Folks A Bunchum
taking sides

The Folks Who Morris On

Well some sides, obviously we couldn't possibly list every single morris side in existence, that, in itself would take up an entire website, and would make for very boring reading.There are links all over this website to many morris sides, mens, womens, and mixed, and to the associated music, one entry, a favourite, is John Kirkpatrick's incredible record, The Duck Race,  the title track is a dance which John invented in 1998 as a finishing off-piece. There's even a junior morris side, see the picture above and the link to Ashley's (no relation) Rise Junior Morris below. We're of to the West Midlands and Birmingham at some point, the home side as it were. Lots to do and lots to see as we said on the front page, so it really is time for us to MORRIS ON !

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It is totally different in style from the later dances from Northwest England, which it pre-dates by over 100 years. These later dances from the region are processional in nature and were urban street dances that were often performed in the local carnivals and were therefore quite colourful and noisy, either accompanied by, or competing against, brass bands!
 
In 1972, after appearing on the ground breaking  Morris On, several dancers and musicians decided to leave Chingford Morris to form Albion Morris, following an approach from Ashley Hutchings (founder member of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span) during the formation
of the Albion Country Band.

Teams regularly used to dance at Banbury Fair and the well known Banbury eccentric, William 'Old Mettle' Castle was fool for the Adderbury team in the last century. During the nineteenth century the village had two or possibly three teams performing although the practice had died out by the 1880's. In 1974 the dances came back to Adderbury when the tradition was revived by two local dancers: Tim Radford and Brian Sheppard, who recruited a team, some of whom are still dancing today. For another view of the revival visit the article in the
Internet morris magazine "Shave the Donkey"

a performing morris side for young people aged 8 to 16 years of age.dancing the Cotswold and Border Traditions

 the original team of Bampton. We dance in the Cotswold style of Morris Dancing. It is belived that we have a history stretching back
at least 600 years.We are based at the Horseshoe Inn
Bridge Street, Bampton, Oxfordshire

based in Altrincham, Cheshire, England, UK.they are a side of male and
female dancers who perform traditional Morris Dancing.the name Bollin refers to the local River Bollin. 

first danced out in 1962.their own dances began to be developed soon after that, and they perform these almost exclusively. They are in the Cotswold style - six dancers to a set, using wooden sticks or handkerchiefs.In addition to the dancers, you may see two further characters: The Fool, who adds an element of fun and encourages audience participation, whilst the ram "Goldenballs" is our symbolic beast, personifying the fertility aspect of the dance.

based in Exeter, England. The side was formed in the late 1960's when Morris dancing was going through one of its revivals. Morris has been around for a long time. Something with the same name is referred to in some incredibly old documents, but we doubt if it looked much like the
Morris danced today.

a Morris side from Eastbourne who dance in the 'Border' tradition; that is they perform dances in the style traditional to the counties of Worcestershire, Shropshire and Herefordshire.

The earliest record of Morris dancing in Lichfield found so far is 1747. Records associate the Morris with Lichfield Bower which dates back to at least 1132. An engraving from about 1780 shows the Lichfield Whitsun Bower being led by Morris dancers.throughout the latter part of theighteenth century morris dancers performed in Lichfield every Whitsuntide and Christmas, and on the occasion of every election.

Celebrating their 51st anniversary, the Mendip Morris Men have always danced throughout the North Somerset area, performing the traditional dances of the Cotswolds  Mendip Morris Men can be identified by their red, gold and blue baldricks (crossed sashes) adorned with King Alfred’s jewel at the back and the Somerset wyvern at the front. Black breeches and gaily decorated straw hats complete the outfit. Each summer, on Thursday evenings, we dance outside local pubs and in village centres, bringing with us the exciting sight and sound of this ancient custom.

formed in 1972, during the ‘Morris On’ revival. Usually performing dances from the Cotswold tradition, Moulton have also created their own tradition of dances.
The team are proud to have three of the UK’s finest melodeon players amongst their ranks.

formed in 1981 a Cotswold Morris side, based in the Oakworth/ Haworth area of West Yorkshire. While in the past, the side was renowned for dancing in the
Lichfield tradition, falling numbers has meant this is no longer practical. Today, the main traditions danced are Adderbury, Bampton, Bledington, Headington, Ilmington, and Upton-on-Severn,with Brackley and Lichfield also danced on occasion.

are from Sheffield, S.Yorks. Pecsaetan [peck-suh-tan]an Anglo-Saxon tribe that were local to what is now the Sheffield area; "People of The Peak"

estd 1984
a women’s border Morris side from Northamptonshire, formed in 1985. The side
performs a mixture of traditional dances from Herefordshire, Worcestershire
and Shropshire- the Welsh border counties- along with modern dances written in the same spirit

formed in the village of Blisworth, Northamptonshire, in 1977 to dance traditional Clog dances originating from the Lancashire and Cheshire regions of
the North West of England

a listing magazine for dancers, morris and otherwise. is your team or side listed here? if not, get in touch with the good folks that run the listings

started in 1975, they are regular performers in and around Bishop's Castle.
Together with founder John Kirkpatrick, their reputation as pioneers in the revival of morris dancing extends very far indeed.The style of dancing is border
morris, native to the counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, and thought to be older than the better known Cotswold style. 

Events calendard, contact details and photographs of this men's side from Stratford Upon Avon.

This side originated within the folk club based at the Pickering Arms in Thelwall, just outside Warrington and not a million miles from, although not directly underneath, the notorious M6 Thelwall Viaduct. .

perform dances of the "Cotswold" style, and have concentrated on the Traditions, (or Collections), from the villages of Bucknell, Fieldtown, (now Leafield), and Stanton Harcourt, all in Oxfordshire.  We hope you notice the difference in the styles! and friends on myspace.

This is it and that is it and this is Morris dancing; the piper fell and broke his neck and said it was a chancer.You don't know and I don't know what fun we had at Brampton,with roasted pig and a cuddled duck and a pudding in a lantern.

a mixed side from the Medway Towns; Rochester, Chatham & Gillingham, Kent. our friends at MySpace.
 
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The Mother Of All Morris

Folks A Bunchum

Morris On 1972

Son of Morris On 1976

Grandson of Morris On 2002

Great Grandson of Morris On 2004

Morris On The Road 2005

Morris On The Road 2006

The Mother of All Morris 2007

The Magic Of Morris 2005

The Magic Of Morris 2 2006

A Touch of Morris 2007

Rattlebone and Ploughjack 1976

Womens Morris Sides

West Midlands Morris

The Duck Race 2004

Dancing Days 2004

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external internet links

Simpson, Fraser, Boyes, Freya,
Coope and Boyes (in that order).
A Christmas website from Sam and Lizzie.
 
Our take on The Guv'nor's
musical career and adventures.
 
In which we re-introduce ourselves
to a couple of familiar faces and
much song and dance is made.
 
The season of the year seen
through the words and music
of some of the folks.
Another Christmas website
from Sam and Lizzie.