In a tiny cul -de-sac tucked away in this lovely old town of Dorchester families were preparing for a street party.
Vintage bunting was draped around parasols, patio furniture adorned with flowers, pot plants carefully arranged in the road, a huge number of sausages and chicken on the BBQ, delicious cold salads set out, jacket potatoes, young children scooting by, older children keeping a watchful eye on their siblings, parents chatting and enjoying the beautiful evening sunshine. A sleepy road had burst into life, buzzing with excitement in anticipation of The Street Party.
Dorchester is the gateway for the Jurrassic Coast and is the county town of Dorset. It is just 8 miles from Wemouth, has much to offer – museums, (including an exhibition dedicated to the ancient Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun), great shopping, a choice of cafes and restaurants, peaceful riverside walks, home to and inspiration for the author Thomas Hardy, all just minutes from the town centre. But tonight, the spotlight was not on the town centre, but on this tiny little road.
Brementown together with Morrigan Dagda and Dorset Ceilidh were booked for the evening. An evening of music and dancing. Their music, traditional celtic folk, with melodies from all around the UK, was played with an exciting upbeat grove! The fast and toe tapping tunes were played effortlessly by the accordian and flute, while the guitar and drums completed the line up and kept an extremely vivacious and lively groove going! Ann (who was the caller for the evening) really knew how to include both young and old, encouraging them to promenade, dosey doe, and swing their partner! It was exhausting but brilliant fun.
Thank you so much for the invite…..we certainly need more street parties like this in the South!
Listen: Music for a found harmonium… http://soundcloud.com/morrigandagda/music-for-a-found-harmonium
Dorset Ceilidh: http://www.dorsetceilidh.com/