Isca Morrismen were joined by Sweyns Ey and Cardiff Ladies
Morris dancers to greet the dawn in Caerleon Amphitheatre
on May Day 2006.
didn't dress up in their colourful costumes, arrive in the
amphitheatre before dawn and dance around bells jingling
and kerchiefs waving to please their audience. We were
both thrilled at the spectacle and left feeling uplifted.
But they didn't care that only two of us had watched. They
were there to mark the beginning of Summer, and as the sky
lightened and another day dawned we shared with the dancers
and musicians a feeling of oneness with the rhythm of nature.
ninety minutes of dancing, at around half past six, the
Isca Morrismen led the Cardiff and Swansea 'sides' over
the Old Roman Road to their local for a hearty breakfast
and a few welcome beers. Essential refreshment, setting
them up for a busy day... and audiences. They later performed
at Saint Woolos Cathedral, Newport, the Nags Head, Usk,
the Carpenters Arms, Shirenewton, and rounded the day off
at Magor Spring Fair.
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