The National Association of Men's Morris & Sword Dance Clubs

Musical Instruments Used For the Morris

Cotswold morris Dancers generally prefer to dance to music from one or two musicians. Border, North West, and Molly dancers may have a whole band of musicians - or even a brass band.

Three intrepid Gloucestershire Morris Men, Squire Tony Poulter (melodeon), and Pipe and Taborers, Steve Rowley and Gwilym Davies, in Arbucies, Catalonia, (about 30 miles north of Barcelona), 2nd to 4th November 2001, at the 17th Festa del Flabiolaires, a festival dedicated to their traditional instruments, the 'Flabiol et Bombo', (the local equivalent of the English pipe and tabor).

Note the musical instruments. The pipe and tabor is the old, and more traditional instrument for morris dances. Melodeons did not appear until the nineteenth century.

The fiddle was the other popular instrument. Underneath is a 'photo of Headington Quarry Morris Men - dancing Bean Setting to their fiddle player ....... in 189? When Cecil Sharpe came upon HQMM on Boxing Day 1899, their music was provided by William Kimber playing a concertina. 

1890s - Headington Quarry Morris Men dancing 'Bean Setting' to their fiddle player