Morris Federation AGM 2021 (LIVE on Zoom)

Online over Zoom

The Morris Federation's AGM in 2021 will be held online over Zoom, as it was in 2020.  For further details see the AGM page.

Talk – “Considering Morris Dance Costumes as English National Dress” – Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe (LIVE on Zoom)

Online over Zoom

This talk engages with a recurring popular quandary: Why does England not have a national dress? Starting its exploration in the Edwardian folk revival and finishing in the late twentieth century, this talk will consider the shifting relationships between revival morris costumes and the deliberate projection of Englishness. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

Workshop – Whitby Toesday Hornpipe Clog Routine for Beginners & Intermediates – Melanie Barber (LIVE on Zoom)

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Melanie Barber will teach both the Whitby Toesday Hornpipes, for Beginners and Intermediates, comprising ten steps, which she wrote for the Whitby Folk Week Community Facebook Group in 2016. A basic knowledge of clog techniques such as straight and round shuffles would be useful but not essential.  11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

Workshop – Cotswold Morris – Ducklington Jig ‘Nutting Girl’ (LIVE on Zoom)

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Andrew Knight and Lin Steel, with musician Tony Warren, will teach a Cotswold morris jig (solo dance) for those with some experience of Cotswold morris, also suitable for those who attended our beginners Cotswold workshop in last year. The dance is 'Nutting Girl' in the style of Ducklington.  Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

Talk – “A History of Mumming” – Stephen Rowley (LIVE on Zoom)

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In the last 20 years significant advances have been made in understanding the origins of mumming and mummers plays.  The ‘pagan’ fertility ritual of life and death theory has been thoroughly rebutted and shown to be a misguided scholastic invention of the 1880s.  Examination of the evidence reveals a rich and colourful story of traditions with threads extending far beyond the shores of Britain. Click on the name of the event for more info and to register for a place.

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