This is a new cotswold morris dance written in the style of the Bledington tradition.
Many years ago I wrote a tune called Bang On The Wall which is named after the ceilidh band I play in. I originally thought we might be able to use it as a tune for dancing but realised it is perhaps more suited to a morris dance than a ceilidh dance.
Over the years I had various ideas about putting a dance to this tune. It seemed to me that it would fit the Bledington or Bucknell styles well, but I never quite got around to putting some proper notation together for a dance, until I spotted a post on Facebook from Craig Simmonds who is foreman for Bedcote Morris. I know Craig through The Bunnies From Hell. He was teaching Bledington to Bedcote and was looking for 'new and interesting dances' so I sat down to properly work out the dance, and sent him the tune and the notes. Craig sent me a video of his side going through the dance at practice, which was lovely to see, and they also very kindly invited me to join them to dance it at Upton upon Severn Folk Festival.
This dance should be relatively straightforward to learn for anyone already familiar with other dances in the Bledington tradition although the backwards hook into the hey is unusual, so is not necessarily an ideal dance for beginners. These notes assume a basic knowledge of the Bledington figures and steps. Please get in touch if you would like a more detailed explanation.
If you would be interested in me coming to teach this dance to your side please do get in touch.