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The Black Farmer Dances Through the Summer

With the Dartmoor Border Morris

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, aka The Black Farmer, is well known for his love of Morris Dancing and none more so than his local troupe – Dartmoor Border Morris – who he continues to support this year.

A packed calendar of engagements – all raising money for the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team – will give many people the opportunity to enjoy this traditional spectacle, and maybe even join in!

Says Wilfred: “The vibrant movement, costumes, music and colour, really captivates my senses. I just love the camaraderie, unity and flamboyance of the sport and its British tradition – and the way it unites a group of men and women for the simple enjoyment of dance and celebration of life. I hope everyone can get out and enjoy some Morris dancing this summer!”

The Dartmoor Border Morris and friends will be dancing at the following venues:

19th May, 8pm

The White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior with guests Beltane Border Morris

25th May, 8pm

The Walkhampton Inn, with guests Wreckers Morris

1st June, 8pm

The Tamar Inn, Calstock with guests Catseye Morris

11th June, All Day

Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge

18th June, Afternoon

Meavy Oak Fair

22nd June, 8pm

The White Hart Hotel, Menheniot with guests Tywardreath Morris

25th June, Afternoon

Tavistock Pride Festival, Meadowlands Park

28th June, 8 pm

Seven Stars Inn, Tamerton Foliot, with guests , The Old Town Twelve

15th July, 8 pm

The Church House Inn, Holne with guests Dartington Morris

21st July, 8 pm

Peter Tavy Inn, with guests  Tinners Morris & Cog`s & Wheels Ladies Morris

27th July, 8 pm

The Pint & Post Inn, St Giles on the Heath, with guests Barrel Morris

31st July, all day

Sidmouth Folk Festival, as guests with 100s of other Morris sides

11th August, 8 pm

The Crumpled Horn Inn, Polperro, with guests Trigg Morris

16th August, 8 pm

The Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor with guests Black Bess Morris

24th August, 8 pm

The Cornwood Inn, with guests Harberton Navy

31st August, 8 pm

The Horse & Groom Inn, Bittaford, with guests Grimspound Border Morris.

1st September, 7.30pm

The Blacksmiths Arms, Lamerton with guests Lodestone Border Morris

13th September

all day Widecombe Fair

21st September, 7.30 pm

Practice evening in Meavy Parish hall.  Open to anyone who wants to dance or play a tune.

1st October, 2 pm

Bere Ferrers Apple Day Festival.

19th November, 10 am

Pudsey Day of Morris. Tavistock will have over 200 Morris dancers perform collecting for the BBC Children in Need appeal.

If you’re new to Morris Dancing, it’s a tradition that dates back as early as 1448.  Morris Dancing really is an art and has long been enjoyed by Englishmen and women.  Well known in England before the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot and even the Wars of the Roses, Morris Dancing boasts over 500 years of the evolution of a dance!