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This is the time-of-year for many Guisers and Mumming Plays. Tracking the many performances is difficult! Two recommended ways are to look for past folk play performances, or search the Master Mummers performance index.


News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

31 May 2019

This year we shall be dedicating the weekend to the memory of Ian Anderson, who, as well as being Thaxted Morris Men Treasurer, was the Morris Weekend Bagman. Ian contributed massively to the success of our weekends of Morris dancing and was a friend to many of you and your sides.

The programme:

The weekend format is the same as it has been for the last 90 years and is a men only weekend. Informal dancing Friday evening followed by singing and music in in the Maypole or Star. The Swan is for those who prefer a quieter night.

7 Jun 2019

We will be holding our annual Ale 2019 over the weekend 7th, 8th & 9th June and we would like Morris Rng member sides to come and join us. 

We still have some details to finalise, including the cost, but this is what we propose,

The Weekend will be based in our home village of Wrotham in Kent with its three pubs.

30 Mar 2019

The Joint Morris Organisations' National Day of Dance will take place on Saturday 30th March 2019 in Manchester, hosted by Medlock Rapper on behalf of The Morris Federation.

10 Nov 2018

Many thanks to those who did apply, but we're still several short of a viable number, so this event is CANCELLED.

The plan is for a re-run after the ARM.

Thanks to those who did apply, and my apologies that we didn't get sufficient interest

We have been contacted by Film Director Stewart Hajdukiewicz asking for support for what appears to be a most interesting project.  We are very happy to help.

Many morris teams are ending their dancing season and will be returning to their practice halls to perfect next year's performances ... This is usually the best time to join a morris side, and you will probably find the majority of them will be running "taster" sessions or open practice nights where you can meet the side and have a go for your self, be it as a dancer or musician.  You can be certain of a warm welcome and it would be very unusual if there wasn't room for new members! But be warned, this could be a life changing decision - a wonderful one.

A message from our new squire

Introducing our New Dance collator's thoughts and plans.

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.

Just published by the Bagman, the January 2018 edition of The Newsletter

As part of our continuus improvement programme, we have enhanced our search functionality, prompted by a head scratcher for one of our site visitors.

After entering your search words in the  box to the right of the page header, you can either hit "return" on your keypad as before, or now just click on the magnifying glass to submit your criteria.

The majority of traditional Whitsuntide events have migrated to the Late Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May. The late Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May attempts to deal with the fact that Whitsuntide is a moveable feast dependent on the date of Easter. Thus the Whit Monday holiday is not necessarily at the church's Whitsuntide. As always, check for the actual date of the event.

Papers from a conference held at Cecil Sharp House, London, 25 - 26 March 2017, organized in partnership by Historical Dance Society with English Folk Dance and Song Society and The Morris Ring, The Morris Federation and Open Morris. Edited by Michael Heaney  

1 Jun 2018

The weekend format is the same as it has been for the last 90 years.  This includes male only performances, including musicians.  Informal dancing Friday evening followed by singing and music in in the Maypole or Star.   The Swan is for those who prefer a quieter night.

Coach tour on the Saturday with a hot meal at the lunch time pub on your tour.   An evening feast sandwiched in between two evening massed shows in Town Street – which is closed to traffic – culminating with our version of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.

Morris events take place on or around May Day (which is, of course, the 1st of May usually regardless of the date of the May Day bank holiday Monday). These are the events we are aware of - if yours is not included please contact the webeditor.

St George's Day has become a regular season opener for many sides with celebrations of our patron saint the length and breadth of England.

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Dancing England 2019

Dancing England, the showcase for the best of Traditional Dance in England , is planned to be held on 26th January 2019 in Nottingham .

The MR will be a major sponsor in 2019 as we were in 2017.