Contributions for Volume 7

The Morris Dancer is a journal for research on all aspects of morris dancing and cognate subjects, published by the Morris Ring. Launched in 1978 by Ewart Russell (Bagman of the Morris Ring, 1959–1971), the journal now extends to some six volumes of varying size and form. Since 2012, The Morris Dancer has existed solely as a digital publication.

In the summer of 2022, Mac McCoig retired as journal editor and handed over to Matt Simons. During his decade as editor, Mac produced eight issues across two volumes including many articles of great interest and originality. The new editor wishes to maintain the high standards of his predecessors and is aiming to issue the first edition of a new volume both in digital and print formats.
This is your opportunity to submit an article, review, or note for the seventh volume of this well-respected journal.


The Morris Dancer publishes articles on morris and related customs, both historical and contemporary. In doing so, the journal aims to combine erudition and accessibility, promoting a wider knowledge and understanding of morris dancing in its various forms.
Contributions may include, but are not restricted to:
• Research Papers and Case Studies
• Review Papers
• Research Notes and Works in Progress
• Reviews of books, CDs, digital resources, or exhibitions.

While the journal endeavours to provide a vehicle for original research, the editor would also welcome any offers of articles now out-of-print. Additional mentoring and advice are freely available to those unfamiliar with scholarly writing and the editorial process.
The summer of 2024 marks two centenaries significant to the history of morris in the twentieth century: the death of Cecil J. Sharp (23rd June) and the inaugural tour of the Travelling Morrice (–23rd June). To commemorate these anniversaries, we hope to issue two special editions in 2024, providing an opportunity for new critical perspectives on the legacies of Cecil Sharp and the Travelling Morrice respectively. The editor welcomes offers of papers on any aspect of Cecil Sharp’s work or the Travelling Morrice.


Dr. Matt Simons, Editor
Email:matt.j.simons [at]

Articles are copyright of the various authors and their opinions are theirs alone. They do not reflect the views of the Editor or the policy of the Morris Ring.


We have now added optically character read (OCR) versions of all of the Morris Dancer back catalogue working forwards from Issue 1 - May 1978.

Latest edition

The latest edition of The Morris Dancer is The Morris Dancer Volume 6, Number 2 November 2020 , published November 2020. File size is 2.13 MB.

Summary of contents

In this edition of the MD, I reproduce an article by Liz Mellish and Nick Green, originally presented at the ‘What to do with Folklore?’ International Interdisciplinary Symposium, Institute of Ethnomusicology SRC SASA, 24-29 September 2009 and Trapped in Folklore? Studies in music and dance tradition and their contemporary transformations, 2013. A very good juxtaposition of Romanian folk dance and English Morris dance, well researched and including some interesting analysis and an insight into Romanian traditional dance that most of us may be unfamiliar with.

George Frampton’s look at newspaper reports of traditional Molly dancing is an excellent and thorough piece of research. Let us also hope that, like Jameson Wooders, George will continue his researches and turn up some more fascinating Morris history.

As well as providing us with a memoir, John Jenner has listed some excellent material for future researchers in our field in his second contribution: the Travelling Morris and Old Dancers. It certainly demonstrates how much time and effort the TM spent in talking to the old dancers and validating their practice from the horse’s mouth.

An intriguing glimpse at a tangential but relevant part of Morris history is provided by Jameson Wooders. I can only hope that his curiosity will take him into other neglected corners of our tradition.

Peter Harrop’s response to Julian Whybra’s articles in previous editions of The MD. Julian is not a writer who steers shy of holding a controversial view on folk tradition, however if one holds to this standpoint, one must expect some well-researched flack.

Finally, I include an excellent article on Border Morris developments since 1963 by John Swift. Well researched and comprehensive, I have learned a lot from John’s writing and I hope when you read it, you will appreciate this facet of English traditional dance a lot more as a result. John’s essay on the Border tradition is a must-read for anyone interested in both Cotswold and Welsh Border Morris, being an excellent encapsulation of Border’s history and development in recent times.

Printed copies of Vol 6, No 2 can be available at £7.00 each, inc postage. Printed copies are B5 (170 x 245), Perfect bound with 250 gsm silk covers, full colour.
If you wish to join the subscription list for Vol 6, No 2, please email matt.j.simons [at] (Matt Simons) with your name, address and contact No. (Please indicate if you want to remain a subscriber for future editions, or your contact details will be deleted after your copy is posted.)

Editor’s note: I am experimenting with the availability of printed copies, and the price above depends on a run of at least 25 copies for Vol 6, No 2. Should there be little interest in your obtaining a beautifully bound copy of your favourite magazine, I will be unable to go to print. If there is more interest in this option, the price will reduce. For example, a run of 50 copies will work out at £4.50 inc postage. The final cost of each printed issue will depend, of course, on the number of pages and the number of copies requested.


All editions of The Morris Dancer

Title Publication Size Summary
The Morris Dancer Volume 6, Number 2 November 2020 November 2020 2.13 MB
The Morris Dancer November 2020 - another bumper edition.More
The Morris Dancer, Volume 6, No. 1. February 2020 1.65 MB

This edition of The Morris Dancer is a particularly lengthy one. It contains articles by authors well - respected in their field, well researched...More

The Morris Dancer Volume 5 No 6 April 2019 May 2019 1.85 MB
A revised version of the the edition published on 3rd May now including a review of Discordant Comicals - The Hooden Horses of East Kent and some...More
Volume 5 Number 5 September 2017 1.63 MB

The Oxford University Morris Men 1899 – 1914 Part Two (Continued from MD Vol 5 No. 3 Nov 2014) Roy Judge (1970) The Golden Bough, Mumming and St...More

Volume 5, Number 4 February 2016 1.53 MB
Editorial; The Longborough Morris; Morris Music – Some personal thoughts; The Hinckley Bullockers; Roy Dommett, Oddington and Thames Valley; The...More
Volume 5, Number 2 March 2014 1.73 MB
The Immortal Memory of Cecil Sharp; The Bradmore Morris Dancers of 1618; Morris in the Media – Two cuttings; Book Reviews: Wassailing - Reawakening...More
Volume 5, Number 3 February 2014 2.09 MB
Editorial; The Farnborough Morris; The Morris Dancer at Sulgrave Manor; The Lost Sword Dance; The Oxford University Morris Men 1899 – 1914 Part OneMore
Volume 5, Number 1 July 2012 1.46 MB
An introduction to the new editors; Further Reflections on Rural Morris Dance Sets in the Metropolis; The Immortal Memory; Revival of Morris Dancing...More
Volume 4, Number 2 May 2010 1.78 MB
The Lancashire Morris Before The War; The Millbrook (Stalybridge) Morris Dance; The Medlock Morris Dance; New Mills Morris Dancing; Mawdesley Morris...More
Volume 4, Number 1 January 2009 507.81 KB
A Just so story Or How The Rapper became; Coxbench Long Sword Dance; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; The Morris Ring Folkplay Archive - R. Shuttleworth...More