Clever Clogger and The Morris Hour And What Is Our Name?
As you may, or may not, be aware, we are starting a new clog dancing and Morris group in Littleborough. It's all been a kind of confluence of people, ideas, and necessity. This happy accident has come at the right time. So now we can get up and clogging with a home team for the Rushbearing Festival in July. Littleborough Rushbearing was traditionally lead by Rochdale Morris, but unfortunately due to a number of factors, Rochdale Morris disbanded a couple of years ago. However, last year the very kind Thieving Magpies from Marsden, stepped up and took the weight of the festival on their shoulders. This was a much appreciated favour, but obviously, we don't want to put on our generous neighbours, whereas it feels like a chore to them: they are a very busy group, and Marsden is at an epicentre for creative and traditional culture, with an envious calendar of events. So, to put on the Magpies to come over the hill and take the burden of weight for our event, would seem presumptuous and unfair. Moreover, we should have a home team, and a community of traditional culture flourishing in this beautiful pennine township.
At our initial planning meeting we had a great deal of enthusiasm, and we've got a team of cloggers, about 12 strong for now, with quite a bit of interest from some younger stompers, and Helen, who is the clog and Morris meister in these here parts Hopefully, if we can get the word out that we need volunteers at all levels to help Rushbearing, not just run smoothly, but grow and improve. Then, we would have an event worthy of any summer event calendar, which we have now, but I think it could be spread out all over the village, and encompass more stalls, performers, musical events and sideshows.
We've set up a Twitter account, and last night I was on in the #MorrisHour, and I have never been made to feel more welcome in any group in my life. There wasn't a granule of sarcasm, covetousness, or dissuasion from any body, just oodles of positive encouragement, and a genuine feeling of camaraderie. I would encourage everyone or anyone interested in Morris, Clog, or Rapper to follow the hash #MorrisHour between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on a Wednesday night.
If we could encourage that camaraderie locally, and via this website, we could not only have an even better Rushbearing festival, but also, all year round activities encompassing Folk Music, Clog and Morris Dancing, and create a vibrant community of traditional performing arts.
Finally, we are in the process of finding a name for our new team, which needs reflect the mix of generation and gender involved. Please feel free to send any suggestions via the contact form. Finally finally, if you've got an event, club, or regular meetup, please feel free to add it to our calendar.....
Finally finally finally, if you want to dance here, have a stall, perform, or attend, please also let us know.....