Our motto: “Oh God, this is hopeless!”
The motto originated back in 1983 during the National Folk Festival when the AMM were host to various morris teams from all over Australia. Geoff Wark and John Stirling were fortunate enough to have members of the Free Settlers Morris from Perth camped in the living room. JS made numerous attempts to rouse them from their slumber to ready themselves for the days dancing. Each time he noticed one very eager and obviously awake male dancer roll quickly from a position that is known in Morris circles as the “face to face” figure. After three or four attempts had been thwarted by Mr Stirling a plaintive cry was heard “Of God this is hopeless”.
Of course, from time to time, the motto takes on a more contemporary meaning in relation to our performance.