So with the new site up and running, and already having some additions – photo galleries, google calendar yada, yada, it’s back to the thing about what we, Steampunk Morris, actually do. Morris Dance!!
The side has been up and running for just over a year now and, for what is a very new kid on the block, has been very successful in that time. We’ve travelled to mid-Wales twice (Sonic Rock Solstice), to the edge of Dartmoor in Devon (May Day dancing with Grimspound Border Morris), a few excursions to Eastbourne for different reasons (Steampunk festivals and Morris affairs). We’ve danced at Steampunk Convivials, Art and Craft Museums, and Morris side Days of Dance. So broad ranges of events and locations. Invitations for 2015 are already starting to arrive and so far it’s looking like a mix of Morris events (involving some travel) and general events involving Fruit and Cider! Which brings me to what’s up and coming.
This coming Saturday, 9th August, sees the side performing at the English Rose Biker’s party at The George Inn, Chartham, near Canterbury in our own fair county of Kent (home of the M2, M20 and Channel Tunnel Rail Link). This is a womens’ motorcycle group who tend to throw a party each summer with bands and other events going on.
On the 19th August we’re off to Croydon to join London Pride Morris and some other sides on an evening of dance about the public houses of Croydon. Following this we have a slight break until the end of August when we move en masse back west for what will be the side’s second appearance at the Lyme Folk Weekend in Lyme Regis, Dorset. Steamounk Morris attended this festival last year and had an excellent time by all accounts.
Lyme signifies the start of a busy stretch. The following weekend is Malcfest, located in the small village of Charing in Kent. This is a free festival with bands and other entertainers/artists providing their services free of charge. The week after Malcfest and it’s back down to Eastbourne (now sadly sans pier), for the Eastbourne Steampunk weekend, and a fortnight later it’s a day stand on the banks of the River Thames at a Steampunk day held at the renovated Victorian Pumping Station at Crossness, Abbey Wood – a temple to coprological transportation.
This, at the moment, signifies the end of the season for the side although we are still open and available to do some events later in the year and early into 2015. Just get in touch.