Hastings’ own Rhys performs at the Royal Albert Hall

Rhys Boorman with other members of Morris Offspring
Rhys Boorman with other members of Morris Offspring

A YOUNG Morris dancer performed at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London in front of thousands of people last week.

Rhys Boorman took part in the Radio 2 Folk Awards last Wednesday (February 19).

Fisherman’s Friends and Morris Offspring both were part of the Stade Saturday’s programme last year. Members of Faustus, who accompanied Morris Offspring on The Stade last year, also performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of another well-known folk band, Bellowhead.

Rhys, who is part of Morris Offspring, said: “I’ve never been to the Royal Albert Hall before, so to perform in front of 4,500 people and in front of television cameras was an amazing experience.

“I started Morris dancing with local Hastings side Mad Jack’s eight years ago. But I didn’t think that it would lead to so much more. I did two tours of England last year, including one with Steeleye Span, and I also did a short Morris dancing tour to America and Canada. And I certainly didn’t think I’d be dancing on stage at the Albert Hall at the national Radio 2 Folk Awards.”