Everyone Should Dance In The Rain At Least Once In Their Lives!

Dancing around the maypole at Folk On The Farm's May Day Revels

Dancing around the maypole at Folk On The Farm’s May Day Revels

Unfortunately our May Day Revels wasn’t the day to do it!  The weather was on the cool side, but at least it remained more or less dry and with true folky, hardiness we didn’t let a bit of chilliness dull our performance!
Maypole ribbons made a brave show in the evening breeze which were soon clutched by eager fingers and the children were keen dance too!  

ROOTS Community Singers were in fantastic form singing in the May with their three and four part harmonies which included the much practiced Seeds Of Love, Bushes & Briars, Lavender’s Blue, Searching For Lambs, the jaunty, but rather naughty Nelson’s Blood and the highly seasonal Hal-an-Tow.

The merry makers gathering "flowers" for May Day!

The merry makers gathering “flowers” for May Day!

This great May day song led into the Sweets of May, a brand new mummers play featuring the eternal story of birth, death and resurrection and a lot of over acting by the Merry Mummers who certainly pulled out the stops!

I’m still laughing at all the protracted deaths and swoons and as for Robin Hood … I certainly

A rather effete Robin Hood comes to the rescue!

A rather effete Robin Hood comes to the rescue!

didn’t expect to see him sporting a garter and a lace hanky in the greenwood!

Willow & Rowan who not only led the choir, but took part in the open mic

Willow & Rowan who not only led the choir, but took part in the open mic

Next up were our open micers who served up some great seasonal and not so seasonal songs, but all sung with warmth and feeling which did much to keep the chill at bay.  We even had some riddles from Rowan with prizes to boot!
Calling Time took over and soon had us dancing to some old time favourites which led to a few of us removing our coats and scarves!!

The resourceful Friar Tuck with his  "green magic"

The resourceful Friar Tuck with his “green magic”

 

The Queen of May and one of her suitors ... the Oak King!

The Queen of May and one of her suitors …
the Oak King!

Article by Widdershins

Widdershins Morris dancer, writer, part time farmer and melodeon player. Author of several sheep keeping books and also Kindle fiction stories including THE INBETWEEN THE DIGFIELD CONJUROR HOW TO BOIL AN EGG    

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