Morris dancers to return to Whidbey Island

Aug 27, 2014
Courtesy of: Jon Pfaff The MossyBack Morris Men will perform three times in the 27th annual Whidbey tour on Sept. 13.

The MossyBack Morris Men of Seattle will dance their way through southern Whidbey Island on Sept. 13.

This year, they will be joined by their annual partners, the Vancouver Morris Men of Vancouver, B.C., and special guests Bridgetown Morris Men of Portland, Ore.

The 27th annual tour starts on Front Street in Coupeville at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and ends at the Boy & Dog Park in Langley.

The following is the schedule of the 2014 Whidbey tour for Saturday, Sept. 13:

10:30 a.m.: Front Street, Coupeville

Noon: Bayview Farmers Market, Bayview Rd., Langley

3 p.m.: Boy & Dog Park, First Street, Langley

Morris dance is an English folk dance of an unknown origin. Dancers in colorful costumes with bell pads on their shins wave handkerchiefs and clash sticks in rhythm with live music.

The instruments performed during these dances are the melodeon, as well as the occasional accompaniment of fiddle, concertina and drum.

The MossyBack Morris Men dance the Cotswold style, as is tradition in the Bledington and Ducklington villages. The team has also created some new dances to add to the repertoire of traditional dances.

Visit the dancers' websites at www.mossyback.com, www.vancouvermorrismen.org and http://www.bridgetownmorrismen.com.

If you have questions or need more information, call Jon Pfaff at 206-522-4149 or email him at jonpfaff01@fastmail.fm.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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