The style of morris dancing known as 'border' originates mainly from four English counties - Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. The origins of the tradition are lost in the mists of time, but it is quite probable that border morris dancing predates the other styles of morris dancing given that it is arguably more simplistic in its style than the morris dances of the Cotswolds and North West of England.
Border morris dancing was at its height in the 1850's - 1860's and was always performed by men. Each village had its own style of dancing and costume, and dances were developed which were exclusive to a particular village. Border dancers often would black their faces with burnt cork to disguise their identity if they were busking, which was tantamount to begging in the nineteenth century. The dancers were sometimes referred to as 'Not For Joers' and the dancing as 'Not For Joeing' after the popular border dance and tune 'Not For Joe'.
As the twentieth century developed, the popularity of border morris dancing faded. Its revival in the 1970's is mostly due to the influence of John Kirkpatrick and his team 'Shropshire Bedlams', providing the inspiration for modern-day border morris dancing teams throughout the world.
Hot For Joe is an Adelaide-based women's border morris team formed in 1993 by Mary McFadden. The team has developed a highly styled, truly unique form of morris dancing, which essentially emphasises the importance of precise and energetic dancing while at the same time presenting a mysterious, wild and dramatic performance. In both 1995 and 1997, the group was the recipient of a South Australian Folk Federation Award, and were also nominees for a SAMIA (South Australian Music Industry Association) award in both of these years. These accolades have reflected not only the group's growing popularity, but also a renewed respect for this ancient art form.
All of the dance repertoire has been choreographed within the team and some of the tunes used are also originals. When performing in public, Hot For Joe wear a 'kit' which consists of black tunic dresses, black and white striped leggings and black 'Doc Marten' type boots. Bells are worn on the feet, and faces are painted black in a mask-like appearance, just as those of our border-dancing ancestors were. During the warmer months, a more appropriate version of the kit is worn - featuring less layers and more skin!
Since its inception, Hot For Joe have attracted a strong following, and have performed at such events as the Woodford Folk Festival (Qld), the National Folk Festival (Canberra), the Maldon Folk Festival (Vic), the South Australian Folk Festival, South Australian Medieval Fair, the South Australian Tourism Awards, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Hot For Joe is an inspiring modern interpretation of an ancient dance tradition.
|THE TIME||THE PLACE||THE DETAILS|
|Saturday 20th May 2017||The English Ale, Mylor Hall and Oval, Strathalbyn Road, Mylor, SA||A festival day to celebrate many English Folk customs and traditions including Morris dancing, Mummers play, Punch and Judy show, masked torchlight procession, parading pageant giants, bonfire and burning of the Wicker Man, plus other musical entertainment into the night. The Morris will be dancing throughout the afternoon|
|Saturday 22nd July 2017||Wassail! Cobley's (Aussie) Cider, Hoffnungsthal Road, Lyndoch, SA||Celebrating the ancient tradition of wassailing the apple trees, we will be dancing in the afternoon|
|5th August 2017||Australian Discworld Conventions, Nullus Anxietas VI, The Discworld Grand Tour, Lakes Resort Hotel, West Lakes, Adelaide, SA||Hot For Joe will perform three dances in the Dark Morris style. With only the drum beat and clashing of sticks to guide their stepping - the Dark Morris style really emphasises their precise and dramatic co-ordination. If you like what you see - be sure to sign up for the Dark Morris Workshop!|
|Saturday 19th August 2017||Adelaide, SA||Australian Morris Ring Ale, dancing with many morris sides from Australia and overseas and a variety of locations. More details soon...|
|Sunday 20th August 2017||Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George Street, Thebarton, SA||Spiral Dance CD Launch at the wonderful Wheaty...we will be dancing between musical sets|
|26th-27th August 2017||Oak, Bash and Thorn Pagan Morris Workshop weekend||More details to come...|
|28th-29th October 2017||Fleurieu Folk Festival, Railway Tce., Willunga, SA||To be confirmed...|
|Wednesday 1st November 2017||Mount Lofty Lookout, Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers, SA||Dance up the dawn to see in the Spring; equivilent to May Day (Beltaine) in the Southern Hemisphere|
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The English Ale last happened on 21st May 2016 at Mylor Hall and Oval; a wonderful event and probably the biggest yet!
The event will return, bigger and better, in May 2017!
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