The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

  • Christopher Todd's brilliant pastiche of Morris On
  • Simon Newman - Squire of the Morris Ring
  • Foot Up from Ravensbourne MM
  • Golden Star
  • Faithful City dance Upton at Upton 2019 - by Steven Archer

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..

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.

And finally, if you want to have the latest news and important updates sent direct to you, become a Subscriber.

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Latest news

You may recall we featured song-writers Phil Chappell and Phil Hambling's song and video “A Hundred Years Hence” starring still images of many morris sides.

On May Day, 2021, it will be released as a single and will be available for download through iTunes and other leading stores and will be available for streaming on Spotify and other streaming services. With its release they are hopeful that both the music and video of Morris dancing can reach the wider public, thus this endorsement.

Times are going to be tough for all associated with supporting the Morris World.  Perhaps now is the time to update your kit, learn a new instrument or some new songs.  Use the links to keep these businesses going! 

Statement from the Squire 

Thank you to those who have engaged in the discussion regarding the proposed changes to the constitution.  A number of points have been made and have been reflected upon. Considerable time has been taken by a number of members to offer alternative proposals and amendments for which I am thankful.

Newsletter No. 119 February 2021 including ARM proposals for constitutional changes and applications for Bagman vacancy and re-electable Area Reps positions.
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