Despite the radio silence, Black Hart have been busily purveying their unique variety of black-clad morris at various dance outs over the spring and summer.
We were delighted to dance in honour of that well-known Palestinian, St George, in Sheffield on the 25th June, alongside the Sheffield Giants, Sheffield Steel Rapper and a number of other teams who escape me now (this being written 2 months after the event in question).
Thanks to the marvel of moving picture technology, we are able to bring the following clip of Black Hart’s version of Idbury Hill to our literally handfuls of fans across the globe:
On the strength of this – or maybe because they couldn’t find anyone else to ask at short notice – we were invited by the chaps of Five Rivers to join them at a dance out on platform 1 of Sheffield railway station. Fortunately this platform is adjacent to the Sheffield Tap, so we were able to stay lubricated between dances. It got rather cold towards the end, and the sound of the trains was occasionally irksome (although Simon made a stoical – if tuneless – effort of bellowing ‘Pilgrimage’ over the roaring twin diesels of the 20:42 to Huddersfield), but a great time was had by all. Simon’s mum and dad came to watch, and a few passengers were delighted by the free entertainment.
Our most recent official engagement of the summer came in the form of Sheffield City Morris Men’s day of dance, celebrating the 40th anniversary or their inauguration. It rained most of the day but the Winter Gardens provided an excellent all-weather venue for a bit of capering and jigging. Later there was the opportunity to dance in Tudor Square with loads of morris teams from all over the country. We wish SCMM another 40 happy years of dancing, by which time many of the dancers will be over 100 years old…
“What next?” I hear you cry. Well, Black Hart will once again be entering the double jig competition at Sidmouth this year. Wish us luck! Once that’s all out of the way, we have some exciting dances to practise over the autumn and winter, introducing different Cotswold traditions to the repertoire; and another foray into ‘singing for dancing’ which could become a bit of a signature feature for us.
Also, we have at least one new member to the team and a wider variety of instruments to bring to the table next year.
See you soon!