WOODSIDE'S DANCE REPERTOIRE
By the mid 1980s, Woodside had become a well established member of the Morris Ring, performing dances of the Cotswold traditions, having also flirted with Rapper Sword dancing on a few brief occasions. In addition, a few of the longer serving members felt that it was time to develop dances that were more specific to Woodside - though keeping it within the Cotswold style.
The result is that Woodside now dance a wide repertoire from the traditional Cotswold back-catalogue, with a number of new exciting dances of their own, that rotate the set, using various methods, during the chorus. There are now eight Woodside dances which have been danced out, including 'Grollie's Thing', named after Woodside's Reg Grollimund who passed away in Cassiobury Park after dancing up the May Day sun. The side now only do the dance on May Day Morning, whilst greeting the dawn.
Some of these dances have further pushed the frontier of Woodside innovation with original tunes composed specifically for the dances Andy Bean and The Colne River Stick Dance.
NEXT UP! WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE 2017
8.00pm, THE PLOUGH, Sleapshyde, AL4 0SE
9.15pm, THE WOODMAN, Wild Hill, AL9 6EA
WOODSIDE'S TRADITIONAL REPERTOIRE
Dance Name
Tradition
Style
Lad's a' Bunchum
Adderbury
Stick
Beaux of London City
Badby
Stick
Banbury Bill
Bampton
Hanky
Bampton
Hanky
Highland Mary
Bampton
Hanky
Step and Fetch'er
Bampton
Hanky
Black Joker
Bledington
Stick
Trunkles
Bledington
Hanky
Cuckoos Nest
Bledington
Hanky
Hey Diddle Dis
Bledington
Hanky
Jockie
Bracknell
Hanky
Queen's Delight
Bucknall
Hanky
Lollypop Man
Ducklington
Hanky
Balance the Straw
Field Town
Stick
Field Town
Hanky
Dearest Dickie
Field Town
Hanky
Old Woman Tossed up..
Field Town
Hanky
The Rose
Field Town
Hanky
Valentines
Field Town
Hanky
Laudenham Bunches
Headington
Hanky
Headington
Stick
Jenny Lind
Litchfield
Stick
Litchfield
Stick
Steeple Claydon
Steeple Claydon
Stick
Upton Stick Dance
Upton
Stick
THE WOODSIDE DANCES
Dance Name
Style
Andy Bean
Hanky
Aunty's Bequest
Stick
Butter Fingers (not danced out)
Stick
Captain Larno's Skirmish
Stick
River Stick Dance
Stick
Colonel Custer's
Stick
Duke of Marlborough's Request
Hanky
Glorious Fifty
Hanky
Grollie's Thing
Stick
Moping Mother
Hanky
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WOODSIDE MORRIS MEN
Squire: Dave Pearse
Foreman: Dave Lang
Bagman: Nick Wilson
Lead Musician: Pete Flanagan
WHY NOT GIVE IT A TRY?
During Winter, we meet at 8.00pm on Wednesday nights in the Pump House's Colne River Rooms, Watford. You would be most welcome to come along.
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