WILFRED Emmanuel-Jones, aka The Black Farmer, is well known for his love of Morris Dancing and none more so than his local troupe – Dartmoor Border Morris – who he continues to support this year and who will be visiting a number of South East Cornwall venues in the coming weeks.
A packed calendar of engagements – all raising money for the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team – will give many people the opportunity to enjoy this traditional spectacle, and maybe even join in!
Says Wilfred: “The vibrant movement, costumes, music and colour, really captivates my senses. I just love the camaraderie, unity and flamboyance of the sport and its British tradition - and the way it unites a group of men and women for the simple enjoyment of dance and celebration of life.
“I hope everyone can get out and enjoy some Morris dancing this summer!”
The Dartmoor Border Morris and friends will be dancing at the following venues:
19th May, 8pm The White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior, with guests Beltane Border Morris.
25th May, 8pm The Walkhampton Inn, with guests Wreckers Morris.
1st June, 8pm The Tamar Inn, Calstock, with guests Catseye Morris.
11th June, All Day Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge.
18th June, Afternoon Meavy Oak Fair.
22nd June, 8pm The White Hart Hotel, Menheniot, with guests Tywardreath Morris.
28th June, 8pm Seven Stars Inn, Tamerton Foliot, with guests
The Old Town Twelve.
15th July, 8pm The Church House Inn, Holne, with guests Dartington Morris.
21st July, 8pm Peter Tavy Inn, with guests Tinners Morris & Cog`s & Wheels Ladies Morris.
27th July, 8pm The Pint & Post Inn, St Giles on the Heath, with guests Barrel Morris.
31st July, all day Sidmouth Folk Festival, as guests with 100s of other Morris sides.
11th August, 8pm The Crumpled Horn Inn, Polperro, with guests Trigg Morris.
16th August, 8pm The Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor with guests Black Bess Morris.
24th August, 8pm The Cornwood Inn, with guests Harberton Navy.
31st August, 8pm The Horse & Groom Inn, Bittaford, with guests Grimspound Border Morris.
1st September, 7.30pm The Blacksmiths Arms, Lamerton with guests Lodestone Border Morris.
13th September, all day Widecombe Fair
21st September, 7.30pm Practice evening in Meavy Parish hall. Open to anyone who wants to dance or play a tune.
1st October, 2pm Bere Ferrers Apple Day Festival.
19th November, 10am Pudsey Day of Morris. Tavistock will have over 200 Morris dancers perform collecting for the BBC Children in Need appeal.
If you’re new to Morris Dancing, it’s a tradition that dates back as early as 1448. Morris Dancing really is an art and has long been enjoyed by Englishmen and women. Well known in England before the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot and even the Wars of the Roses, Morris Dancing boasts over 500 years of the evolution of a dance.