed as we sampled some home-cooked Turkish wraps.  We look forward to dancing out with them again next year.

Border Teams congregate in Ledbury, April 2018

Invited by Silurian Morris to their annual gathering of border morris teams in Ledbury, Herefordshire, we travelled in style by coach.  All teams showed off a dance under the roof of the Market House, then teams dispersed around the town for more dancing.  At tea time we were all back at the Market House for a final fling, where we were very grateful of the roof (as the weather was a tiny bit inclement).  Other teams there were: Bakanalia, Beorma, Beltane, Domesday, Ledbury and Styx of Stroud.  A great day, thank you Silurian for inviting us.

Two 50th birthdays on Good Friday, March 2018

Crows were hosted by John O’Gaunt Morris in Lancaster on their annual coach tour on Good Friday, with guests Southport Swords and Yon Lot (cloggers).

The weather was good, and in the morning we danced in Milnthorpe market square and bought goodies from the farmers’ market stalls (amazing olives), then repaired to the Malt Shovel in Warton for a great lunch (amazing chips) and not one, but two, birthday cakes (amazing cakes) to celebrate John O’Gaunt Morris and Southport Swords both being 50 years old this year.

It was the first outing for our new animal mascot (amazingly large crow) which was much admired.

In the afternoon we danced in Arnside opposite the pier before heading back for an evening social at the Lansil in Lancaster.

Supporting Anti-Racism, March 2017

Next Saturday the 18th March 2017, Stone the Crows Border Morris will be supporting Preston City Council’s “Standing Together Against Racism” Community event with dancing around the city centre, commencing at the Flag Market at around 1120.

Come along and join us !