What better way to break up your frantic rush for locally-made presents, frenzied glugging of wildly-overpriced mulled wine and trampling of fellow Christmas market shoppers than standing in the bitter cold to watch us dance for an hour. Go on, it’ll be worth it. We’ll be there at the market square on the second Tuesday late-night Christmas market, so you should be too, followed by a Michaelmassy drink and sing-song at the Bay Horse just up the road.
See in the autumn with us and dance with the spirits at this important Samhain gathering in Boscastle, seat of Kernow magic and home of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. Along with some other dance sides and Boekka and Penkevyll, the Lands End Oss, we dance through the afternoon into the night, and sing out Samhain in the pub afterwards.
From The Dark Gathering themselves:
Join the fabulous Boekka and Penkevyll, the wonderful Welsh Maris, the stunning Beltane Border Morris and other fabulous performers (soon to be announced) at our 6th All Hallows Dark Gathering which is a FREE event. The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic welcome us and are extremely hospitable to our Welsh Maris who then bless their property and business for the new Celtic Year. An afternoon and evening of music, dance and seasonal celebration. For more information go to www.allhallowsgathering.com
Practice season starts on Thursday 10th October at 8pm in Chudleigh Knighton village hall. Come along. We teach new people a couple of dances and then assess. By Christmas we will decide who will be invited to join us and those invited will be instructed on making the kit. Those who do not make the grade will be fed to the Dartmoor Witches or thrown in the Teign.
Just turn up, or message us here or on Facebook for more details
OK. It's the last, the ultimate 'Out' of the season - Beltane are weary and soaking their aching feet - but regardless, they will rise to the occasion and give of their darkest and best - at this gathering with their country cousins The Wreckers, and OTHERS! If there's energy to be spent, dances to be danced, drink to be drunk, and songs to be sung, Beltane will be doing all that and more. One last time to see them before they go into hibernation! Good night and thank you. (Bows out...)
Here in the beautiful Teign Valley Beltane will be delivering their penultimate 'Out' of this summer season, and honouring their WONDERFUL MUSICIANS for all that they have delivered through a long, and often hot, summer. Dances will be danced with all the verve they have left. Songs will be sung with gusto. Sticks will be wielded with malice. They will be joined by Tinners Morris. And you can come and see all this for yourself... Beltane will be there, no matter what!
Beltane back on the Quay, outside The Prospect, in the fading summer, evening light. The clash of sticks; raised voices and lively dances. Urgency, passion, menace and beautiful music. Solid rhythms, melancholy melodies and harmonies. Beltane will be at their best - and joined by Mayhem - their old partners in crime. The season is fast coming to a close - so, make the most of these last opportunities to see them!
Beltane by the sea - turning up, turning round, turning out and eventually turning into the mad, wild and dark, noisy dancers and musicians, to entertain and possibly disturb you, between the pub and the deep blue sea - what can possibly happen? You're running out of time - this is one of the last three times we will be dancing out this season. Not to be missed!
Beltane gather to support Moretonhampstead Carnival on an exciting August Thursday evening! Could be balmy... Could be wet. But whatever the weather, Beltane will have their stomping boots polished, their feather and bones brushed and their sticks at the ready. This is home territory for many of Beltane - so they should be on good form. Come and see!
Beltane have been pushing and shoving, elbowing, snarling and almost coming to fisty cuffs, to get their place at this not-a-Folk Festival. Because they had such a great time last time, they are back again, all in a bit of a beautiful daze! Unfortunately the tickets are all sold out - so I hope you've got yours. Wishing you all beautiful summer days and nights!
Bouyed by our success at Bridport we are poised and ready to go to Sidmouth and shine - darkly, of course. Just look at six of us! But we will be many, many more at Sidmouth; loud, proud, energetic, booted and brimming with enthusiasm and attitude. A little sea air will be good for the lungs and the thirst. We can't wait! See you there!
'Come forth Beltane!' calls the Squire - and we come. Every year we return to one of our favourite pubs, and Beltane words are spoken, hands are waved, stories told, voices raised. We line up. We prepare. Dancers listen. Musicians warm up. Drums beat. Hearts beat. In the heart of Dartmoor, we are called, we come and we dance. And this time so do GRIMSPOUND BORDER MORRIS - A truly monumental evening is promised!
We're marching up to the Bridport Folk Festival, with some new faces, some old faces, all with blacked faces. We come with big sticks, black boots, bones, feathers, tatters, grimaces, growls, shouts, hard rhythms and mournful tunes, samples of lively dancing, the odd imperfection (very odd), a hunger for attention, and a thirst for rum, ...and ale, oh yes ...and gin. WE were so well received on our last visit so we are keen to return. Will YOU be there?!
Catch Cogs and Wheels swishing and Beltane stamping at The Cleave, Lustleigh on Thursday, 18th July, from 19.45.
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Look who we're sending over to Shaugh Prior to scare the children and worry the dogs... Beltane remember the last time they were there, and the chips - oh the chips! A great time was had last year, and it might be repeated again - only this time they will have Catseye with them - this should be interesting and just a little bit worrying!
We are jumping for joy to be returning to dance with our old friends and colleagues Otter Morris on this auspicious day - the 4th July! There will be merry making and Beer swilling, stick waving and fancy footwork, laughter and a healthy dose of competition - but that's what we do when we're with friends! Come and watch the sport and avoid the flying bits!
I tried to find a photograph of us looking like sailors... or at least pirates... but this is as near to the water as I could get! And it is Teignmouth after all. So heave ho me hearties - come and join us outside and inside the Old Jolly Sailor, with our dear old friends, Isambard's Gasket Rats - pirates one and all - Ha Harrr!!
Beltane are heading for Evesham to dance their best and will try and be on their best behaviour... because they want the Evesham stick - a prestigious staff for the best Morris side of the weekend... and they don't take failure well! Hmmm - should be interesting (By the way the weekend is already fully booked)
Another journey to Topsham to dance with their old friends, Glory of the West, and hopefully, if Beltane have recovered from their spell at Chippenham, a good time will be had by all. Let's hope the weather is good, the beer is plentiful, the spirit is strong and the flesh is willing!
WELL! Some of us are VERY HAPPY to be going to Chippenham Folk Festival again. WE are very excited - as you can tell! We can hardly contain ourselves - and someone can't contain herself at all! So much to see and do - I hope you will be going too - it could be AMAZING!
The timeless imagery and the legends of Dartmoor inspire many of Beltane’s dances. In this 2 hour workshop we’ll share the behind-the-scenes process that we use to make new dances written as a side from old stories. With guidance and our fabulous band, we’ll teach you one of our dances and support you in the creation of a new one, told with true Beltane moodiness and guts! Please bring comfortable clothes to dance in (layers you can take off), footwear that is comfortable to dance in, liquid refreshment because you will need it and, if possible, a 2 foot stick (not a great long one) although there will be a limited number of sticks available. In the Consti Hall. It's an official Chippenham Folk Fest event and so there will be an entrance fee (not yet known by us) but it will be free to festival day and full weekend ticket holders. Check their website for further details which they will publish close to the event. You don't need to be a morris dancer and all are welcome....
Beltane will be throwing their sticks about outside this charming pub in Plympton St Maurice - a new pub to me - but it looks very nice! Our Cornish cousins The Wreckers will be joining us there - so expect noise, energy, fun and perhaps a touch of competition, and a smidgen of menace!
We've sent our scarey scout to this old Beltane haunt, to let them know that we're coming back to renew old acquaintances and dance with our old friends NEWTON BUSHEL! Our first Thursday out - here we go again! Do come and join us - we should be all fired up and ready to go!
Join us whatever the weather decides to throw at us as Beltane Border Morris and other local morris sides dance the sun up at Hay Tor. And if the sun's not visible expect to hear the defiant roar of our fire torches in the howling gale and the incessant sizzle of rain, hail and snow vapourising amongst our flames! We gather from 5 and the morris side that can muster a set first starts this ancient celebration marking the arrival of summer!