St Stephen's Day 2005
Andalucia in Glemsford

Quick while no-one's watching!

From Spain to Egypt

For the second year running, Glemsford's Boxing Day echoed to the sound not only of clashing Morris sticks, swishingly starched hankies and leg-bells akimbo, but also to the unmistakeable click and clatter which is so redolent of Andalusia.
Some people of course believe that "Morris" is a corruption of the word "Morisco", and that our white-clad heroes themselves are maintaining a tradition developed by Iberian people, heavily influenced by North Africa.
Whatever the truth of this, it is certainly a delight to see such vivid colour and movement on a cold winter's day. Our grateful thanks to the Spanish Ladies. We hope this is yet another tradition-in-the-making.
See you next year.
But before then, as if by magic, a second page of Flamenco 2005 is now available.
  • Background Music: "Spanish Ladies"
  • Prepared by Lesley Nelson-Burns
  • Acquired, with thanks, from:
We win!  I think I've got some chewing gum stuck on my shoe 
Which foot first? I win! 
Do that again and I'll rattle your castanets Huh. Who NEEDS Morris? 
I can do no worse here than quote Simón el Rubio (
"Flamenco today is made up of the song (cante), the dance (baile), the guitar (toque) and extra elements of rhythmic accompaniment, such as handclapping (palmas), finger snapping (pitos), tongue clicking and even knuckle bashing on a tabletop. Castanets - a Spanish-classical influence - are also played in some dances and performers often shout words of encouragement known as jaleo. During quieter moments and with a bottle of sherry on the table, there may be recitation of poetry with or without guitar accompaniment. "
Sherry? Quick lads - mine's a pint!


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