In the summer we dance Cotswold
In the summer we perform dances from the Cotswold tradition and wear purple, green and white, the colours of the women's social and political (suffragette) movement. We dance in the traditions of Ducklington, Fieldtown and Humberstone Gate, a style unique to Black Annis choreographed by some of our original members. Humberstone Gate is named after the street in which it was first danced.
Black Annis is fortunate in that a number of its dancers are also musicians. Pictured above are Karen on fiddle and Stephanie and Mary on melodeon. We also have Judy and Mal on whistle and William Morris on drum.
But in the winter we go Molly....
Although this can get us into trouble!
In winter we perform dances from the Fenland 'Molly' tradition and abandon the political statement and unflattering garb for a full sparkly glamour kit of gold or silver with black.
Tom Lehrer in Derbyshire
Black Annis have their own, superior, female equivalent to Tom Lehrer, Judy Hardman, who has written a number of fabulous songs, which we famously (or infamously) sing inviting all and sundry to join in. Impromptu performances have been held in buses, on canal boats, public houses and on the camp site at festivals.
If you would like to view an edited version of our songs please click Black Annis Songbook, Highlights