Peterborough Morris 40th Anniversary Day of Dance – September 2019

What a great day we had on Peterborough’s two-coach day of dance tour, accompanied by Crosskey ClogNorthampton Morris MenJockey Men’s MorrisDevil’s Dyke Morris MenThe King’s MorrisLeicester Morris Men and Cambridge Morris Men.

We started the day dancing in Peterborough’s Cathedral Square before the sides were divided between two different coach tours. Our tour started with the beautiful, charming village of Ashton to dance outside the Chequered Skipper; a picturesque thatched country pub which was previously the home of the world conker championships. Our younger members were kept amused by collecting conkers from the beer garden!

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The Chequered Skipper - Ashton
The Chequered Skipper – Ashton

We then had a delicious lunch and a couple of dances at the Montagu Arms in Barnwell before joining up with the other tour at the Nene Valley Brewery. It was very enjoyable sampling the beers and performing massed dances with the other morris sides.

Everyone then travelled back to Cathedral Square in Peterborough for a little bit more dancing and tea and cakes in the church.

A glorious dance spectacle to start the celebrations for Peterborough Morris’s 40th Anniversary . We were honoured to take part!

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Towersey Festival 2019

Well what can I say about Towersey Festival other than WOW…!? We were absolutely honoured and really excited to be asked to perform at this festival. Towersey is one the most prestigious folk festivals in country!

We had such an amazing weekend, saw some awesome acts and met lots of other lovely Morris dancers. Over the weekend we performed twice in the Market Square which is a covered, spotlit(!) dance stage, and we also held a border Morris workshop on the Sunday morning to teach the dance September the 4th.

We had a fabulous turnout to our workshop early on the Sunday morning – we couldn’t fit anybody else on the dance floor! Well done to everyone who came along.

We really hope to come back another year. We love, love, love Towersey Festival and next year it’s being moved to the beautiful setting of Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire to allow for expansion and a new programme of outdoor and wellness activities…so it’ll be closer to us! I’m sure a lot of us will be visiting again even if we aren’t performing with Sutton Masque.

Sue and Andrew were interviewed at Towersey Festival by Nicky Stockman of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. You can hear the interview here from 23 minutes in…
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Ely Folk Festival 2019

This year marked Sutton Masque’s first time performing on the Saturday of Ely Folk Festival and this meant it was also their first time taking part in the colourful Morris procession through the city.

The festival parade had its fair share of problems in the lead-up to the festival, with access to the market square having initially been denied on health and safety grounds. Following a strong social media campaign led by Spotted in Ely, the parade through the market was allowed to go ahead and, in fact, the crowds watching this year were the largest I’ve ever seen. It felt quite emotional walking through our home city being applauded by residents, festival-goers and market traders alike; a feeling I will never forget!

We all had a great weekend of dancing, drinking, music and cheese! We can’t wait for next year  🙂
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St Ives Day of Dance – Sunday 2nd June 2019

The historic town of St Ives was ringing with the stamp of clogs, clash of sticks, jingle of bells and whoops and hollers as Sutton Masque were joined by Coton Morris and Manor Mill Morris for a day of dancing around the town on Sunday 2nd June.

It was a very hot sunny day but it was a great chance to watch three different styles/traditions of Morris dancing all in the same place.

The action started around noon on The Waits, moved down to Cromwell’s Statue and the White Hart in Market Hill around lunchtime, and finished in style with a grand massed dance finale on The Quay late afternoon.

The afternoon ended with the Morris dancers being treated to a calm river cruise tour by the St Ives Electric Riverboat Company.

This was only the second St Ives Day of Dance but it looks like it will be a permanent fixture in the town’s calendar as all the dancing was very well
received by the visiting crowds and the residents of St Ives.

Eel Day , Ely – May 2019

🎉🐍 Ely’s 16th Annual Eel Day Parade 🐍🎉 led by Nellie the Tuk Tuk, Cambridgeshire Music SambaFest, Ellie the Eel, School Children, Town Criers, Morris Dancers and more!! Even the Ely ducks tried to join in!!

It was a great celebration with lots of dancing around the town and between downpours!

 

Above Photos Taken by Angela. Below photos taken by Erin

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Sometimes you have to just give-in and shelter from the rain in the Draymans!

Dancing the Sun up on May Day Morning

Well may day is here, and we danced at sun up!! Sutton Masque danced their first may day by dancing the sun rise at Stonea Camp a 500 BC hill fort in the Fens, a staggering 6 foot 5 inches above sea level making this the lowest hill fort in the country. So if it’s not a high tide we will happily dance the sun rise on this very special day every year! Happy May Day to you all!

 

We then went up the road for a lovely breakfast provided but Angela and Roger – thank you very much for your hospitality.

A lovely report on recent activities from our wonderful musician Alan.

Dear All

Sutton Masque’s 2019 UK Tour got off to a most auspicious start, coping with the pressures of one of our most demanding gigs, the Annual Winter Sutton Beer Festival.

Under the intense media scrutiny of the Sutton parish magazine, our dancers acquitted themselves morrisfully to the music of an augmented wall of sound, featuring our latest signing, melodeon virtuoso, Nicky Stockman.


After Sutton, the side felt that they could take Edinburgh in their stride. But it was felt necessary to hold a confidence building and bonding evening at the Cross Keys, Chatteris. Bonding was facilitated by ample appllications of Lacon’s ales.

Having definitely scored a convincing home win at Sutton, the side were well prepared to take on an away fixture – Edinburgh. Despite adverse weather – torrential rain, hail and blizzards, the side proved equal to the task, and were cheered on by a cosmopolitan audience.

A party of hardline Morris junkies from Paris were heard to say: ‘La danse folklorique de Sutton Masque est vraiment merde chaude! Ils sont les testicules du chien, n’est-ce pas?’

Who could wish for a higher accolade? Manchester awaits for our next gig of the Sutton Masque 2019 UK Tour.

Best wishes to all

Alan

Sutton Masque Winter beer festival