The first few days in the UK I spent at the Longsword Dancing Competition Hosted by the Redcar Sword Dancers. In particular I got adopted by Newcastle Kingsmen, and met with Monkseaton dancers, some of whom had been in Basque country and met my friends there!
I ended up joining the Kingsmen and dancing out with them several times. A great bunch of guys and I learned a lot!
I also ended up dancing with Carlisle Morris and Sword, Hexham Morris Men, High Spen Blue Diamonds (Rapper), and even squeezed in some time with Sallyport (Rapper).
Frank is an amazing source of knowledge about rapper, life in the north of England and the production of rappers (and engineering in general!) I am honored to have been able to work with him and learn so much.
We had a great gig all about whisky and I ended up living in their house for a bunch of my visit. Thanks guys!
One last tidbit was the Occupy Newcastle movement. On the day I arrived in Newcastle I met a bunch of people sitting around Earl Grey’s monument with Occupy signs. I spent a few nights there and many days and am pleased to say that Newcastle is still occupied!
I’ve just come from filming a sword dance in Villanueva de los Cruces in Huelva, Spain with my friend Ariela. That will be the subject of the next post!