If you fancy diving into some morris history, or sniffing out some old clogs, or maybe you would rather dance a Cotswold jig or get your toes to learn a new clog stepping routine, or try out a new Border style dance, then have a peek at what we have on offer.
Come along to our events (LIVE on Zoom)
Here’s the current list – the ones marked “NEW!” have been added recently. Click on the links below to find out more and to register. We are still adding more events, so the latest and correct list will always be at: www.morrisfed.org.uk/events/. Also posted on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MorrisFed.org.uk.
last one in February 2021
- Workshop – Cotswold – Bledington Jig – Sun 28th Feb 14:00-15:30. As requested, our monthly Cotswold jig – a chance to learn ‘Lumps of Plum Pudding’ in the style of Bledington.
- Talk – Morris Music – a history – Taborers Society – Sat 6th March 17:00-18:30. Stephen Rowley on the history of morris music, then how to obtain tabor pipes for anyone wanting to learn (see follow-up workshop on 20th March).
- 2 Workshops – Clog Stepping for Intermediate – Melanie Barber – Sun 7th & 14th March 11:00-12:30. Learn the Whitby ‘Toesday’ Waltz for Intermediates, comprising ten steps. You’ll need a good knowledge of how to do shuffles, swanees and crunches.
- Talk – Sussex Bonfires – Keith Leech – Sun 7th March 16:00-17:30. A talk about the huge Guy Fawkes Night celebrations with fires, parades and festivals.
- Talk – Clogs in Britain & Beyond – Michael Jackson – Sat 13th March 16:00-17:30. A brief history of clog making in Britain, including European influences, and wooden footwear around the world. NEW!
- Workshop – Fiddle Playing for Morris – Sarah Matthews – Sun 14th March 14:00-15:30. Lots of hints & tips from Sarah on how to bring life to these ancient pieces of music for dancing to. NEW!
- JMO Workshop – Morris Census 2020 Results – Jack Worth – Sat 20th March 14:00-15:30. Presentation of the key findings, then an opportunity to chat in smaller groups. NEW!
- Workshop – Pipe and Tabor for beginners – Taborers Society – Sat 20th March 17:00-18:30. Learn to play Shepherds’ Hey Bucknell on the pipe and tabor with Andy Richards.
- Talk & Workshop – Kirtlington Morris – Sun 21st March 14:00-16:00. The history of Morris at Kirtlington Lamb Ale in the 17th-19thC, the reconstruction of Kirtlington dances in the 1970s, & the Kirtlington revival. Including a practical workshop on the dances.
- Workshop – Cotswold – 2 Ilmington Jigs – Sun 28th March 14:00-15:30. Come along to learn ‘Nelson’s Praise’ and ‘Jockey to the Fair’ in the style of Ilmington.
- Talk – ‘Merrie England Once More’? The Morris Revival c.1886-1951 – Matt Simons – Sat 3rd April 16:00-17:30. Born out of a widespread fervour for ‘Merrie England’ – a brief overview of the ‘Cotswold’ revival movement. NEW!
- Workshop – Border – ‘Waiting for the Vaccine’ solo dance – Sat 10th April 15:00-16:30. Linda Glanville & Pauline Woods-Wilson teach a newly-devised solo Border style dance. NEW!
- Talk – Good Morning, Lords and Ladies – Gill & Barry Goodman – Sun 11th April 16:00-17:30. The magic, mystery & madness of English traditional customs in story, song & visual images.
- Talk – The Adderbury Morris Men – Sun 25th April 16:00-17:30. Find out about the Adderbury tradition in Oxfordshire that died out in the 19thC, what sparked its revival in 1975, and what happened next.
How to access an event
Register for an event, and a couple of days before we’ll email you a Zoom link to access it, plus another reminder about an hour before. Don’t worry if you’ve not used Zoom before, we’ll send you some hints & tips. We are recording some of the events, which will appear on the MF YouTube channel when they have been processed.
Fancy being our Events Officer?
It has been a lot of fun organising these events for you, and we’ve already had requests and volunteers to run online events over Winter 2021/22. So we now have a role of ‘Events Officer’ up for grabs. If you fancy making our events happen, which includes liaising with potential speakers/workshop leaders, creating web pages, managing the bookings, emailing registrants and hosting the events, please contact us with info about your experience and what you could bring to the role.
We need your video editing skills!
We’ve been recording most of the online events, but it takes a lot of time to do a professional job on them to edit out all the little interruptions, and add the branding and credits. If you have some spare time and video editing skills and would like to help improve our videos for posterity, then please contact us with info about your experience and how you could help.