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Morris FedCast – July 2023 news & what’s on

Here’s your latest update – in particular … two new digital publications (free to download), books to buy or borrow, videos to watch, jig competiitons to enter, and loads of regional days of dance to go to.

New Publications

Dave Milner & Chas Leslie publications 2023 front coversResearchers have been busy … so we have two new digital publications for you, free to view online or download [PDF]:


See all MF Publications:

New Books

For a longer read, three new books were released this year – available to buy (see below) plus – for members – we have 1 copy of each to loan out from our Lending Library

  • “Carnivals, Contests and Coronations – a Social History of Morris dancing in Trafford before the Second World War” by Richard Nelson – and sponsored by the MF – available direct from Richard Nelson’s Shuffleback site
  • “All Step Up: the History of Manley Morris Dancers” by Derek Schofield, available direct from Derek Schofield’s web site
  • “The Ancient English Morris Dance” by Michael Heaney, available from Archaeopress or Amazon


Jig Competitions at Sidmouth & Whitby

Jig Comp 2014 James Cook Ben Moss Saul RoseJohn Gasson Jig Competition at Sidmouth
The 35th John Gasson Jig Comp will take place on Sunday 6th August 2023 at 15:00 in the Blackmore Dance Marquee, at Sidmouth Folk Festival.  To see the rules and enter the competition, download the pdf entry form at:  Entries are limited so send yours in now!

Cliff Barstow Jig Competition
The 8th Cliff Barstow Jig Competition will take place on Tuesday 22nd August 2023 at 16:30 in the Spa Foyer, at Whitby Folk Week.  The rules, and info on how to enter, will soon be available at:

Mike Heaney talk society balls screenshotMissed our online talks and workshops?

In case you missed it (ICYMI) – our online talks and workshops over the last 3 winters can now be found from our web site – with a new, easy-to-use, search facility (thanks to our volunteer Brian Kelly), see:

Abram-morris-peter-bearon-talk-screenshotYou can also get there very quickly in a browser by searching for #morrisfedvideo



In the media


Shropshire Bedlams & Martha Rhoden's Tuppenny DishMF & JMO Days of Dance


JMO 20th Birthday – JMO 3 logos in lineRegional Days of Dance to celebrate 20 years since the first JMO DoD in Trafalgar Square:


and next year … in 2024 …

  • Sat 13th April 2024 – JMO Day of Dance in Newark – hosted by Trentside Holmes – save the date

The latest and correct list of our events is at: MF Events

Events from other orgs





  • EFDSS VWML ConferenceEFDSS logo in London (or remotely) on Sat 11th – Sun 12th Nov 2023 – call for papers by 28th July


April 2024

  • DERT 2024DERT 2024 logo in Whitby on Fri 12th – Sun 14th April 2024




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