The style of morris dancing known as 'border' originates mainly from four English counties - Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. The origins of the tradition are lost in the mists of time, but it is quite probable that border morris dancing predates the other styles of morris dancing given that it is arguably more simplistic in its style than the morris dances of the Cotswolds and North West of England.
Border morris dancing was at its height in the 1850's - 1860's and was always performed by men. Each village had its own style of dancing and costume, and dances were developed which were exclusive to a particular village. Border dancers often would black their faces with burnt cork to disguise their identity if they were busking, which was tantamount to begging in the nineteenth century. The dancers were sometimes referred to as 'Not For Joers' and the dancing as 'Not For Joeing' after the popular border dance and tune 'Not For Joe'.
As the twentieth century developed, the popularity of border morris dancing faded. Its revival in the 1970's is mostly due to the influence of John Kirkpatrick and his team 'Shropshire Bedlams', providing the inspiration for modern-day border morris dancing teams throughout the world.
Hot For Joe is an Adelaide-based women's border morris team formed in 1993 by Mary McFadden. The team has developed a highly styled, truly unique form of morris dancing, which essentially emphasises the importance of precise and energetic dancing while at the same time presenting a mysterious, wild and dramatic performance. In both 1995 and 1997, the group was the recipient of a South Australian Folk Federation Award, and were also nominees for a SAMIA (South Australian Music Industry Association) award in both of these years. These accolades have reflected not only the group's growing popularity, but also a renewed respect for this ancient art form.
All of the dance repertoire has been choreographed within the team and some of the tunes used are also originals. When performing in public, Hot For Joe wear a 'kit' which consists of black tunic dresses, black and white striped leggings and black 'Doc Marten' type boots. Bells are worn on the feet, and faces are painted black in a mask-like appearance, just as those of our border-dancing ancestors were. During the warmer months, a more appropriate version of the kit is worn - featuring less layers and more skin!
Since its inception, Hot For Joe have attracted a strong following, and have performed at such events as the Woodford Folk Festival (Qld), the National Folk Festival (Canberra), the Maldon Folk Festival (Vic), the South Australian Folk Festival, South Australian Medieval Fair, the South Australian Tourism Awards, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Hot For Joe is an inspiring modern interpretation of an ancient dance tradition.
|THE TIME||THE PLACE||THE DETAILS|
|Thursday 4th April 2019||St Oswalds Church Hall, St Anns Place, Parkside, SA||Hot For Joe recruitment night. A chance for new members to try out with the team. $5 fee for new recruits|
|Tuesday 30th April 2019||Port Noarlunga, SA||Dancing down the sun before the Northern Hemisphere Morris teams dance up the sun on May Day! We'll be dancing from 5pm|
|Saturday 4th May 2019||The English Ale, Mylor, SA||Morris, music, processions, bonfires and other mayhem that is English folk customs and traditions. Dancing from 2pm onwards|
|12th-14th July 2019||Huon Valley Midwinter Festival, Tasmania||More details soon...|
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The English Ale last happened on 21st May 2016 at Mylor Hall and Oval; a wonderful event and probably the biggest yet!
The event will return, bigger and better, in May 2017!
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