A Merry Morrissing St George’s Day

It was so good to return to dancing at the Oxford Folk festival over the St George’s day weekend after so long.

A lovely day with a nice variety of dance spots with some great Sides. Everyone seemed in such high spirits and happy to be performing again so the atmosphere was buzzing!

Never miss a chance to put one of our younger members in the stocks…

Then on returning it was a quick dash down to The Cases Altered in Pinner to dance with Merrydowners for St Georges Day Evening 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

A great day and a great start to the season.

We are back!!!!

Finally, after all these months, Phoenix are back out and dancing. The Swanage Folk Festival was our first dance out since 2020 and we had an absolute whale of a time!

Phoenix turned out in force for the festival, even welcoming one of our new members into kit for the first time. A little rusty on some of our dances we still managed to give a great enthusiastic performance with lots of laughs along the way.

Saturday saw our youngest Phoenix Phollower joining his second Swanage procession at the ripe old age of 2 1/2.

Sunday ended with our now traditional dance in the sea. Always a lot of fun.

Overall a fantastic weekend! Thanks to everyone involved. It is good to be back!

Are we a morris Side or a ‘Sports Team’?

Who would have thought that our first (so far only…) dance out of 2021 would be in such illustrious company?

A couple of weeks ago, a small selection of Phoenix members ventured to a top secret location to meet London based band, Sports Team and take part in the video for their latest single.

A little teaser from the Sports Team instagram account

The band wanted to include some swords in the video so undaunted we borrowed a set of Rappers from our old friends Hawksword and set about learning how to tie a lock with them!

Concentrating hard…

We had a great time over the 2 days of filming teaching the band an adapted version of Black Joker and getting involved in the filming.

You can see Sports Team’s video here: https://youtu.be/uYVsEMPwmA8

We’re still here…

It has been a whole year since Phoenix Morris made the decision to suspend Practice due to Covid-19. A whole year of no festivals, pub nights and ceilidhs.

BUT we are still here.

Over the past 12 months, Phoenix have carried on practising via Zoom every wednesday from the comfort of our various living rooms. We’ve held virtual, practices, a virtual AGM and even a virtual Christmas dinner complete with Charades.

We have taken part in the lone morris festivals. We managed to comply with Covid rules and hold a face to face practice during the gap between lockdowns.

Enjoying our annual side dinner via zoom

In a burst of creativity we even have 2 new dances written by side members who have decided to try their hands at writing a dance for the first time.

Phoenix morris are most definitely still standing and raring to get back to dancing whenever that becomes possible. We can’t wait to get our kit on and see our morris mates when events start up again.

We are still here and we really hope you will be too!

Rise of the Phoenix

This afternoon Phoenix held their first face to face practice since the beginning of lockdown.

Some of had become a bit too used to Zoom practices from the comfort of our armchairs!

All precautions were taken to stick within the Covid guidance – sets of 6 became bubbles of 6, all equipped with Visors and with a few adjustments to our dances.

Our fabulous foreman, Sue, took us through Shepherds Hey, Saturday Night, The Bell, Black Joker, Bluebells of Scotland and Upton upon Severn Stick.

We were all a bit rusty but a great time was had by all!

We even had a special guest join us.
And TWO birthday gift presentations for side members who have had ‘big’ birthdays recently.