Orange Peel Morris

The Border Morris dancing side

from the Orangeville area

north-west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 
 

History

  1. August, 1996 — Inaugural Meeting

  2. November, 1996 — First Dance-Out

  3. November, 1998 — Orange Peel Wort

  4. May, 2004 and July 2008 and July 2012 — England Tours

  5. … summer concerts: Crucible, Johnny Collins & Graeme Knights, Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews, Crucible (again!)


Fees and Costs

  1. Annual Membership Fee — $25 or so …

  2. Kit (Outfit/Costume) Fee — varies

  3. Ales, Worts, etc — $10 – $50

  4. Festivals, etc — Free Entrance


Practices and Rehearsals

  1. September to May: Thursdays from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, at The Avalon Nursing Home (Broadway West, Orangeville)

  2. May to September: Thursdays from 7:30 pm – dusk, often at Alexandra Park, Second Street, behind the Opera House, Orangeville.
          Note: Summer practice locations change regularly. Call any member to confirm the location.


Dancers and Musicians

  1. Ali — dancer

  2. Ann — dancer, calendar maven

  3. Cathy — dancer, concertina

  4. Ceinwen — dancer

  5. Chris B — ukelele

  6. Chris C — dancer, whistle

  7. Chris E — dancer, drum

  8. Dave — Squire, concertina, dancer, navigator

  9. David — Ass's 'Oss

  10. Dickson — banjo, guitar

  11. Donna — dancer, cooks-with-spices!

  12. Elizabeth — fiddle, dancer

  13. Elswyth — dancer, fiddle

  14. (Mary) Grainne — dancer, flute, concertina

  15. Jan — fiddle

  16. Janet — dancer, accordion

  17. John B — dancer-with-light-feet, nose flute, whistle, bodran

  18. Joy — dancer, stick percussion

  19. Krystyna — dancer, fan of things black and white

  20. Lucy — dancer

  21. Magi — dancer, Bagger extraordinaire!

  22. Mark C — melodeon, dancer

  23. Mark W. — Squire, fife, whistle, pipe and tabor, dancer (?)

  24. Nancy — violin, dancer

  25. Parky — Professor Bag, dancer, concertina, keeper of history

  26. Pumpkin — whistle, dancer

  27. Shannon — Dance Fore and keeper of details

  28. Sherry — dancer

  29. Sue — dancer and cookies

  30. Sydney — dancer

  31. Tina — bodran, triangle, tambourine

  32. Tom — Music Fore, accordion extraordinaire, dancer


The Orange Peel's Kit

  1. Top Hat ... or some other hat, with or without feathers (pheasant, wild turkey or whatever …)

  2. Tatter Shirt/Coat (no orange, please!)

  3. Knickers ... or long pants ... or shorts ...

  4. Long Stick (1; 36 inches)

  5. Short Stick (2; 18 inches)

  6. Hankies (2)

  7. Knee Socks ... often of extravagant colours, and seldom matched ...

  8. Shoes (good arch support)

  9. Leg Bells (28 per leg)

  10. Sunglasses and bandana (optional)

  11. Beer mug (?optional?)

  12. ... whatever else you can get away with ... as long as there’s no orange ...


Border Dance Repertoire

  1. Boghouse Door (our own dance)

  2. Break A Leg (our own dance by Nancy and Krystyna et al)

  3. Bromsberrow Heath

  4. Crooked Billet

  5. Dawley (after Basset Street Hounds and Red Stags)

  6. Dilwyn

  7. The Drunken Idiot

  8. Dufferin (Con-)Fusiliers (our own dance)

  9. Evesham

  10. Green Man

  11. Hunt The Hare (after The Witchmen)

  12. John Peel’s Reel Wheel (our own dance)

  13. Just as The Tide Was Flowing (after The Witchmen)

  14. Morningstar

  15. Mr. Dolly

  16. Much Wenlock

  17. Nightingale’s Revenge (our own dance by Shannon)

  18. Northumberland Musketeers

  19. Ockington Stick Dance

  20. Poston

  21. Stephenson’s Rock-it (after ?)

  22. The Prisoner

  23. Three-Legged Man (our own dance by John Burton)

  24. John Peel's Real Wheel

  25. Worcestershire Monkey (after Wicket Brood)

  26. ... in times past: The Upton-on-Cold-Barn Stick Dance / The Upton-on-Severn Stick Dance
                                 / Brimfield / Not Upton-on-Severn Stick Dance

  27. ... also some of us are known to dance-in with some Cotswold stuff ...


Links

  1. Orange Peel Home

  2. Orange Peel Gallery

  3. Orange Peel Wassail 2002

  4. Toronto May Morning, 2001

  5. Toronto Ale, 2001


  6. General Morris Links (most certainly not an exhaustive list!)

  7. Origin of the Morris ... some of it even serious ...

  8. Alphabetic List of Morris Dance & Sword Dance...

  9. Border Morris History

  10. Index to Roy Dommet's Border & Other Dance Notes

  11. Ishmael on Morris Dancing

  12. ABC Library of Morris Tunes

  13. Folk Play Archive - Mumming Plays

  14. Pipe and Tabor, THE Morris Instrument

 

Who We Are

For more information, corrections and comments,

please contact the Orange Peel web-master:

or the Orange Peel Squire