We are told Summer is here and we've summarised those traditional events we know of. The season is brimful with activity and a visit to the Find a Side page will no doubt reveal many more opportunities to enjoy our quintessential summer past-time in your area, though wellingtons and umbrellas may be as essential as sticks and handkerchiefs.
2017 sees the centenary of the death of historian, folklorist and archaeologist Percy Manning (1870-1917). It would be hard to overstate Manning’s influence on the revival of morris dance in the twentieth century. Perhaps most crucial is the fact that his work in reviving the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers made possible and stimulated the subsequent work of Cecil Sharp and others in collecting dance material and promoting a folk revival.
Organised in partnership by The Historical Dance Society with The English Folk Dance and Song Society and The Morris Ring, The Morris Federation, Open Morris.
The focus of the conference is morris dancing in all its forms (including rapper, long sword, molly, and other ceremonial dance) within the British Isles and its history up to recent times.
New Year's Day is becoming an increasingly popular "tradition" adding to the activities surrounding 12th Night and Plough Monday. These are the events we are aware of - there's still time to add your side's activity if we've missed it.
The Morris Ring invites member sides to send delegates to its annual Jigs Instructional; the event is led by Geoff Jerram (of fame, renown and Winchester Morris Men) and offers Morris men of
varying levels of competence a weekend of high-quality dance coaching – even those who have no ambition to perform jigs in public. But be quick - it's filling up fast.
The Australian Morris Ring in conjunction with the annual National Ale is organising a tour to commence in Adelaide, travel to Melbourne, and then concluding in the Australian national capital, Canberra.
They would like to invite sides to visit Australia to take part in their 2017 National Ale and Tour.
This weekend's East Suffolk Ring meeting saw the Squire Elect, Eddie Worrall, take up office. Sides from all over the country – and Utrecht from Holland, gathered together to see Adam Garland, the outgoing Squire, dance the final jig of his tenure to the playing of his sister Emma. He handed over to Eddie who played for members of his own side, the Saddleworth Morris Men, who “danced him in” in traditional North West style.
Ring Meeting 353 - The meeting is based in the Thomas Mills High School in the small Suffolk Market Town of Framlingham. During this weekend meeting the Ring Squire Elect, Eddie Worral, will take office from Adam Garland, the current Ring Squire and member of East Suffolk Morris Men.
The countdown has begun to the Thaxted Morris weekend! 18 teams are represented this year.
Friday 9:00pm Informal dancing in the Churchyard.
Saturday 10:00am Four coach tours traveling around the local area. Please see map below. 6:00pm Procession to Town Street and massed dancing. 9:30pm Massed dancing in Town Street. 10:15pm Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.
Ring Meeting 351 - East Surrey are one of the founding members of the Ring. If you haven't decided yet which Ring meeting your side is attending we are looking for a few more sides to help us celebrate their 90th anniversary.
Striving to produce a high standard of Cotswold Morris, they would welcome sides who share this passion as well as those who can bring the rhythms and steps of other traditional or modern sides to demonstrate the broad diversity of Morris dancing.