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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 Magic Of Morris. 2005
Rattlebone and Ploughjack. 1976
West Midlands Morris
The Duck Race 2004
Media
Womens Morris Sides
Links

Tight Squeeze Music

The Folks Who Morris On

Ashley's Rise Junior Morris [click for larger]

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.

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,
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 l
ocal 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

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 th
eighteenth 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 intouch with the good
folks that run the listings

started in 1975, they
are regular performers in
and around Bishop's Castle.
Together with founder
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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sam and lizzie
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