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Poacher Morris have a repertoire of many traditional and not-so-traditional border Morris dances.  In our current dance out list are:

Battle of Bailgate:

Long stick dance for 6. Tune: Mominette
A Poacher Morris original written by our Squire to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Lincoln in 1217. Students of military history will recognise the major troop movements depicted in dance form…. (if they have a very vivid imagination!)

Black Swan:

Short stick dance for 6.   Tune: Amoco Stomp
A Poacher Morris original dance, loosely based on the Tchaikovsky ballet – not.

Coleville:

Long stick dance for 8.   Tune: Steamboat
Wayzgoose taught Poacher Morris this dance, but it’s not good in the middle?

Crooked Billet:

Long stick dance for 6.   Tune: King of the Faeries
Diminutive criminals Edward and William?

Cuckoo’s Nest:

Short stick dance for 4.   Tune: Cuckoo’s Nest
Lots of sticks in both, but no eggs in our version.

Greenman:

Short stick dance for 7.   Tune: Theme Vanitee
A Poacher Morris original dance, about a Jealous Alien?

Hook North / Hook East

Short stick dance for 8 (North) or 4 (East). Tune: Schroder’s Schottische.
Hook North was learnt from Slubbing Billy’s, and Hook East is our cut down variant.

Hunting the Hare:

Short stick dance for 4 (or 6 if we’re feeling brave).   Tune: Enlist for a Sailor
Rabbit chasing for balding Morris dancers?

Maiden’s Prayer:

Short stick dance for 4.   Tune: Variant on Rickett’s Hornpipe
Poacher Morris waving their sticks about – what more could a maiden want? Look out for our 8 dancer variant “Maiden’s Cross”.

Plumbread:

Short stick dance for 6.  Tune: William Taylor’s Tabletop Hornpipe
An original dance by Sally from Bourne Borderers who taught it to Poacher. A Lincolnshire delicacy danced delicately (sometimes).

Rochester Thistle:

Short stick dance for 8.  Tune: The Dark Girl
A prickly subject for Jane?

Tinner’s Rabbits:

Stick dance for 3’s from Grimspound Morris, adapted and adopted by Poacher Morris.  Tune: Foul Weather Call
Solderer’s Binnies in a Can?

Twiglet:

Long stick dance for 5.   Tune: Battle of Aughrim / Great North Run
A stick dance originally performed with knobbly snacks made with yeast extract; however we now use hazel sticks that last longer but are not as tasty.

Waltzing Matilda:

Long stick dance for 5.   Tune: Waltzing Matilda
Confusingly, not in waltz time, and none of us are called Matilda!

Witchend:

Short stick dance for 8.   Tune: William Taylor’s Tabletop Hornpipe
The Head or Toes of Nanny Ogg

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