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Workshop – Cotswold Morris – Bledington Jig (LIVE on Zoom)
Sunday 28 February @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Workshop – Cotswold Morris – Bledington Jig – for Beginners/Progressors
Andrew Knight and Lin Steel, with musician Tony Warren, will teach a Cotswold morris jig (solo dance) for those with some experience of Cotswold morris, and also suitable for those who attended our beginners Cotswold workshop in November/December.
The dance is ‘Lumps of Plum Pudding’ in the style of Bledington, and as usual it will be as recorded by the collectors. During the 1.5 hour workshop they will cover the form and steps of the dance, and build to the ‘Lumps of Plum Pudding’ jig.
For those that like to hear the tunes and /or see the dance entirely first, there are links in the Resources section below. We encourage you to listen/view these before you join the workshop. Full notation is available for download there.
Dance leaders – Andrew Knight and Lin Steel, with Musician Tony Warren. Lin has danced from early childhood and is a professional dance teacher with the RAD, her Morris history starts with Border and she made the transition to Cotswold on moving to Somerset, she has danced most genres of Morris. Andrew is an Osteopath and has danced Morris for 25+ years almost exclusively Cotswold; both have been teachers/fore(wo)men and leaders/squires of several teams and both dance with multiple teams. Andrew wrote the Warm up information 2nd edition for The Morris Federation.
Andrew, Lin and Tony currently perform with the Knights of King Ina morris jig team, based in Somerset (see more below).
Please complete this online form: Register for the Workshop – Cotswold – Bledington Jig; you will receive a confirmation email immediately (check your spam/junk/promotions folder!). We will send you a Zoom link a couple of days before the event. Open to all – you don’t have to be a member of a team in The Morris Federation.
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– Video: Andrew Knight and Lin Steel dancing ‘Lumps of Plum Pudding’ in the style of Bledington – Front View and ‘Lumps of Plum Pudding’ in the style of Bledington – Back View
– A folder containing: Dance Notation, music dots and MP3 for ‘Lumps of Plum Pudding’, Bledington in the MF Notation Library
Knights of King Ina
KOKI – back in 2010 faced with the imminent demise (never happened) of a set team, several people joined to study Jig dancing as a way of improving their dance and to avoid being reliant on large numbers to go to Festivals. That and there are not many Jig teams about – at the time we found 2 active and 2 inactive in the UK and another also just starting out like us.
At the outset we decided to avoid the inevitable provenance arguments about how its supposed to go and to revisit the – usually handwritten – first collection notes. Our re-interpretation of these is the same starting point that all the revivalists had (apart from those meeting the old dancers) any subsequent variation from first recorded is to suit the dance to us.
Over the years from humble beginnings we have performed at many festivals, won medals, and given a workshop series twice a year in Somerset covering most of the traditions that have Jig dances in their repertoire. There is a notation series and music for all of these available free from us. We now have regular members from the South Coast to Herefordshire and meet regularly to practice (subject to legal restrictions!), members of the team have taught and performed in Europe and Australia and during Lockdown we developed a video set and notation for Ilmington teaching used internationally.