Our Mates and Other Things…

This page is for links to all sorts of people, events and places that we have the privilege of knowing. It’s under permanent construction, but will include Morris Teams that we’ve danced out with, places we’ve danced at (or will be dancing at) and pubs that serve a good pint and tolerate bad singing and progressively deteriorating box playing as the night goes on.

The Commercial, Slaithwaite – Slubbing Billys local, many of the side can be found here after practice on a Tuesday night.

The Sair Inn, Linthwaite – Another fine purveyor of real ales including the very apt Linfit Brewery’s ‘Enoch’s Hammer’.

Holmfirth Festival of Folk  – A community celebration (not to be confused with the former Holmfirth Folk Festival which has now moved to another site near Holmfirth and is now known as the Shepley Spring Festival). The Festival has just successfully completed it’s eighth year under new management, and still has concerts, ceilidhs and sessions in the pubs, and of course Morris dancing (including us) in Holmfirth over FoF weekend, so why not come and join in!

Stockport Morris – Good friends from Stockport, south of Manchester for those who may be further afield. The only side in the north to have a branch office in Rochester. Renowned for their late night (music) sessions.

The Internationally Famous Pebworth Morris Men – From Pebworth, near Evesham. We’ve spent many happy nights in their company (particularly at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton). One of the few sides that drink more than we do!

Moor and Coast Festival – Takes place every year over May Day weekend. Like most Morris sides we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to May Day, but we always enjoy a trip to Whitby. Note: This has been cancelled for 2012 due the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Maids of the Mill – The Maids, and Utrecht Morris looked after us on our inaugural tour of Europe (well Holland), and we met up with them again in Bruges when we visited in May 2006.

Wrigley Head Morris Men – Many people who dance with Slubbing Billys also dance with Wrigley Head.

Oakworth Village Morris Men – Our old (well less of the old…) mates from over the hill (no pun intended) who are often seen in and around Haworth. We join them occasionally to stagger around the village under the influence of our other good friend Timothy Taylor.

The Man of Kent Ale House – The Man of Kent Ale House is in Rochester, which is (funnily enough) in Kent – not exactly local but it’s worth the trip when we join in with the annual Sweeps Festival that takes place every May Day weekend.

Greystones B&B, Rochester – Anyone visiting the Sweeps (or any other event) at Rochester who aren’t too keen on camping (aka sleeping outside on the ground and trekking several hundred yards in the cold/rain/dark to the loos and showers) should contact Bill or Bev at Greystones. Apart from being made very comfortable, and very welcome, it’s only about 10 minutes walk into the centre of Rochester which solves all the problems of getting into town and back again following a hard days dancing (and who’s getting younger….?) However, be quick as we’ll be there first!

Open Morris – One of the organisations that support Morris Dancing Teams nationally providing insurance, information etc. We’re a member and so are many of our mates. You can find links to other sides here and all sorts of other Morris type information.

Morris Federation – Same as above. There are various benefits to being in both organisations but don’t ask me what they are.

David Mallinson – David plays button accordion amaizingly well, show tunes as well as traditional folk music. He sells books on traditional songs and music.

Slaithwaite Community Centre – Our home base and practice hall.

Thieving Magpies – A border morris side based up the road from us in Marsden. The Magpies are quite often seen dancing locally with us.

Old Meg Morris – A North West morris side that have been and danced out for Luddite Lunacy, our weekend of dance.

HEPWORTHLIVE – The folk nights at Hepworth started in Feb 2009 originally as a one off event for the village and to raise funds for the village hall association. The idea came from Paul & Di Drury, both keen music fans (Di is also a member of Slubbing Billys).  The first show featured Sheffield band Crucible and was a great success and inspired them to put on a whole series of similar nights. From Sept 2010 the folk nights became known as HEPWORTHLIVE.

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