Sunday 9 September 2018

Louise Murray collection - Playford & Boadicia Women's Morris

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Thanks to Lou for sharing her photos & to Mike Young for adding names of Playford dancers.
Boadicia Women's Morris, 12th September 1982

Boadicea Women’s Morris started in the early 1980’s and I decided to join after talking to some of the dancers. I was already dancing with Sydney Playford at that stage. Boadicea and Black Wattle Morris Men did many things together, including some practices. Sydney Morris Men didn’t like us because as far as they were concerned, women didn’t wear the flowered hats, men’s clothing and baldrick. An old myth was that if you wore a Morrisman’s flowered hat you would fall pregnant - still waiting!

In 1983 I spent 4 months in the UK and Europe. While in London I went to the Cecil Sharpe House and bought 3 different sized Morris bells. It ended up that Boadicea not only had the largest sticks but we also had the largest bells! We used to meet in Glebe in the hall that was used by an aboriginal dance company, name escapes me. After every performance we would have to sweep the floor for splinters. We had many foot-ups and the one in the photos is at the Domain.  email 27/3/20

1.  Meredith, Jenny, Anne, Louise

2.  Back of no. 1

3.  Janet, Carol, ?, Meredith, Louise "Shooting"

4.  Back of no. 3

5. "Bluebells" Carol, Jill, Anne, Louise

7.  Back of no. 5.
Playford at 23rd National Folk Festival, Sutherland, Easter 1988 


8. left -
Patricia Early (blue),    Mike Waters (right)

9.  Back of 8


Playford at Blacktown

10.  Blacktown - 
Yoshi, Jaan, Maureen, Ros, Jim G, Louise, Lorraine, Mike, Patricia, Sharyn

11. Back of no. 10
Playford at Windsor, 1988



14. Back of no.13

Playford at N
ewcastle Folk Festival

15. Eric Eisler & Louise

16. Back of no. 15

17.  l to r -
Phil Baker, Errol, Bryden, Patricia

18. back of no. 17

19. Tess Mallos,
20. Back of no. 19

Playford at Picton Music Festival, Town Square, Argyle St

Lou, Mike Young, Jim Gambling, Margaret Winnett, Alex Bishop, Patricia Early

Playford at National Folk Festival, 2000
Ros thinks the NFF performance may have been 2001. It was definitely no earlier than 2000 and I don't think it would be later than 2003 as I don't have any digital pictures of it and I got my first digital camera in 2003. I think the girl in green is probably Susie Bishop. (Mike)
Photos by Bob Bolton - Bob Bolton collection - National Folk Festival 2000, Part 2 - (Jan 2023)

Dancers - Julie & Alex Bishop & Susie Bishop, Jaan Boersma, Jim Bradman, Pat Burnett, Patricia Early, Eric Eisler, Jim Gambling, Sharyn Mattern, Louise Murray, Lorraine Tomlinson, Yoshi, Ros & Mike Young.

Louise & JimG, Julie & Alex, Sharyn & Susie. Standing out Patricia, Yoshi, Eric

23. Ros & Mike (front), back Louise & JimG, Julie, Alex, Sharyn, Susie. Standing out Patricia, Yoshi, Eric


looks like Love 'em and Leave 'em. Not really Playford but written by a former member of the group, Noreen Grunsheit.
Yoshi, Eric, Lorraine, Jaan (top hat), JimB, Sharyn & Mike. Standing out - JimB, Lou, Susie.

26.  Lou, Yoshi, Mike, JimG, Alex, Julie, Patricia. Standing out
Pat, JimB

Eric & Patricia,
JimG & Julie, Yoshi & Mike at front,  Louise & Alex. Standing out - Pat, JimB, Lorraine, Jaan.

28. Eric, Yoshi, Patricia, Louise, Julie & Alex, Mike.  Standing out - Pat, JimB, Lorraine, Jaan

29. JimG, Julie, Lou, Patricia, Eric

30. Patricia, Lou, Jaan, JimB, Eric & Susie behind Jim, Yoshi, Sharyn (blue), Alex & Julie, Mike, Ros, JimG, Lorraine

31.  Yoshi, Jaan, Eric, Lou, Julie, Patricia, Alex, Susie, Lorraine, Jim B, Sharyn (blue, cut off)
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