The Morris Ring is delighted to welcome the latest side to join to our new Joint Membership scheme the Wakefield Morris Dancers who are “very proud and excited to be part of The Morris Ring". And we’re proud to have them on board.
I have to inform you that, regrettably, there will not be a Hartley Morris Ale this year. This is due to the difficulty of obtaining the services of a caterer at reasonable cost, low numbers and rising fixed costs.
Thaxted Morris will have, as their special guests at their Morris Weekend 2019, a group of Basque dancers from Berriz a small town in the province of Biscay, in northern Spain. This will mark the 80th anniversary of a group of Basque dancers attending Thaxted Morris Weekend in 1939. Here is are links to photographs of the group.
Hosted by Uttoxeter/Stafford Morris Men, venue as last year:
Oak Farm Hotel, Watling Street ,Hatherton ,Cannock ,Staffordshire WS11 1SB
There are 20 twin bedded rooms and 5 double bedded rooms. Book early to get a twin room!
We may not be facing big issues this year but it is still an important event, never mind an excellent chance to catch up and actually have a chance to talk and chat properly without having to go and have a dance mid sentence (though there will be time for dancing later after a rather good feast).
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.
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
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.