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Workshop – Cotswold Morris – 2 Ilmington Jigs (LIVE on Zoom)

Sunday 28 March 2021, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Knights of King Ina

Recording of event

This workshop took place using the Zoom video service on 28 March 2021. A recording of the workshop is available on YouTube: Ilmington – Nelson’s Praise & Jockie to the Fair Jigs – KOKI – Workshop – Cotswold Morris – 2021.

Workshop – Cotswold Morris – 2 Ilmington Jigs

Andrew Knight and Lin Steel, with musician Tony Warren, will teach 2 Cotswold morris jigs (solo dance) for those with some experience of Cotswold morris, and also suitable for those who attended our beginners Cotswold workshop in November/December.

The dances are ‘Nelson’s Praise’ and ‘Jockey to the Fair’, both in the style of Ilmington.

This is being run as a 1 hr 30 minute run through of the Ilmington Style and is open to anyone wanting to give the Ilmington Style a try; particularly suitable as a reminder for those that followed the Nov/Dec workshop on Ilmington.  It is hoped that some will take a jig out in the summer of 2021 and perform it in some form if we are able.  Whatever your genre of morris adding a Jig is an excellent way to make a contrast in the performance of your side.

A desire to learn / better one’s technique / be able to learn from viewing on a screen is desirable.

Your hosts

Dance leaders – Andrew Knight and Lin Steel, with Musician Tony Warren.  Lin has danced from early childhood and is a professional dance teacher with the RAD, her Morris history starts with Border and she made the transition to Cotswold on moving to Somerset, she has danced most genres of Morris.  Andrew is an Osteopath and has danced Morris for 25+ years almost exclusively Cotswold; both have been teachers/fore(wo)men and leaders/squires of several teams and both dance with multiple teams.  Andrew wrote the Warm up information 2nd edition for The Morris Federation.

Andrew, Lin and Tony currently perform with the Knights of King Ina morris jig team, based in Somerset (see more below).

To register

Please complete this online form: Register for the Workshop – Cotswold – 2 Ilmington Jigs; you will receive a confirmation email immediately (check your spam/junk/promotions folder!).  We will send you a Zoom link a couple of days before the event.  Open to all – you don’t have to be a member of a team in The Morris Federation.

Optional Donations

If you enjoy this event, then it would be wonderful if you could send a donation, small or large, to Yeovil Freewheelers Blood Bikes: https://www.yfwbloodbikes.org/


– Video: Warming up and Cooling Down for Morris Dancers  on the MF YouTube Channel

For Nelson’s Praise:

– Video: Andrew Knight dancing Ilmington – Nelson’s Praise and dancing Ilmington – Nelson’s Praise (filmed from behind, no music)

For Jockie to the Fair (which we workshopped for beginners in Nov/Dec 2020):

– Video: Andrew Knight dancing Ilmington – Jockie to the Fair

For Ilmington in general:

– A folder containing: Dance Notation, music dots and MP3 for Ilmington (incl Nelson’s Praise & Jockie to the Fair) in the MF Notation Library

Knights of King Ina

See the KOKI Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheKnightsOfKingIna and the King Ina YouTube Channel

KOKI – back in 2010 faced with the imminent demise (never happened) of a set team, several people joined to study Jig dancing as a way of improving their dance and to avoid being reliant on large numbers to go to Festivals. That and there are not many Jig teams about – at the time we found 2 active and 2 inactive in the UK and another also just starting out like us.

At the outset we decided to avoid the inevitable provenance arguments about how its supposed to go and to revisit the – usually handwritten – first collection notes. Our re-interpretation of these is the same starting point that all the revivalists had (apart from those meeting the old dancers) any subsequent variation from first recorded is to suit the dance to us.

Over the years from humble beginnings we have performed at many festivals, won medals, and given a workshop series twice a year in Somerset covering most of the traditions that have Jig dances in their repertoire. There is a notation series and music for all of these available free from us. We now have regular members from the South Coast to Herefordshire and meet regularly to practice (subject to legal restrictions!), members of the team have taught and performed in Europe and Australia and during Lockdown we developed a video set and notation for Ilmington teaching used internationally.


Sunday 28 March 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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