Rare Trades and Skills, Swan Hill 2009
14 September 2009
To be a Morris man is to live a regardless life. These are men apart, oblivious of or immune to the mockery and the curled lips. They keep alive an uncared-for and unwanted tradition – simply for the pleasure of a thing itself, and their own company, and bladder-deforming quantities of beer.
— A.A. Gill in a Times article August 2009
In the middle of country Victoria is the town of Swan Hill. In the town is a Pioneer Settlement dedicated to a way of life long gone. In that Museum is celebrated part of a travelling expedition of Rare Trades and Skills. And what rarer trade or skill have you ever seen than Morris Dancing?
The Adelaide Morris Men and Britannia Morris Men came together in a weekend of dancing, drinking and general roisterous behaviour in the finest tradition of the Morris. Over the weekend we distracted the Saturday morning crowds from their procuring of the weekly chattels, stopped a train, and a great tour was had by all.
As to Rare Trades and Skills – Swan Hill has now had their fill of both.
We collected money for a charity, crossed the border with no concern for taxes or the law and drank a elegant sufficiency of fine ales.
But not to be out done by the bacchanalian frivolities that so bemused the town we also danced our socks off in the best Morris style.
Two days of too much dancing, eating, drinking, and more fun than should be legal.