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Workshop – “How Can IT Help Your Side?” – Brian Kelly (LIVE on Zoom)

Sunday 15 January 2023, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Recording of resources

This talk took place using the Zoom video service on  15 January 2023. A recording of the two main talks were made shortly after the event and are available on YouTube:

Also see the “Survey: Morris Side Profiles on the First Page of Google” document for evidence of the effectiveness of this work.

Workshop – “How Can IT Help Your Side?” – Brian Kelly

You probably want to recruit new dancers or musicians. Or you want event organisers to easily find details of your side. 

So if details of your side were to be found in the first few results for a Google query such as “looking for a mixed morris side in Dorset which welcomes new members” you’d be very happy. Especially if the first result included photographs and videos of your side.  

That problem has been solved – even if your side does not have a website (in brief: add appropriate words and upload photographs and videos to your Morris Federation’s Teamfinder service). 

And this approach can also be used so that your side’s hashtag leads to managed information about your side – for example, try a Google search for “#newcastlekingsmen” or “#wyldmorris” 

This is one example of the work being carried out by the Morris Federation to support their sides (and the wider Morris community) in exploiting online services. Other areas can be seen from the range of advisory documents published on the Morris Federation’s IT Resources area. 

We have also published a number of surveys of use of online services across the community, which can be helpful in identifying areas of best practice and areas in which improvements can be made. 

The “How Can IT Help Your Side?” Zoom workshop will build on this work, and will provide an opportunity for you to identify areas in which you’d like to know more about – as well as areas in which you have expertise which you’d be willing to share. 

In order to identify areas of particular interest we invite all members of the morris, sword and traditional dancer community to let us know what you’d like to know more about. Please complete the short online form (note you can give your areas of interest even if you are not able to attend the workshop). 

To register

Please complete this online form: Register for the Talk -“How Can IT Help Your Side? – Brian Kelly”; 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

Optional donations can be made to the DEC Ukraine – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal 


See more advice and guidance in the IT Resources: Advice and Support area of the Morris Federation, including digital preservation and governance of IT systems.

Your host

Brian Kelly is probably best known in the Morris and Rapper world for his performances as a comic character with the Newcastle Kingsmen, having won many DERT prizes with Chris Pitt and the Kingsmen over 30 years of performing together, not only at DERT events and festivals including Broadstairs, Whitby and Sidmouth. Brian has also taken part in overseas trips to folk festivals in places including Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Syria. 

In addition to dancing with the Newcastle Kingsmen, Brian has also danced with a number of other rapper and sword teams including Sallyport Sword, Black Cap, Northgate Rapper and Haymarket Rapper, whom he currently dances with (they’re the experienced and mature dancers and musicians from the Newcastle Kingsmen who are difficult to find, restricting their performances normally to three weekends a year in towns and cities will good pubs with wooden floors!)  Brian has also danced Cotswold for Green Ginger Morris and, more recently, with Wyld Morris – although he is happy to confess that he dances Cotswold like an aging rapper dancer (although his hocklebacks may be embarrassing to watch, he did publish a total of 40 weekly YouTube shows for Wyld Morris during Wyld Morris’ 10th anniversary year)!  

During his working life, Brian worked in IT and became known for setting up probably the first university website in the UK (in 1992, when fewer than 100 companies have published details of their website!). In 1996 he was employed at UKOLN, University of Bath as UK Web Focus, a national adviser about the web for UK universities. Brian gave over 400 talks during his time at UKOLN throughout the UK and at conferences around the world.  He particularly remembers attending a conference in Brisbane, Australia when the technical infrastructure (the ‘page ranking) for a new search engine developed at Stanford University – yes, it was Google! 

Brian is now enjoying using his IT and web skills and experiences to support the Morris Federation, Morris Federation team members and, through his participation in JMO events, the wider Morris community.  

Recording of previous event

A previous talk took place using the Zoom video service on 3 April 2021. A recording of the talk is available on YouTube: “Getting to the Top of Google (and Other IT Issues)” In addition you can also watch the following shorter recordings of rehearsals of the talks given:

A review of the talk is also available.


Sunday 15 January 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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