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

Lichfield

For an account of "The Morris in Lichfield" see Roy Judge's article in Folklore, Vol 103:ii, 131-159, 1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dances and tunes as listed in A Handbook of Morris Dances

1.The Bower Processional Jour EFDSS
2.The Bower Processional Jour EFDSS
3.Vandalls of Hammerwich Jour EFDSS
4.Nuts in May Jour EFDSS
5.Ring O'Bells Jour EFDSS
6.Milley's Bequest Jour EFDSS
7.The Sheriff's Ride Jour EFDSS
8.The Bare-Footed Quaker (The Black Joker) Jour EFDSS
9.Castlering Jour EFDSS
10.Shepherds' Hey Jour EFDSS
11.All the Winds (Solo jig. No music - performed to the rattle of bones - practiced whistling Pop Goes the Weasel)
 

 

Sources: 
Jour EFDSS Vol. VIII No 2, 1957 (compiled by Alex Helm). This tells of the recovery of the Litchfield tradition, and contains most of the authentic material available; it derives mainly from notations of three unknown collectors in 1898/99 (RD believes 10 years later), and from a 1924/25 dancer. It leaves room for interpretation, and I am indebted for much help to Jack Brown (JB) of the Staffordshire Morris Men and John Venables of the Green Man's Morris (GMM). There are minor differences in performance between these two clubs, which have specialised in the tradition.
All the Winds was a solo jig, no music - performed to the rattle of bones and using four hats, they whistled "Pop Goes the Weasel at practices.

Dance tunes for this tradition

ABC Sheet music mp3
Castlering Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Milley's Bequest Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Nuts in May Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Ring O' Bells Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Shepherds' Hey Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Bare-Footed Quaker (The Black Joker) Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Bower Processional Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Bower Processional (not used) Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
The Sheriff's Ride Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF
Vandalls of Hamnmerwich Binary Data ABC PDF icon PDF