Pecsaetan had a jolly weekend having IVFDF folk festival plonked right on our patch on a gloriously sunny March weekend.
We danced in town on Saturday. Its amazing how dance spots are transformed by sunshine and good friends. In the usually audience-free Barker’s Pool we had a marvellous spot with Brighton Morris, Cuckoo’s Nest and 400 Roses.
Several of our members have taught and toured in southern Ontario in recent years and forged close links with the folk scene of Toronto and the surrounding area. We decided that 2012 was the year to accept our invitation from the organisers of the Toronto Morris Ale. And what a good job we did!
The sun was shining and spirits were high as we set off for the opening massed dance of the Ale where we met all participating teams from Canada and the U.S.A. including Toronto Women’s Sword and Toronto Morris Men among others. We danced in parks and pubs as we toured the city, had a nice lunchtime session and a big sing at the final pub of the day and tucked into a fabulous feast at the Tranzac Club followed by more dancing, singing and merriment. Sunday saw more of the same and we were delighted to be able to perform one of our hardest dances (Mopping the Cedar) with the team that wrote it, Ramsey’s Braggarts, from Minnesota.
It seems like a very long way to go for one weekend, in fact most of us extended the trip either side of the Ale and had a wonderful time enjoying the sights and sounds of Toronto, visiting friends and family and doing some wonderful house concerts. We would like to thank the organising committee, the host teams and the amazing locals who put us up in their houses and displayed hospitality beyond belief for an absolutely unforgettable trip.
Jess and Carmel, Toronto 2012. Photo: Mark Whitcombe
We had a lovely but very rainy time at the Vale of Evesham National Morris Weekend in June, camping at the Rowing Club by the river Avon. On the Saturday we were taken on a tour with other teams to the Fleece Inn in Bretforton, where a barn acted as a welcome shelter from the torrential rain! Some of us dried off later at the Rowing Club ceilidh, while others went to the music session back at the Fleece Inn. On the Sunday we were part of a procession from Abbey Gardens to Market Square, where each side danced before the winner of the prized Evesham Stick was announced. Pecsaetan did not win but NYFTE’s victory was well deserved! All in all we had a great weekend despite the downpours.
Our CD – At One With The Bells – was released late last year, in celebration of our 10th Birthday. It is purchasable online from www.sheffieldfolk.co.uk
. Below is a selection of reviews.
“The varied tracks on offer include live recordings of five dances, very much in the tradition of the 1972 Morris On album… The wonderful harmony singing is full and robust” English Dance and Song Magazine; www.efdss.org
“The playing and singing is exuberant and feelgood throughout, and the tracks are intelligently sequenced making this a seriously appealing sampler: … what better celebration can you have?”
Stirrings Magazine; www.stirrings.org.uk “At One With The Bells has the freshness and vitality that’s often hard to capture on record” Dai Jeffries; Folking.com FULL REVIEW
Being asked at very short notice to go on an all expenses paid morris dancing trip to Oman seemed a bit too surreal to be true and yet ten of Pecsaetan set off on 25th Feb along with the Newcastle Kingsmen, Boggart’s Breakfast, Ouse Washes Molly dancers and some clog dancers on a six day trip of a lifetime. We did two shows (Monday in Muscat and Wednesday in Salalah) and were looked after extremely well in 5 star hotels. Highlights were the shows themselves, late night singing in the rooftop bar, a tour of the biggest mosque in Muscat after being properly attired in muslim head scarves by the taxi driver, swimming, relaxing, dancing (and drinking the $1000 bar tab) in the pool, camel spotting out of the bus windows and meeting our narrator and singer Milli Moonstone who we’ve adopted as an honorary Pecsaetan. A truly unforgettable trip!
Pecs dancer Kirsty Bromley had a track from her new EP “Sweet Nightingale” played on BBC Radio 2 last night!
It’s available on the Iplayer for the next 6 days.
Woohoo – we’ve been featured in the Winter 2011 edition of English Dance & Song, quarterly magazine published by EFDSS. Cat & Jo, with a little help from the rest of the team, did a sterling job writing the article and it looks fab in print!
This weekend marks 10 years since Pecsaetan started practising in earnest in 2001. We celebrated by having the wonderful Brighton Morris Men up for our Bi-annual Weekend of Dance. The saturday night feast (curry) was amazing, and the weather fantastic!
Ten years ago today, the (yet to be named) team started practicing on a weekly basis, having had the odd day practice during the summer before. 4 out the 7 original dancers (Jess, Aisling, Catrin and Jo) and our Musician and Foreman (Richard) are still with the team all these years later, so it’s a particular Happy Birthday to them!
To Celebrate, we’ve made a CD! It features 5 Morris Dance Tracks and some songs that we sing. In addition, it showcases the other folk music team members perform when they take their bells off, with tracks from: Richard & Jess Arrowsmith, Kirsty Bromley, Sarah Matthews (Cupola), The Melrose Quartet, Trinculo, Simon Dumpleton & Carmel Wood and Catrin Ashton & Paul McMahon.
It is available from www.sheffieldfolk.co.uk for £10 + P&P.