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.
This year's Unconvention will be based at the Parish Rooms, Highnam community Centre, Highnam, Gloucestershire, GL2 8DG and will take place over the weekend of 12-14th October 2018. It will involve workshops, Saturday walking tour of Gloucester, plus the Feast at The Toby Carvery, Highnam. On Sunday we will have the AGM of course - your chance to have your say.
A busy weekend at the Morris Ring ARM. The membership voted to change the Constitution to remove the previous bar on non-male dancers in member clubs. This was however the end of a long process of consultation, debate within individual sides, discussions between sides and closing arguments at the meeting itself yesterday. The turnout for the vote was in excess of 80%, with 87% of votes cast in favour of the change.
This Constitution was agreed at the Annual Meeting of Club Representatives at Nottingham, 25th February 1978, and amended at the Annual Meetings at Sheffield, 26th February 1983, Yateley, 21st March 1987, Cheddar 16th March 1991; Moulton 21st March 1992, Mendip (Cheddar) 19th February 2011 and at Cannock 10th March 2018. .
2 Ploughing on: The Jockey Men's Morris Club - Steve Holder
3 Squire's Capers- Ed Worrall
6 Faithful City at Fifty - Tim Kelsey
7 The Green Man's Morris & Sword Club - Paul Oldhams
9 Thaxted and the Morris Ring - John Jenner
2018 Whitchurch Morris Men will be celebrating our 70th Anniversary of formation. From the small beginning of two families of brothers, who enjoyed country dancing, thinking they would like to give Morris Dancing a try, and progressing so well that Whitchurch MM were elected to join the Morris Ring in 1949, the side is still thriving and attempting to promote the Morris, and demonstrate good dancing, and fun!
The Hartley Morris Men will be holding their annual Ale over the weekend 8th-10th June 2018.
Our weekend Ales have always taken the format of a ‘traditional’ Ring Meeting (but without a Church service) so as with our 2017 event we are happy to again run it as one in 2018, to which all Morris Ring sides are invited to attend.
The Morris Ring welcomes applications from member sides to take part in the fortieth anniversary Jigs Instructional.
The Jigs Instructional offers Morris men of varying levels of accomplishment a weekend of high-quality dance coaching – even those who have no ambition to perform jigs in public.
Using the solo dance as a vehicle for instruction, this event offers a good basic grounding in the art and science of Cotswold Morris in general and the Morris Jig in particular.
There are parallel streams for improvers and for more confident practitioners, plus sessions for less experienced men covering some basic techniques of the Cotswold dance. It all happens in Sutton Bonington, just off the A6 between Loughborough and Derby.
The handout on the use of black face paint issued for the JMO day of dance, has now been withdrawn and is no longer to be used. In its place the Morris Ring and Open Morris have issued revised version for use in the same way. I.e. for sides who wish to have a handout when out dancing to help communicate with an audience. Please ensure the use of the previous JMO statement is discontinued.
The latest edition of The Morris Dancer is available for download featuring The Longborough Morris, Morris Music, The Hinckley Bullockers, Roy Dommett, Oddington and Thames Valley, The Oxford University Morris Men 1899 – 1914 Part 2 plus Mac McCoig's thoughtful, and thought provoking, editorial - "Morris Dance as a Metaphor for Traditional Life".
In issue 73 there are articles on, among others, Taylor's Men, Grand Union Morris, Bathampton Morris Men and the One Day Wonders. The Men of Sweyn's Ey - and one member of Morris 18-30 - are at a difficult age, and Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men go all ropey. There...