This ancient tradition seems to have made a comeback all over England this year so Apple crops should be plentiful.
Phoenix performed at 2 Wassails this January. Our local Wassail was an evening event at Croxley Green on the 17th. It was our best yet & very popular with the locals. Phoenix lit9 up the sky with Our Star Wars Dance which made its debut and attracted the crowds.
As Guests of OBJ along with Mayflower Morris we Wassailed at lunchtime in Wokingham on Sunday 19th.
The weather was kind to us for both events. We danced to entertain the public followed by the Ceremony then into the pub for some music and fun.
A great attendance by Phoenix Morris to perform at the Colne Valley Special Sailors Xmas gathering on the 18th December 2019 (A charity we have supported for many years). We were pleased to donate a charity cheque to them from our 2019 collections.
Phoenix gave an enthusiastic entertaining performance and were well received. We had a great response from our audience to participate in a dance and both those on foot and those in wheel chairs did well. It was rewarding to see how much this group enjoyed our presence.
A lovely way to finish up before Christmas.
Despite the cold and damp of Friday 29th November, Phoenix met to dance in the streets and add to the fun of Rickmansworth Winter Fair.
The streets were lined with stalls selling Christmas goods, food and drink.
Phoenix musicians valiantly played on as the dancers contributed to the festive atmosphere near Nero’s Coffee House dancing continuously for an hour!
We later moved along the High Street to entertain more stall holders, finally retiring to the pub to warm up…
A fun evening and a nice final dance out for the year!
The ravens weren’t the only birds at the Tower of London yesterday as Phoenix joined Pump House Clog to celebrate their 40th birthday.
They organized a fun day with perfect weather! Wicket Brood, Whitethorne and Hemlock Morris also joined the fun and together we creatled a lovely contrast of different types of Morris and costumes with a scenic background!
We particularly enjoyed a mass monkey with our fellow guest sides.
So many photo opportunities, our photos must end up all over the world as the tourists lap it up.
We finished the day with well earned cuppa and cake then homeward bound. As usual we did our normal dancing and playing on the tube – It had to be done!
Happy 40th Pump House!
After a summer off, Phoenix gathered once again for a weekend at Swanage folk festival.
Weather for Swanage can be a bit unpredictable but this year was ideal morris conditions – no rain and not too hot!
Phoenix put on a lively show as always at a variety of spots around town including a great performance of our dance Batchworth Stick at the Rowing Club.
On Saturday our day of dancing ended with the procession where the dancers were joined by their youngest member who at 7 months old was probably the youngest participant in this years procession and the only one to sleep through the whole thing!
On Sunday, phoenix ended the day by joining the ‘mass monkey’ then kicking off their shoes for the traditional dance in the sea which ended in chaos as our Foreman took a tumble, closely followed by the dancer who tried to help her up!
Overall a lovely weekend. Thanks to Basingclog, Marling morris, Exmoor morris and Rattan Hill who shared our spots and to the organisers for another great festival.
How I joined: My wife, Sue, and I lived on a narrow boat for the first 14 years of our married life and quite early on, 1977 or 8, we were at a boat rally on the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal. This is where I saw Grand Union Morris.