Unicorn Ceilidhs

Wow – what a great night we had at the Unicorn Ceilidhs. Gloworms played wonderful music, Andy Rouse stepped in as caller at the last minute for an unfortunately indisposed Jane Bird, Sutton Masque provided a suitably energetic Morris display and everyone had a good time!! Really hope to go back again soon.

Come and Join Us!

Tomorrow night we are returning to our weekly practices at Witcham Village Hall (between 19:30-21:30).

If you have ever seen us perform and wanted to come and have a go, please drop us a private message on Facebook or email suttonmasque@yahoo.com.

All dancers and musicians welcome! (Please do make contact before coming in case of any last-minute changes to planned meet-ups)

A message from our Squire…

PSA. Sutton Masque welcome members from any race, ethnic group, religion, gender or sexuality. We will not discriminate based on what perceived group of human you may happen to be a part of.
There is an attempt to co-opt morris dancing into a white nationalist ideal. We are wholly against any such thing. Morris dancing is folk dancing and all folk are welcome.
We reject racism. We reject sexism. We reject any other form of discrimination.

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!

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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