Wakefield Morris Video Archives
Last Update 4thMay 2019
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The challenge of converting VHS tapes to DVD format was sorted out some time ago. OK let's be brutal it was actually 2009 when I got round to documenting some of the stuff for the web. Then I set out to see about getting the video up onto the web - or even samples. Days past, months flew by and became years and still the basic fact of the matter was that video files are HUGE.
But if you want a copy of any of the material described here contact me and we can discuss ways and means. Former team members can be assured of mates rates.
So I'm putting the list up here for all to see. The quality of the material is variable and one "tape" even has a short break where someone started recording a golf match over the tape! But it is a record of the team before phones could take hours of video and have it on You Tube before the sun had set on the day. Yes this stuff goes back to the days when video cameras required strong arms to lift them and provided a just few precious minutes of material on tape before either the tape ran out or the battery went flat. Several of the tapes were the work of a chap, Tony if I recall, who was wheel-chair bound and made it a mission to record and then edit as much Morris dancing as he could. If anyone out there knows who he was and can supply more information then I'll give him the credit he deserves for his splendid work.
I will continue to look for ways to provide samples of the archive on the web, short of spending a kings ransom on disc space. Yes I know that in the equal opportunites world that should be a "ruling monarch's ransom" but I should worry. What do you mean "Is that apostrophe right?". Look we're getting bogged down here - let's press on.
Hey it's 2019 and I can buy a terra byte of storage for what seems to be a modest sum. I found this out when my 80gb hard drive collapsed whilst I was editting a video clip of the grand daughter being cute. Of course a back-up of the disc was on hand - though somewhat out of date and lacking the whole of the morris video stuff - before you ask thats because it's on CD/DVD so why copy it I figured? So getting it back will be a slog but in the process I can now convert to MP4 and lots of other formats. Whilst I'm there I'm also extracting clips of individual dances which one day I will upload to the dreaded interweb - just don't hold your breath.
- Cleethorpes-Folk Festival 2000
- Grand Union Rapper Weekend
- Grand Union Rapper (Extra material)
- Great Western Whit tour 1986
- Horbury-Suite of dances
- Park School display
- Seven Champs Weekend 19??
- Rochester and oddments
- Seven Champs & Warwick
- Solicitors Show 1995
- Skills Olympics - 1989
- Towersy Festival -1990
- Wakefield-10th Birthday
- A Micellany of NW Morris (mostly)
- Warwick Folk Festival -1991