The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

  • Saddleworth MM process across Tower Bridge
  • Faithful City dance Upton at Upton 2019 - by Steven Archer
  • Foot Up from Ravensbourne MM
  • First Class Stamp
  • Wakefield Morris Dancers

The Morris Ring was formed in 1934 and currently is an association of some 180 morris, sword and mummers clubs and teams keeping our wonderful traditions alive.

At our 2018 Annual Representatives Meeting there was overwhelming support for a proposal to enable any morris team, whatever its gender make up, to become a member of The Morris Ring if they support the founding principles of the organisation:

“The object of the Morris Ring shall be to encourage the performance of the Morris, to maintain its traditions and to preserve its history; to bring into contact all the Morris Clubs or Teams. The purpose of the Morris Ring is not to replace or supersede the existing organisations, but to sub-serve them. The Clubs shall in all respects retain their independence.”

Now any established Club or Team which meets regularly to enjoy Morris or Sword Dancing or Mumming, and endeavours to uphold the standards and dignity of the Morris, is eligible for Membership of the Morris Ring.

Full details of our membership benefits and process can be found on the A guide to Membership page.

You will find all you need to know about our rich historyofficers and contactsmember sidesmusic,  and Ring events within these pages ... and much, much more. Take time to browse our newsletters and announcements, publications and reports and spend your money freely in the Morris Shop.

Looking for a morris side near you?  Try our Find a Side page.

If you really want to have a good browse through all the content, see our Site Map!

For sides' news and updates, many more photos and chat, visit our more informal Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheMorrisRing.

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Latest news

You may recall we had advance notification of the new website www.cecilsharpspeople.org.uk earlier this month (see Cecil Sharp's People.org.uk – A valuable New resource)

The site has now has its official launch and has issued the following press release:

This edition of The Morris Dancer is a particularly lengthy one. It contains articles by authors well - respected in their field, well researched and for me, makes this perhaps the best edition Mac has had the honour to edit so far. He has always tried to be both interesting and challenging in the selection of material for the Dancer, and not avoiding a bit of controversy is a good start in achieving such an aim. He hopes you will find the following pages as interesting and informative as he does.

News

News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

"And let those that play your clowns say no more than is set down" - advice that Will Kemp may have done well to follow!

In 1600 Will Kemp, the most famous comic and clown of his generation and Will Shakespeare, most famous playwright in history, fell out in an argument over a play. Shakespeare stayed in London, writing for The Lord Chamberlain's Men and producing the plays still renowned the world over. Kemp embarked on a bizarre PR stunt, Morris dancing from London to Norwich.

18 April 2020

THE MORRIS RING IN THE NORTH WEST heartily invites you to set a course for the great maritime city of Liverpool on April 18th for this year’s Joint Morris Organisations’ National Day of Dance. Marvel at stunning architecture, delight in the famous Waterfront,wonder at the evocativeThree Graces and raise a glass to Scouse glory in one (or more) of the many brilliant boozers. You’ll be dancing under the gaze of the Liver Birds, capering directly above the oldest floating harbour in the world and, who knows, even rubbing shoulders with an ocean-going liner at Prince’s Landing Stage.