Sunday, 12 January 2014

Cyprus Morris Congratulations

Among the many warm wishes of thanks for the Hong Kong Morris on our 40'th anniversary, we received this delightful 'card' of greetings from the Cyprus Morris.  Many thanks, folks!

The Hong Kong Morris 40th Anniversary

A new year and a New Year's resolution from the Hong Kong Morris. We're going to be updating the blog regularly!

On Saturday 11th January the Hong Kong Morris held it's 40th Anniversary events.  The Hong Kong (UK) Morris (brackets) had their annual get-together at a splendid barn near Bromyard in Worcestershire, whilst the Hong Kong (HK) Morris (originals) joined them via live video-link up (it was only Skype, but it worked excellently) from the roof of Karin Malstrom's flat in Wanchai, high above the throbbing pulses of Lockhart Road. 
A splendid time was had by all.  Hong Kong danced then Bromyard danced, and there was even a cake baked in celebration - no doubt slices are winging their way to Hong Kong by express mail from England.  Martin Sampson (the 'father of the morris'?) did the honours by cutting the cake (with a knife, not a sword), thereby slicing the map of Hong Kong that had been iced on top.

We were also joined by Skype (yes, it can do 4-way if you pay extra - thanks to John Rowlands for jacking it all up) from Phuket and Sai Kung, by Bill Crump and Terry Mountain and Andy and Mary Houghton (whose birthday it also was) respectively. 

After the video link ended a jolly time was had by all, with a bit of a sing song and further refreshments (by the Hong Kong lot, anyway).  

Apart from the below-par level of ambient light in Wanchai, the only drama was caused by David Palmer, one of the Hong Kong Morris' indefatigable concertina musicians, deciding that he had extraordinary powers to subdue the vicious canine that was in the next door roof compound in Wanchai. His hand outstretched, no doubt to pass on his healing powers to quiet the hound, but the noise only became louder as David's fingers were pierced to the bone,  thereby causing him to decamp to the splendours of the Ruttonjee Hospital emergency department for the occasion for a series of anti-rabies injections.  On his return to join us on the Wanchai rooftop a couple of hours later, he was greeted by many enquiries for his good health, accompanied by a rendition of 'How Much is that Doggy in the Window'.

John Leighton

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

We're alive and kicking! Join the mailing list

Hello everyone!

Unfortunately the blog hasn't been updated for a while - and our Facebook presence too isn't that up to date.

However, we're still alive and kicking - very much so!

Join our email list (fill your details in here: ) and you'll get regular emails with all the info.

Thanks very much,

John Leighton

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Michaelmas Fair 2011

On Saturday 29th October, the Hong Kong Morris fulfilled the call for quality entertainment at the St. Johns Cathedral annual church fair, known as the Michaelmas Fair.  In years past the Morris had been a regular feature of the fair, and now a feature restored!

The weather was fine, the audience was plentiful, the Morris dancers were in abundance, and the Morris musicians put in a splendid performance.

The only thing lacking was post-dancing refreshment as the fair bar had unexpectedly run out of beer to slake our thirst.  The Morris ingenuity came to the fore and there was a rapid adjournment to a near-by hostelry, for several of those present.

Others stayed to enjoy the many splendours of the Michaelmas Fair, a piece of a foreign field that seemed like it was forever England.  How else could it be, after being graced by the presence of the almost divine Hong Kong Morris.

Karin Malstrom performed splendidly on the fiddle, leading the music for the first time, and David Palmer accompanied her with his new concertina, his first performance in public as a Morris musician - well done!   And, indeed, a hearty well done to the dancers too.  All those practice sessions are clearly starting to pay off.   Morris recruitment is still needed though - come to our website and sign up for emails !

The Morris performed, inter alia, Lads A Bunchem, Shepherd's Hey and the Morris Men's Finale, Bonny Green Garters, for the first time in perhaps a couple of years.   We were also graced, indeed blessed, given the occasion to a musical interlude from our fine musicians, together with the venerable Dave Wilmshurst with his concertina.

Don't forget to visit our websites audio-visual page for links to various photograph albums, and, also, our very first video online, which can be seen below.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Dance-Out at Mui Wo

Oh happy day.  On Sunday 25 September 2011, the morris danced out at Mui Wo once again, to honour the return of longstanding Hong Kong Morris stalwarts Sue & Dave Ellis and Sue & Charlie Papper.  The morris entertained the discerning customers of the China Bear, as well as passers by with fine renditions of Lads-a-Bunchum, Shepherd's Hey and [   ].

We were joined by many friends from the Hong Kong folk society, and a splendid time was had by all.

UPDATE: We are famous at last!  Mui Wo's resident morris dancer, our very own Kyoko Fukuda, has told us of her renewed eminence in her locale, as evidenced on local blog, 'Mui Wo and me'.  The morris will look kindly on any requests from her to help cope with the inevitable paparazzi.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Dance Out in Tai Hang, 6 November 2010

The Hong Kong Morris danced out on 6 November 2010 in the New Territories village of Tai Hang Village, between Tai Po and Fanling, to celebrate the fleeting presence in Hong Kong of former members Peter and Christine Baldwin. Peter and Christine (in green and yellow costumes) are now living in Cyprus and dancing with the Cyprus Morris. The event was also notable for introducing two new members, John Leighton and David Pickering, to the joys of morris dancing.

(From left to right: John Leighton, Kyoko Fukuda, Peter Baldwin, Christine Baldwin, David Pickering, Terry Mountain, Penny Mountain, Dave Wilmshurst)
A fine set of photographs of the event, taken by Cambridge Morris Men veteran Grahame Lockey, can be viewed atMorris Dance-Out in Tai Hang

Friday, 25 September 2009

Farewell Ale for Sue and Dave Ellis, 25 September 2009

A farewell ale was held for morris stalwarts Sue and Dave Ellis on 25 September 2009.   The Ellises had been with the side since 1980, Sue as a dancer and musician (melodeon) and Dave as a morris husband, a singer and drinker, and latterly a musician (tin whistle). 
(From left to right: Pete Benzie, Iris Benzie, Rita Gourlay, Dave Wilmshurst, Dave Ellis, Sue Ellis, Terry Mountain, Penny Mountain, Kyoko Fukuda)
The side sang the following song in their honour:
Farewell and Adieu to You, Hong Kong Morris

Chorus:          Farewell and adieu to you, Hong Kong Morris,
                        Farewell and adieu, we can no more remain,
                        For soon we must leave you and return to old England
                        But we hope in a short time to see you again.

When first we came here, ’twas a British colony,
Jim Carter he led us with despotic rule,
Our bagman was Tony, who collected the money,
And we practised on Wednesdays at South Island School.

When the practice was o’er, we’d repair for a tincture,
In the bar of the Herm we would drink copiously,
When the clock struck for midnight we’d flow down the Godown,
For we knew that tomorrow was our property.

How often we rose when the sun she was rising,
We’ve danced on the Peak at the break of the day,
We’ve danced at Fernando’s while the sardines were frying,
We’ve danced in the Red Lips and scarce got away.

We’ve played for the set on the pipe and melodeon,
We’ve sung of the divvel, as black as the coal,
We’ve retold the tale of the dodgy pawnbroker
We’ve trudged to the moor and we’ve fathomed the bowl.

We were there when they held the Last Ale of the Empire,
And twelve summers later, we’re still going strong,
We’ve had twelve years of dancing and music and laughter,
We took on the doubters, and proved them quite wrong.

We’ve spent half our life in this odd part of China,
We’ve seen the times change and we’ve watched the ale flow,
We’ve seen out Sir Murray, Sir Edward, Sir David,
We’ve seen out Chris Patten, but now we must go.

So farewell and adieu to you, Hong Kong Morris,
Let’s drink a good health to our friendships of yore,
For time passes over, and it’s soon we must leave you
But the memories we carry are thousands or more.