Newmarket Music Festival

So today we were part of the International Community Celebration which was part of the Newmarket Music Festival. There were international children’s choirs (Canada and Romania), Irish dancers and our good selves. We had a blast of a time and that was not completely because we were dancing next to the Rutland Arms Hotel where we availed ourselves of a beverage or two. The sun shone and the audience were appreciative and we even got some of them to join for a dance.

The truly amazing part was that we were dancing at the Bill Tutte Memorial who broke the Lorenz cipher in WWII. So of course we had to dance Lorenz’s Butterfly lent to us by Boggarts Breakfast who can rest assured that we are taking very good care of it.

On Friday evening we will be at The Lamb and Flag Welney with our good friends Ely and Littleport Riot from 8pm.

Ely Folk Festival

Sutton Masque will be dancing at Ely Folk Festival on Sunday 10th of July. We’ll be in front of the Cathedral from 11.15 in the morning, and in the afternoon we’ll be on the festival site itself.

It looks like they’re happy to have us! This was spotted in the festival programme:


But the feeling is mutual. We are very excited to be there and – always subject to acts of God and illness – we should be fielding a decent sized side of 8 enthusiastic dancers.


Well it has been far too long since I last put fingers to keyboard in this place. A bit of illness and other such happenings in life and before you know it, six weeks have gone by.

Enough of that though, I should get onto explaining the title of this piece of rambling nonsense. So the first of the firsts will be tonight when we venture into another county for the first time. Yes, Norfolk will be subjected to our presence at the King’s Arms in Shouldham from 7:30pm.

The second of the firsts will be this Sunday when we shall join the host of other morris sides dancing for Ely Folk Festival. We are very excited about this as it is our first festival booking, not just our first time at Ely. We hope though that this will be far from the last.